How would you classify your music?
Generally it fits in the pop/rock category however each album may be a little different in what it focuses on.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Beatles, Styx, Sara Bareilles, Bonnie Raitt, Foreigner.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Have fun with the fun songs, be reached with the emotional songs and want to hear more always.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
Houston, TX is really varied. More and more places are offering live music. Tough competition for gigs.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Really inspired by Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons. At his age to sing like he did and move that way on stage was impressive. The band was tight and the whole audience was singing along. I like playing live and having the audience interaction. I love hearing people commenting on how good the arrangements and/or the songs are and seeing them really getting into the music. I’m really into song facts like when it was written, what the song was about, etc. and I like sharing that with the audience too as it helps them connect more with the songs performed whether originals or covers.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
The first song Down In Mexico is definitely a “winner, winner, chicken dinner”. It is full of percussion and instrumentation and a full out joy to make both the recording and the video (which dropped on You Tube just in time for Cinco de Mayo May 4, 2018). It is a fan favorite too and the most requested song to play. Every time I play it I see the video in my head and my favorite part where the cell phone gets chucked into the sand.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
In all respects! Stronger on the guitar and piano and vocally especially. The hardest part is trying to balance all the aspects of life and running a music business and still make sure there’s time to practice and write songs. Getting out to open mic nights and hearing other artists perform and get feedback on my performances has also been influential in my growth.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Steve Tyler hands down.
What’s next for you?
Another recording project this summer and more gig opportunities.
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