Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in the Borough of Wilkinsburg, a tough neighborhood nine miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, DrmJ has been playing and composing music for most of his life. At age six, DrmJ started piano lessons and by twelve he was studying percussion under Eugene "Babe" Fabrizi. Practicing up to six hours per day, young DrmJ's goal was to play snare drum for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In 1976 shortly after beginning formal percussion training, DrmJ passed the examination of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers and received his certificate signed by Wm. F. Ludwig, Jr., Acting President N.A.R.D. True of most young artists, DrmJ was a member of various garage bands, the best of which was a rock and country band called the Mockingbirds. In his mid-20s, DrmJ's musical path changed from percussionist to songwriter. To date, this prolific songwriter has amassed a catalog of nearly 200 songs within the genres of Brit-pop, indie rock, contemporary country, country rock, Americana, and folk. DrmJ is the sole vocalist and performer of all instrumentation on his albums.
Influenced by the mid-60s British Invasion and American country music, DrmJ's unique musical style is reminiscent of 1960s Beatles (especially John Lennon). Most of his lyrics reflect life experiences delving into the circumstances, events and emotions surrounding relationships—falling in love and the flip-side, losing love.
DrmJ's Bittersweet album received a four-star review from the International Country Music Association (Rhett Ashley). "Hold Me Closer," on the Cloudy Day album, charted at #1 in the Pop and Pop/Rock categories in 2002 at Broadjam.com. "I Just Can't Hide It," the first track on the Lonely Times album, was among the top 10% at the 1988 Music City Song Festival.