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SINGER / SONGWRITER

SINGER / SONGWRITER

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Guitarist

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".

 

That means something different to everyone of course. For me though, singing and performing still bring me the same joy and euphoria as when I first started playing. Music and performing have helped me evolve as a person and artist & I'm not sure if I'd be the same person without it, nor do I really care to find out.

I'm a singer/songwriter who lives who in Decatur, GA (a suburb of Atlanta). I got serious about performing and writing songs after college at Emory University. It wasn't what I expected for myself initially, but I suppose maybe it's not all that surprising (more on that below).

I love the classic songwriters - Paul Simon, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan - but I also grew up on bands like the Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Counting Crows, & of course, my favorite, The Beatles. I take notes from acoustic songwriters like James Taylor, Van Morrison, John Mayer, and the Avett Brothers, as well as my favorite guitarists -  Eric Clapton, George Benson, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins (and many more). My personal style is a mix of these influences and an appreciation for not just a well-crafted song, but also the art of improvisation.

Sometimes, an unexpected moment or musical arc will make a performance great. My ambition as a performer is to reach these moments as often as possible, like an alchemist finding the right formula of music, feel, and flow. Songs are stories to be told with sincerity or used as vehicles for exploration and improvisation. The approach depends on the moment and audience, but when it clicks, it creates these brief, yet indelible memories.  In these moments is where music has its most profound impact.

To inquire about availability or for other questions, email shreeps@shreepsmusic.com or keep reading for my personal backstory.

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I grew up on the Main Line, suburban area outside of Philadelphia, and came to Atlanta to study business at Emory University. I had planned to become a financial advisor, but right after college and mostly on a whim, I enrolled in the Atlanta Institute of Music's guitar performance program. I took to the guitar like an old friend.  The school and experience were formative, albeit quite the sea change for me. Looking back, it's a decision that has shaped my whole life.

I went through a common arc. I taught lessons for several years and began playing anywhere and everywhere. I started writing and recording songs. I put together a couple bands, none of which are still together. I matured musically and eventually found my niche as a solo songwriter and performer.

Around late 2015, I went through another evolution. I enrolled at Georgia State University's College of Law to study copyright and entertainment law. It was this amazing catalyst for positive growth and direction in my life. I'm now licensed to practice entertainment and copyright law in Georgia, which neatly intersects with my life as a musician and performer.

 

I keep a few recurring public gigs but mostly book private events - corporate & charity events, weddings, holiday parties, and the like. If you'd like to know where I'll be, please visit my Schedule. If you'd like to inquire about an available date, just click below.

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