My Story

People often ask me how long I’ve been “doing this,” and I never know how to answer them.
The short answer? Pretty much always. I really don’t know what else to do with myself. 

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Photo by Joe Hirschmugl.

Photo by Joe Hirschmugl.

I’ve been around music my whole life. My dad played guitar and shared a lot of great artists with me, including: Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Fleetwood Mac, and Heart. I’ve been singing in front of people since I was about six and I learned to play piano around the age of eleven. I taught myself guitar at fifteen, which is when I started writing songs, though most of those were about Harry Potter at the time. (Please ask me about my wizard rock accolades.) 

I placed third in the Bushman World Ukulele Contest a few years ago, which led to me learning “War Pigs” on ukulele, to which my brother said, “You can’t DO that!” So I went on to develop my own renditions of grunge rock and heavy metal songs because ukuleles are supposed to make people happy, right? 

I have written many songs over the years, and even recorded some DIY albums. I just finished recording my first proper album, which will be released this fall and followed by a small Midwest tour. I’ve been a full-time musician for a year and almost every weekend I can be found in a Michigan brewery, singing my folk-rock songs and some covers, like “Mercedes-Benz” by Janis Joplin; a tribute to my father.

I have always loved playing acoustic guitar but I fell in love with bass when I started performing with Talk Radio. My intention was to be a singer/rhythm guitarist, nothing more, but there is just something about that feeling in my chest where bass tones hit me, and the energy in good ole rock ‘n’ roll.

Photo by Melissa Cristal-Contreras.

Photo by Melissa Cristal-Contreras.

I am often a hired gun, and have collaborated with some of my favorite local artists. I regularly accompany my dear friend, Sandra Effert, as a backup vocalist, bassist, and guitarist. Every other week, I have a radio show on WYCE, which introduces me to so much new music, especially from the vibrant local music scene in Grand Rapids.

I am very grateful for the things I’ve been able to do so far and, while I have no idea where I’m going to end up, I know I’ll be writing songs about it along the way.