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". Everyone thought he misunderstood the question.
For me, it’s been singing and performing. It still brings me the same joy as when I first started playing seriously after college. So much joy in my life (& yours maybe) has come through music and live performance. I always point out all the positive neuroscience behind music as well. It's one of the few activities that puts minds on the same neural wavelengths simultaneously.
I'm a singer/songwriter based in Decatur, GA who's originalIy from Philadelphia, PA. I came to Atlanta to attend Emory University, but not for any formal music training. After college, I had a brief spell in finance, but ultimately ended up at the Atlanta Institute of Music & Media (AIMM), where I focused on guitar performance. AIMM was a formative experience in my young musical life and my education there still shapes me as a musician today.
The first music that really captured me was The Beatles and guitar players of the British Invasion like Eric Clapton. From there, I developed a love for the classic songwriters - people like Paul Simon, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, & Bob Dylan. I really like modern writers as well like Jason Isbell, The Avett Bothers, and John Mayer. Music with a conscience always really draws me in.
Often, 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 influenced my playing: Eric Clapton, George Benson, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Jerry Garcia, & Chet Atkins.
I could go on, but you'd probably find it excessive. One incredible benefit of AIMM was it exposed me to genres and players I had never heard before - inspiration is everywhere in that sense.
Sometimes, an unexpected moment or musical arc will make a performance memorable. Sometimes, it's a song sung with real sincerity that really captures a room. This is where music and particularly live performance help shape our common human experiences. Thanks for supporting live music and the arts!
In addition to playing music, I practice intellectual property, copyright, and entertainment law. I am also an advocate for subjects like data privacy law and AI awareness.
My firm offers legal services to creative businesses in and outside the entertainment industry. I love helping artists and their businesses thrive.