My passion is to write songs that people want to sing. This may seem like a simple goal, but I believe there is a common thread holding together some of the greatest songs of all time. I write to crack that code.
As a child, I grew up in wonder and awe of how music could draw out bottled up emotions in people. I saw this at church, in local theatre and even in my own home. I couldn’t get over it. As a high school student, I learned to lead worship in my youth group and I cannot thank my home church enough for the countless failures I was able to experience in order to grow in my musicianship.
Graduating high school, I signed a contract with the United States Army to become an Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Washington State University. Through that training I gained discipline, integrity and leadership skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. In college, I continued to lead worship and write songs in my free time. My sophomore year of college I discovered an artist named James Bay. I was astonished that someone so young and inexperienced was able to engage a crowd with just his voice and acoustic guitar. I wanted to do that too. So, I started writing more songs and performing them at local coffee shops and bars. Before I knew it, people were coming from all over town and even from neighboring universities to watch my buddy Jacob and I perform our original songs. I remember at our Christmas Special in 2017 the pub was bursting at the seams with people standing or even sitting on the floor, just to hear us play.
That same year, I started recording with a musical hero of mine, Zach Bolen from the band Citizens based out of Seattle, WA. Zach took me under his wing and taught me about production, song writing and musicianship. Working with him on this project was one of the greatest joys of my life.
But all of this is worth nothing without my beautiful wife Lauren. We met in high school at her sister’s wedding and got married in May of 2017. She has supported these musical dreams of mine since the beginning, and I could not do this without her. The most personal song I’ve ever written, Ginger Juice, is about my promise to always come home to her. Due to my profession as an Army Officer, the thought of losing me on a deployment is a thought that haunts Lauren from time to time. Ginger Juice is a song about my commitment to always come home to her… until the day that I die.