I began playing the piano at the young age of 8. My parents realized I had a "jazz touch" when I started playing chord progressions with a jazz feel. When I was eleven, they hooked me up with a traditional jazz piano teacher (Tom Brady) who was a master at playing styles of George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Horace Silver as well as other jazz greats. I took lessons from Tom until I was 13. Tom was a tremendous influence on me as a young musician and I was fascinated by his touch and style. I thought music theory was boring at the time, so I didn't take it all in like I should have. Tom was great at teaching me jazz progressions and improvisational skills. God definitely placed him in my life and I'm thankful for that. Even though my music is of a "smooth jazz" genre, it has appealed to a much wider spectrum of listeners of many genres simply because it has a strong Gospel, Latin, R&B and Pop influence. My personal musical influences through the years have been Joe Sample, Ramsey Lewis, Oscar Peterson, George Duke just to name a few. Somehow it seems like we're all connected.
My musical philosophy is, it's more than just sitting down and hitting a few nice chords, licks or runs, the music has to originate from deep within the heart and soul and come together in a supernatural way. It all has to do with the atmosphere the music sets. An ambiance of peace, love, romance, laughter, joy and healing. That is the goal, to bring each listener into the realm I personally experience when I'm performing. As I mentioned above, my influences are great & many. As we listen to artists perform from their heart & soul, that is exactly what you're feeling when you listen to them; what they're really about inside. So what you feel in my music is truly what my spirit reveals. I give praise to God, because after all in him is really where it all begins and ends.
With Much Love ~