Lead Guitar & Vocals
I was born on September 16, 1973 in Papua, New Guinea. My folks were medical missionaries and I lived there until I was 10. I grew up listening to many artists like John Denver, The Gaithers and Neal Diamond. When we came to the United States, my folks divorced and I lived with my mother in Alamosa, CO until 8th. Grade. It was during this time I started hearing and liking bands like AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Metallica and Petra. My mother remarried and we moved to Bakersfield, CA to pastor an Asian mission.
I really matured in California and started taking music very seriously. I developed my guitar playing and fell in love with all the big 80's rockers like Judas Priest, Motörhead, Accept and the newly formed Stryper. Stryper opened my eyes that you could rock and be a Christian witness at the same time. I began writing Christian based lyrics and ideals and setting them to music. By my high school years, I moved to Missouri to be with my dad. I immersed myself in all the Christian rock I could find. Guardian, Whitecross, Shout, Bride, Messiah Prophet and so many more. I started my first all original band and have never looked back. I also have been refining my style and picking the best tools for my craft. Music is in my soul and I love using it as a means to meet and greet so many amazing people. I've shared my story of drug/alcohol abuse, infidelity, addictions to anger, rage and everything in between. I know that only a relationship with Jesus was what led me to overcome those addictions, and allowed healing and forgiveness to replace void in my life. I'm just a regular guy with a real story. I’m a work in progress; still under construction!
As of this moment, I use Ibanez 940RG's and Line 6 Spider IV amps. I will be exploring Mesa Boogie in the very near future.
Guitars & Vocals
I grew up in Salem, Missouri and began attending church at a very young age. I learned to sing from my mother before I was four, and continued my musical training in church and at school.
Though I picked up, and put down the guitar many times in my life, initially I began playing guitar because my step-grandfather owned a 1968 Gibson Blue Ridge 6 string acoustic guitar. Before turning his life to Christ, my g-pa wanted to be like Hank Williams. But after giving his life to Jesus he focused on singing in the church for the rest of his life. I am also a second cousin to Rodney and Doug Dillard of the bluegrass group The Dillards. They toured the U.S. and the world many times over, bringing Southern bluegrass to people across the globe.
I thought myself basic bass guitarist, but after a near life-wrecking divorce in 2006, I picked the guitar up for the last time and finally found peace. Though I can still play any type of music anywhere, and though I am still invited on a regular basis to play in secular projects, I have declined. My heart is to play originally-created music for the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, because He has redeemed me, and through Him all things are possible.
I use Gibbons guitars exclusively, due to my grandpa's influence and also because several of my rock favorites use them, including Angus Young, Jimmy Page, Steve Clark, Slash, Leslie Paul, Derek Trucks. I also use Orange amplification in the form of the CR120H PRO and Voice of the World speakers. Oranges Digital amplifier system. My guitars include 2 (eventually 3) 2011 50th anniversary 24 fret Gibson SGs, and a 2010 Gibson Hummingbird artist pro-acoustic. I use custom Ernie Ball strings, and Gibson brand acoustic strings for the hummingbird as well as my granddad's 68 blue ridge.
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