I am a freethinker AND a musician. As a creator of music, it is easy for those two to become mutually exclusive, and with each note I play or create, I try to exhibit both of those qualities. Allowing pre-defined ideas about genre, or styles of music to shape one’s work creates music in the “box”; I attempt to see ALL music as valid inspiration.
The son of a classical concert pianist/music professor, Western tonal harmony was my first musical experience. As a child I loved to listen to Bach and Beethoven, but I also discovered the contemporary sounds of Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight, and other hip hop and RnB artists. In college, I decided I wanted to make music my career, and enrolled in a traditional music program. While in attendance there, I discovered Black Gospel music, and coupled with my existing love for hip-hop music, I decided that I was not on the right track.
Years later, I gave college a second try at Berklee College of Music, where I was fully introduced to the world of contemporary music. This melding of styles can describe (not “define”) me; one can hear Classical melodic lines mixed with Jazz and Gospel harmonies, along with Rock and hip hop rhythms in my playing and my production. I aim to show the world that genre are not “lines of demarcation”, just different cultural backgrounds.
Experience & Education
Organist for Greendale People's ChurchApril 2011 to Present (over 8 years)
I provide music and accompany various choirs for weekly worship services.
Keyboards for Rashad McPherson and Divine PurposeFebruary 2011 to Present (about 9 years)
I play keyboards for this stellar group
Organist for Mt. Sinai Church of God in ChristAugust 2009 to July 2012 (about 3 years)
BM in Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music2011 to 2013 (2 years)