I’m a singer/songwriter/musician from Fort Worth, Texas. I’ve been playing music for 16 years and writing songs and singing for about 11 years. I love making music, watching football, playing golf, eating tacos and hanging out with …
I’m a singer/songwriter/musician from Fort Worth, Texas. I’ve been playing music for 16 years and writing songs and singing for about 11 years. I love making music, watching football, playing golf, eating tacos and hanging out with my wife and my dogs. I also love fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
My parents played a big part in me pursuing music. They were always playing music around the house growing up — everything from George Strait, Tim McGraw, Marvin Gaye to James Brown.
I’ve always loved making music and writing songs, but I wasn’t set on making a career out of it until my junior year of college.
Almost a year to the date I released my debut album, I was invited to play Austin City Limits Music Festival. I was the first artist to play the entire festival (at 11 a.m.) so I was convinced there would be nobody there, but by the time we played, there were over 2,000 people in the crowd! From that point forward, I knew I wanted to make music my career and I’ve never looked back.
My favorite part of performing live is the exchange of energy between me and the fans. I love creating an environment where people can let go, have fun and live in the moment. There’s nothing like the feeling of being totally consumed by the music and being in the moment at a show. It’s pretty magical.
Learning to play
I play about eight or nine different instruments depending on how to classify them: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, bass, harmonica, keys, mandolin, six-string banjo and a few others ... but I really only consider myself a guitar player and a drummer.
My dad taught me a few chords on guitar when I was 11 years old. I also started playing the drums and bass around that same time. I never took any formal lessons, I would just listen to CDs and learn songs by ear. Later on, when YouTube came out, I’d look up video tutorials and learn songs that way.
I’ve been fortunate to open for many of my musical heroes and artists I admire throughout my career, but one particularly cool moment happened recently. I was opening for Hunter Hayes in Dallas and San Antonio a few months ago. Hunter heard me playing guitar during our soundcheck and we started to strike up a conversation. We ended up hitting it off and he invited me to come sing and play “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” (originally a duet with Jason Mraz) with him that night. We sang together and even traded guitar solos on stage. That was a really special moment I’ll never forget.
Playing in Colorado
I love my Colorado fans! I’ve played Colorado a few times now and every show has been amazing! The fans are incredible, not to mention the weather is beautiful too. Castle Rock — I can’t wait to see y’all June 10! Get ready for a fun night!
My life advice
Follow your dreams. Don’t let fear stop you. Identify what makes you most happy and do that! Once you start pursuing that thing, be patient. There’s no such thing as an “overnight success”. Work hard, practice your craft, treat people right, stay persistent and the rest will work itself out. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey!