I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, graduated from John Marshall High School and received my Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Texas, San Antonio. I was a French Horn player and the Drum Major of my High School Band. I furthered my fun in "marching" music and fine-tuned my instrumental brass-playing through "Drum Corps International" the (DCI) World Champion “Cadets of Bergen County” in Bergenfield, NJ as a mellophone player. I became a high school band director for San Antonio schools in the 90s, then switched to teaching adults as a “bank trainer” for mortgage & loan underwriters at USAA Federal Savings Bank from 2001-2008. Life was proving to show so many different flavors in choices for opportunity. I decided to try a bit of this and that.
Today... “The Open Road” represents a "journey" we all share. We all learn to stand, fall, and get back up again. We all live a journey towards enlightenment. We walk a life-road of choices and "create" our world through our decisions as we manifest our story to reality. My enlightenments truly found me as I "quit" society's game-plan of choices "made" for me, and I began making my own choices. I started performing on stages as a country band in surrounding San Antonio saloons and clubs.
I received a San Antonio Music Award for Best Original Song with the very first recording I made in 2012, “Thou Shalt Not Bitch.” SA CURRENT awarded my band with some Awards for Best Country Band, Best Song & Music Video for “What Best Friends Do,” and best songwriter for my genre. I'd say my songwriting is inspired by Dean Dillon, George Strait's Songwriter. I got to open for him (Thank you Brian Black) in Bandera, TX at the Longhorn Saloon. I discovered how alike I was to Dean Dillon in many ways. Meeting him was definitely one of the points on my "journey" that I began to RE-find myself and my "original" artistry began to show as I started creating my own country songs. My "country" writing does tend to lean on the good ol "danceable" songs of the decades prior to this one. Basically I'm grown from the songs I grew up on.... Aren't we all? I try not shy from who I am. I like steel & fiddle; I've been enjoying writing in a style of fundamental rhyming, matching stanzas of choruses and versus with a play on words. There's an art for the old "traditional" style of country song-writing rare to find on mainstream radio anymore. I like my songs to be sincere, passionate, humorous, and have "enlightenment." I write all the time. I write about what I see, hear, and feel. ...And though this is my style now, maybe I'll change it up? If I could afford it, I'd write, record, and produce other genres. PLENTY of musical influences from the 70s, 80s, & 90s inspire me to grab bits of each genre from those days. My repertoire for classical music is also a big part of who I am.