In his own words
I remember telling my mom when I was 14 years old… I WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR WHEN I GROW UP!
So I became a rock star.
Ironically enough the pursuit of that goal left me with quite the “Peter Pan” complex. It wasn’t even until a year or two ago, that I became wise enough to learn; that I will NEVER be wise ENOUGH. I have been a millionaire, and I have slept on a park bench because I had no home of my own. I have been loved “big” by some, and equally hated by others.
Every success I have achieved in this life has been preceded by countless, monumental failures and still, to this day, I am figuring out exactly who I am. I always lived my life by the mantra: NO WHAT IF’s. If you want something, make it happen, and never let anything pass you by. You only get one ride on this carousel so make everyday worth it. Do it. So there will never be any “what if’s?” when you look back on your life. (that ties into that Peter Pan complex) At the end of the day, while I am definitely not proud of everything I have done in this life, I am content knowing I took all that this world had to offer, and in some small way made a mark of my own.
I was born in Morgantown, WV on April 2, 1979 to loving parents, who are still together to this day. The oldest of four boys, It didn’t take me long to figure out how to be a leader. I performed in my first venue when I was 14 years old with my band “Tasteful Aggression.” The “TreeHouse,” a bar in Columbia, SC that offered an “All ages battle of the bands” one Tuesday night a month. I’ll be the first to say, that we were TERRIBLE, but the feeling I got from performing in front of a group of people changed me forever. It was shortly after that I proclaimed to my mother and father: I WANT TO BE A ROCKSTAR WHEN I GROW UP!! My family moved around from state to state a lot as I was growing up, but it never stopped my pursuit of music.
I learned how to play every instrument, but was always drawn to being a “front man.” I even practiced standing up and playing, and singing at the same time, when I would rehearse in front of my mirror in my parent’s house everyday. Being in front of people always came very naturally for me. And even though I was, and still am far from the most talented musician ever. There are few that are as entertaining in a live setting.
I found success with a couple groups throughout my career as a musician, most notably with the band vs. the earth in 2011. I have also enjoyed a prospering solo career, as a performer and song writer, having several of my songs picked up by other artists, as well as being showcased in movies, TV shows, and video games. Those triumphs have given me the opportunity to pursue my other passions as well, including visual art, cooking, and acting. I also am constantly striving to build many different business endeavors, ranging from a couple signature restaurants, to a branded clothing, and beverage line.
This life for me, has not been easy, but nothing worth getting is. I feel extremely blessed for everything I have been able to get a hold of so far. Being able to provide for my beautiful wife, son, and new baby girl (on the way), by doing something I truly love.
That is a gift…and I have had a lot of fun along the way. I strive to keep one eye on my family, and one eye on the next mountain to climb, and I’m always ready to do the work, for the reward. At the end of the day, I am just that same passionate kid, telling the world: I WANT TO BE A ROCKSTAR WHEN I GROW UP!!
… and while I have grown up, and I have been a “famous musician.”
There is more to being a “Rock Star” than that, and I am happy to be living that way!