My Dad was my biggest influence early on. He is an incredible guitarist himself and both of my parents introduced me to a diverse range of musical styles and artists. He gave me my first lesson at age eleven. Soon after I began learning classical guitar from my school's music teacher. A few school friends and I formed a middle school Jazz band and I started playing my first gigs with them.
Throughout high school I performed with several bands and played regularly at a local restaurant with my father. Every year I studied with a different private guitar instructor. My instructors were Jim Boitnott, Kyle Welch, John Firesheets & Mark Mazzatenta. I studied a range of styles; Jazz, Classical, Flamenco, Country, Metal, Pop and Rock music to name a few. I apprenticed as a guitar and amp technician at a music store with Philip Poteat of Tone Technologies. At seventeen I taught my first student, at the recommendation of one of my teachers. They ended up studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. By the time I was twenty, I was a featured instructor at several guitar summer camps in Greensboro.
After high school I attended UNCG earning a Bachelors in Business Marketing. I took as many music classes as possible. During this time I played in two bands primarily; Slinky Face and The Julian Sizemore Band. I recorded several albums and played countless gigs with both bands over a 10-year period. I learned a tremendous amount playing with AJ Sutton, Pete Lewis and Julian Sizemore.
I decided to focus on building a home recording studio to work with local producers. I provided studio guitar session work for their artists. Over the past several years I made a shift into producing music for film/TV opportunities. I have had my own original compositions featured on television series for Netflix and PBS, to name a few. Today I am privileged enough to spend most of my musical time teaching a variety of students how to play guitar, compose songs and record music. Thanks for reading and supporting your local musicians!