I'd like to say things have been easy. That I'm signed to a major label, allowing me to kick back and enjoy every part of this damn ride, but…I'd be lying.
My father, a musician through & through, always wanted me to learn to play the guitar, but I never really had the knack for it when I was younger. I took a few lessons, decided it wasn't for me, and hung up my strings. It wasn't until he passed away that I was inspired to pick it back up and started learning by ear.
When I first started this journey over 13 years ago, a couple of high school buddies from my hometown of Binscarth, Manitoba started a band in my best friend's basement. Were we good? Not really, no. That didn't stop us from playing our hearts out, though! Eventually, we would get better and actually start booking some gigs. Heck, people even started paying us!
After high school, we all went our separate ways. Two of us ended up moving to the big, bad city of Winnipeg, and it didn't take long for us to get going again on the music front. We started a new band and started booking shows at bars, nightclubs, festivals, and homecomings. I was writing a ton of songs at that point and, one morning after a long night out, I had a melody stuck in my head that just wouldn't go away. I wrote lyrics and some basic guitar parts, which ended up being completed by the rest of the band and eventually recorded! Fast forward a couple of months and we had “Day Worth Livin’ For”; our debut single which climbed to the top 15 on the iTunes Country Charts. Not bad for a bunch of small-town guys, who almost went broke recording the damn song.
In the end, we never got the chance to record an album seeing as all of our spare cash went into buying beer. That, and the majority of the band moved away once they graduated from University. Not me, though. I kept writing songs like they were going out of style. These led to playing weddings, acoustic gigs, and one-man shows.
After a lot of hard work, many long nights, and unbreakable determination, my new chapter as a solo artist has begun, with the promise to give you one hell of a musical experience.
Through all of this, only a few things have stayed consistent: myself, my guitar, my music, and my people. Thanks for supporting this and letting me do what I love.