|Born on: 20.02.1971
Guitarist/singer/songwriter and bassist when needed.
Started guitar at the age of 15 and immediately started writing my own material. Early influences included Fates Warning, early Dream Theater, Crimson Glory, Riot, Forbidden, Testament, Sanctuary, etc. More recent infuences include Opeth, Anathema, Evergrey, Porcupine Tree, Katatonia, Nevermore, Redemption, on and on.
Began singing solely because any band I got going could never find a singer. Playing guitar and singing simultaneously has never been easy for me, especially when playing more technical material, but I can hold my own with a lot of practice. I always envied guys who can do that effortlessly though.
Bands of mine (noteable): Absolution (1991-1994), WithinAnother (2001-2003 as a 3-piece, 2005-2007 as a 5-piece). Both recorded.
Bands/artists that I toured with, recorded with or contributed in some way:
Pure Sweet Hell - (Van Williams/Nevermore, Chris Eichorn. I contributed a solo on their album, "The Voyeurs Of Utter Destruction As Beauty," and vocals on "Spiyying At The Stars, released Nov., 2011.
Mick Cervino (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen bassist). Basically I auditioned in Miami for the vocal spot, got the guitar slot instead, co-wrote and recorded a song, then left to tour with Into Eternity.
Into Eternity - Lead vocals--played Progpower V in Atlanta, ProgPower Europe, 2004 Euro tour with Kataklysm. Left, and now they have a perfect fit with singer Stu Block.
Toby Knapp (Ex-Onward guitarist, current solo artist). I wrote and recorded vocals for some of his songs on the albums "Misanthropy Divine" and "The Campaign".
Kristen Capolino - I was a hired 2nd guitarist for live shows.
Livesay - a melodic metal band. I recorded all vocals on the album "Awaken The Giant."
Most recent endeavor was recording vocals alongside Van Williams for his band, Pure Sweet Hell. The album is called "Spitting At The Stars" and is available at www.puresweethell.com. Yo9u can also buy it on ITunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc.