"When I was a child, my parents always encouraged me to delve into passionate pursuits without fear of failure or pressure of certain success. I decided, when I was 17 and fresh out of high school, that somehow I was going to perform music at the most popular local coffeehouse in the area. I persisted and booked that first show. Although performing in a confined context, from school competitions to piano recitals, scared the hell out of me, I found immense joy in performing my original material as well as covers I loved, on my terms. That love of the stage, audience interaction, and exploratory philosophy most definitely led me down the path that I currently travel. As a full-time touring and recording artist, I have found that the same pursuit of new ideas resonates through my daily life. About a decade ago, I experimented turning coins into guitar picks in an effort to give myself a playing advantage. Although it started as a hobby, that little experiment has grown into a significant part of my musical life-more than I expected. Now, through my visual art, I'm able to help other players around the world find increased inspiration in their playing. Persistence and passion are what make my musical world grow."