I was born into a musical family
in Southern California and learned piano from my dad when I was seven. I quickly
infuriated my next teacher by neglecting her beginner Mozart studies to learn
difficult ragtime pieces by ear. At ten, I added trumpet and learned to read
I took up electric guitar at fourteen after listening to Eric Clapton and
Jimmy Page. I had a good ear, and I lifted tunes off my favorite albums every
night. I ended up sneaking off high school early every day of my senior year
to take music classes at the local college. As a teenager, I went to college
in the morning, gave guitar lessons in the afternoon, and played bars at night.
I moved to Boston in 1990 to study at Berklee College of Music, and I graduated
Magna Cum Laude in '93. After a brief stint of songwriting and recording in
Nashville, I returned to California in '94.
In '98 I played lead guitar with Billie Myers on her tour through North America,
Europe, and the UK. Billie Myers also played national TV broadcasts Good
Morning America and Top of the Pops, plus several regional radio
shows. The band also toured as the support act for Sarah McLachlan/ Lilith
Fair, Sister Hazel, Wallflowers, and Savage Garden.
I also toured in '98-'99 throughout America as lead guitarist with the New
York-based Johnny Hart Band. From '99 to 2002 I toured and collaborated as
lead guitarist and music director with grammy-nominated singer/songwriter
Anika Paris, performing on national broadcasts of Craig Kilborn and many major
radio stations throughout America. I toured in 2003-2004 with singer/songwriter
Nina Storey and recorded for her newest live album, 24 From the Board.