Christmas of 2003 I received my first guitar and ever since I have been pickin' and strummin' away!
Who or what inspired you to play?
My stepfather, Jim, had played guitar for many years and convinced me to pick it up after much coaxing and repeated references to the guitar as a "babe magnet." But I give credit to Tommy Emmanuel for making music something that I wish to do for the rest of my life.
How would you categorize your style of music?
Well, I enjoy listening to so many different styles of music and I try to incorporate some of those styles into my own writing. But! I write what comes naturally to me and I think that is important. You will go further creating your own path than following a path that has already been cut.
Who are your major influences?
Everyone from Beethoven to Coldplay to the Chieftans. But without a doubt, Tommy Emmanuel is my biggest influence. He's the best! Also, John Prine, Willie Porter and the Beatles are some of my top favorites as well. Somewhere up there is Bill Mallonee, Led Zeppelin, Loggins and Messina, Simon and Garfunkel, (and all that classic rock). Bruce Cockburn, Burlap to Cashmere, Rick Mullins, the Dispatch, Bella Fleck, Jack Johnson, Moneen, and of course, Chet Atkins, Pierre Bensusan, Michael Hedges, Alex Degrassi, and so on and so on...
From where do you get your inspiration to write your music and lyrics?
Oh man, that's a toughie. I love nature; I find Mother Nature to be so humbling and mysterious and beautiful. The way everything works hand in hand is so mind-boggling! Emotions - are often the fuel of creativity. That's why music is so so so great. However you feel or whatever mood you're in; happy, sad, angry, curious, scared, joyous; however.... those emotions can be expressed through music. But, for me, there is one thing more inspring than anything else - hearing people speak from their hearts. Nothing else is so moving and inspiring. I think that is my I enjoy meeting and interacting with people so much. Every individual has their own point of view and their own unique way of saying things.
Music is many things - rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, groove. To me, music is all of the voices of all the writers and composers and lyricists - a song is a story told from the writer's viewpoint and a song is the voice of the writer simply translated into tones and musical notes.
What are some long term goals?
Long term, I simply wish to still be playing and writing music for many years to come. I hope to have my music available to the public locally and nationally.
Do you want to have a career in music?
Most definitely! I was born to create music! All forms of music break down the barriers of age, sex, religion and race, and brings people together.
So far, what is the best concert you have ever atteded?
Ha - easy. I saw Tommy Emmanuel in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in the fall of 2004. It was life-changing for me. Tommy said that when he heard Chet Atkins play for the first time, it was life-changing, And now, I understand exactly what he means.
How do you want your music to affect people?
I want to make people free; I want them to move. I want them to open their eyes to different styles of music and realize that my music is honest and from my heart. I want people to know that music tears down barriers; that music is music and there is nothing else like it.
Check out the artist's website:
1. There is a Reason, Rosy
2. A Dance in the Firelight
3. Something to Remember Me By
5. Amazing Grace
6. The Shining Path
7. I'll Never Forget
8. Walk, Sidewalks
9. New Year
10. Sound Louder than Earth
11. Ambiance (Tom's Song)