I am a singer/songwriter/pianist/self-proclaimed heartthrob. (Okay, so that last part is extremely self-proclaimed...) I released my debut album entitled Between Head and Heart, which is a collection of original songs that range from piano ballads to funkier rock- and Latin-inspired tracks that I produced myself. As a pop/adult contemporary artist, I've been influenced by the great pop male singer/songwriters of the last 50 years like Elton John, Lionel Richie, and George Michael. I try to write songs that are sincere, melody-driven and have lyrics that are universal but not clichéd. I feel like my voice is a cross between Elton and Josh Groban. I wouldn't know who to specifically compare my songwriting to. I think I have a unique way of writing that is not fully Elton--nor fully Diane Warren--but somewhere in between.
I feel like music is a common denominator. We’re all living life, and go through a lot of the same things. I like when people hear my songs and find that the words I write are things they feel, but maybe haven’t been able to articulate.
Okay, now let me tell you about all the great stuff I've done. I must. It's what we do on websites. Hold on to your hat. Here it comes: I have a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University (snap). I've worked as a Music Supervisor for Norwegian Cruise Line and as an accompanist and assistant musical director at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City (double snap). I've played keyboards and sung background vocals for the National Tour of Jersey Boys in Cleveland, Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Costa Mesa (triple snap). Okay, snapping has now concluded.
I've performed (as a singer, dancer and/or actor--I'm a multihyphenate, people!) at venues across western New York, including the Artpark Amphitheater, as well as numerous theaters throughout the area. While living in New York City, I was invited to perform at the famed Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Plaza (snaaa--), and I've also played as the opening act for Pure Prairie League. I have worn a professor hat as an adjunct for the Theatre Department at Niagara University (teaching Voice) and have music directed extensively for theaters throughout western New York. In other words: I do possess me some skillz. (Yes, that Z is important.)
Most recently, I made my national television debut on the CBS show "The Talk" (with Sharon Osborne and Co.) accompanying Kermit the Frog and Broadway and TV star Marissa Jaret Winokur on the song "Rainbow Connection." It was my first time playing piano for an amphibian. #goals
I hope when you hear the songs on my CD, Between Head and Heart, that you will identify with the lyrics. Whether you need an extra shove to get over a relationship (Track 1 “It’s Called Movin’ On”) or simply need a moment to remember (Track 10 “A Welcome in Your Smile”), I hope you find it on “Between Head and Heart”. When someone tells me that a song of mine like “It’s Not My Time” moved them because they’ve felt those same sentiments in their own life, it really makes me feel great. That I can connect with people on that level and give them encouragement in a challenging time in their lives is something I’m very thankful for.
I also write musicals and particularly enjoy writing contemporary music for the theater. I continue to write and record new pop songs (check out the Music page). I would love to do work as a vocal producer for current and upcoming artists, as well as co-write with other pop songwriters for myself and other artists. Shoot me an email if you think we'd be a good songwriting match.
Peace. Love. Faith. Snap.