MEET THE ARTIST
"Do what you love, love what you do."
Someone said that to me when I was fresh out of college and, even now, I still take it to heart. It's like when a young John Lennon was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said, "happy".
For me, it’s been singing and performing. It still brings me the same joy and euphoria as when I first started getting serious about playing after college. The academic in me would point out the positive neuroscience behind music as well. So much joy in my life (& yours maybe) has come through music and its performance.
I'm a singer/songwriter originally from Philadelphia, PA but who now lives in Decatur, GA. I came to Atlanta to attend Emory University, not for music, but I did end up going to a music school after, the Atlanta Institute of Music (AIM), where I focused on guitar performance. I don't hold myself out as the greatest guitar player (my main instrument is still my voice), but AIM was a formative experience in my young musical life. It continues to inform my music all these years later.
I love the classic songwriters - Paul Simon, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and classic music of the The Beatles & Eric Clapton. I’ve really dug into modern writers as well like Jason Isbell, the Avett Bothers, and John Mayer – music with a conscience always really draws me in.
Sometimes people ask about my guitar influences. In actuality, it’s a really long list, but for the meantime, here are some guitar players that have really left an impression on me: Eric Clapton, George Benson, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Jerry Garcia, & Chet Atkins.
Sometimes, an unexpected moment or musical arc will make a performance great or a song has a real sincerity that really captures a room. This is where music, and particularly live music, helps shape our common experiences.
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In addition to playing music, I practice intellectual property, copyright, and entertainment law:
Zala Law, LLC – “Your Mind Is Your Property.”™
My firm offers legal services to creative businesses in and outside the entertainment industry. Its main practice areas are intellectual property, entertainment, and business law.
To learn more, visit www.zalalaw.com