to sit down and write a bio about yourself is a fairly difficult thing. some artists chose to have others write their bios, and real clever artists write their own…in third-person.
its difficult because its to be short (but not too short), and interesting (but sort-of vague), and at the same time compel you to feel as if “you know me” and will care enough to listen to my music. the bio is for strangers or old acquaintances to say “yeah, i know and understand that guy.” it may give us something to talk about at a show. it may even be reason enough to be my friend on ol’ facebook.
i’m really nothing more than a simple musician. i play multiple instruments, but none of them incredibly. i sing and can even sing harmonies, but my voice isn’t something worthy of american idol. i write songs, but most of them are about normal things. i have a home studio where i produce all my own music and play all my own parts, but its nothing fancy.
if i had to pick what i love doing the most, it would be writing. i play many instruments and record all my own parts so i can have total creative control over my writing. is that selfish?
i’ve played music in every place imaginable. i’ve done acoustic concerts across europe. i’ve led worship at churches, camps, and conferences small and large, from delaware to florida to colorado. i played hip-hop-fusion at the famous norva venue in virginia. i’ve played jazz in clubs in germany. i’ve played in the hippie-central of manitou springs, colorado. i’ve played reggae on the streets of haiti, as well as all over the southeast. i’ve done shows in bars, clubs, and coffeeshops everywhere. it never gets old.
i’ve never really had a normal life. people generally like to complain about their childhood – i think its irrelevant. sure, my family is nuts. they’ve made terrible decisions throughout my life, and each person suffers the consequences of their decisions. i realized though, that i am no different than them. none of us are. we all make terrible decisions, and suffer consequences. its part of life – part of growing.
its growth that i write from. spiritual growth. growth in healing. growth in encouragement. growth from a positive mindset. life is all about growth. growth happens best when we’re looking towards it in anticipation, like waiting for the sunrise over the ocean.
one of my favorite bob marley lyrics is – “one good thing about music // when it hits, you feel no pain.” that is powerful truth. music is not meant to harm us. it was created to lift us up…to soothe us.
come talk to me after a show sometime. i always enjoy meeting new people, and hearing your bio as well.