I started playing guitar at 15 after hearing Led Zeppelin III. I fell in love and only wanted to write rock music and practice until I heard "To the Stars" by Chick Corea. I began to study in earnest after hearing that album and realized music could convey as much information as words.
A couple of years ago I decided to commit even more than the 10-20 hours I spent a day with a guitar in my hands. I knew my thoughts, heart, and soul wanted to be made of music and the only way I ever knew peace of mind was to be creating or honing my skills as a musician.
I am now in the Commercial Music Program at USC Upstate working towards a bachelor's degree.
When I can I study with Karl Sanders of Nile. Speed and control are two cornerstones of his playing, and he has helped my right hand tremendously.
I am a guitar instructor at Greenville Music Academy. I love teaching, but not as much as performing.
In the last year, I have performed in several jazz groups, a fusion group (one gig with Jeff Sipe- awesome!), a blues/funk group, a hip hop group, sideman work with a pop-rock group (American Idol contestant Ali Henderson) in addition to some solo classical and jazz performances. I performed as First Chair with the Guitar Ensemble, soloist with the Latin Jazz Combo, and as soloist for the Upstate Vocal Jazz Ensemble in school.
I have also been creating original works for string quartet and guitar quartet in addition to spending a lot of time transcribing.
I am currently working on a demo and looking to be performing with as many different groups as I can.
My influences are of course, Frank Gambale, Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Al diMeola, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Jimi,Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Mclaughlin, Jimmy Page, and several others I will not list in the interest of brevity.