My ears pricked and it was like something awoke in my heart. Then he let me play his old guitar that had been unused for years in the basement. I was 15 then and overwhelmed with the pursuit of academics that would get me into college. – I loved words and books and I was going to be the first person in my immediate family to apply to college. So, amid pursuing that dream, teaching myself to play that old guitar helped me get outside of a world of essays and extracurricular activity. It was a stress reliever and I had a newfound dream. I wanted to rock and sing like Axl.
What followed from this was an intense love of singing and songwriting. I wrote songs about characters in the books I was reading. I wrote about the real situations of our lives, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, all the contrast we are so well acquainted with in this world. I wrote and still write about these tensions. Always trying to find the uniting and hopeful story of humanity between the notes and lines.
This love for songwriting led me to Portland, Oregon to work with Grammy-award winning producer Clif Magness in a gap year between high school and college. He produced artists I loved as a kid, like Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Since then I’ve worked with producers, such as, Cason Cooley, Nathan Chapman and Kevin Kadish. To work with each of these wonderful people has been such an honor and a dream come true. I carry their inspiration with me daily.
In the Fall of 2014, I began my dream of college at Harvard University. I continued to write songs about what I was learning in school and began touring monthly. Over the last three years, I’ve opened for artists such as Alanis Morissette, Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, O.A.R, Allen Stone, Parachute and more. Live music, getting to play in front of eager ears, is the thing that keeps me going. I live for live music. Playing live connects me with the stories I want to write into my songs.