How did you first get involved with music?
My father played bass in a jazz band when he met my mother during one of his shows in Butte, Montana. When I was a kid, he would play his old recordings for me and my siblings, much to our chagrin. I must have inherited my father’s talents because I decided one day about 14 years ago to teach myself to play guitar, and picked it up fairly quickly. The singing I suppose is the result of long drives singing along to the radio.
Was there a defining moment when you realized you were “a musician?”
It was probably the third or fourth time I had played in public, and I was playing at The Curb in Meridian. At the bar that night was a talented musician who is very well-known in Boise and had a long career playing all over the world. He came up to me after the show and told me how impressed he was with my sound. It’s always nice to get compliments, but hearing such positive feedback from another respected artist made me feel like I might not be half bad at this music thing,
Who are your musical inspirations?
John Mayer is an amazing guitar player. His rhythms and cool chord progressions inspired me. My favorite vocalist is Brandon Boyd from Incubus. I like a wide variety of music, and my shows definitely reflect that. Some of my favorite bands are Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, Incubus, Chainsmokers, Coldplay and several others.
How do you think music can make connections within our community?
I’ve met so many people through playing music and community events. The past three years, I’ve played at Zoo Boise for The Autism Society, an amazing event for the most inspirational people. Last summer, I played at Kleiner Park for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and also got to meet Mayor [Dave] Bieter. There are so many wonderful community events in the Treasure Valley and seeing people come together for a cause while enjoying live music makes it so much fun as a performer.
Favorite song to play? To listen to?
That’s a tough one. It’s always fun to play “Santeria” by Sublime. I love listening to “Oceans” by Hillsong United—such a beautiful and inspirational song.
Where can we catch one of your gigs?
You can usually find me downtown. I will be on the patio at Solid every Saturday evening this summer. I also will be playing at Amsterdam Lounge, the Reef patio and Big Al’s patio at The Village and every other Friday at Divine Wine in Meridian. Check my personal Facebook page for specifics.
What advice would you give to young musicians?
I would say play the songs you love because your passion will always show though. If you play with passion, the audience will appreciate it.
"The rivers run and the oceans wave but I’m here standing still/Caught between the things I know and the way you make me feel/Saving grace and spending time is all that I know/The depths of your never-ending faith just gripping through my soul." —"Signs" from "Break Away" (2014)