In my late 40s and as a Dad/Stepdad to three great kids and a baby girl born October 2020, also engaged to be married in 2021 I have much to be grateful for already. I started playing the guitar at 16 but I had my feet firmly on the ground from a young age, thanks to solid encouragement from my Dad. i.e. “You can do what you want”–i.e.play your guitar and sing–“but get an education first...right”! ?, OK Dad, good plan! I stepped straight onto the corporate career conveyor belt from university and never managed to jump off. I also split my time over the last 25 years practicing and at times competing in martial arts, even winning 2 National championships along the way. However, I never stopped writing, gigging and having a strong passion for music.
I have written with some platinum-selling songwriters, Mike Garvin, Chris Neil, Martin Sutton, and supported chart-topping artists at live shows like CharlieDore, The Korgis. Now it's time for me to push myself out there, I feel like it's my time, finally. So, is it too late for me? I hope not.
The music industry has changed radically in the last 10-15 years thanks to the internet. The old barriers to entry have gone so perhaps with the right approach and a lot of hard work I can find a way to cut through. Ultimately music is something I do because I love it. I write for myself openly and honestly because it's a key form of expression, a way to release and expose my subconscious thoughts. I have been told I have my own unique pop folk, blues style, that my songs expose a truly sensitive artist with melodies and lyrics that cut straight through to the core. I have been compared vocally to Don Henley and Bryan Adams. Humbling for sure.
My influences are varied and include Rock Bands like Led Zeppelin to AC/DC to Queen, American Pop Rock bands like Train and Vertical Horizon, Singer-Songwriters like Shawn Mullins to Joni Mitchel, Folk Singers like Cara Dillon, and even classical music. The variety in taste also comes from playing different instruments like Guitar and Piano, wanting to understand a great song, and play it. I also write in several styles from Pop to folk, to blues to rock to country, and a combination of several at times. Ideally, I don’t want to be pigeon-holed and want to be able to wander across genre but if you press me, I’ll say I fit into the Folk Pop genre.
My debut solo single was released on the 1st of August 2020. “Feel Your Heart Come Alive” is about someone who is full of passion, love, hopes, and dreams but holds themselves back through a fear of rejection or judgment. With love and support, they can set themselves free.
My second single “Hell Yeah “ from the forthcoming EP of the same name is a proposal song. I was inspired to write it by my own efforts at proposing to my fiancée and how I imagined her reaction. Fortunately, she said yes, admittedly she didn’t say hell yeah.... but it amounted the same thing. It was released worldwide on Saturday the 12th of September 2020.
The forthcoming EP Titled “Hell Yeah” was released on 1st November and I started recording the album, in October 2020 due for release in 2021.
What’s my ambition? That my songs strike a chord with people in some way (pardon the pun!):)