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I'm a weird dude...
 
I was born in '71. I remember the early years of Saturday Night Live. I remember 1220 WGAR and it wasn't a country station. I remember where the phrase "Calgon, take me away" came from. I remember when Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, and the first Rocky movie came out.
 
Music has been a big part of my life since the beginning. My dad played keys. He had a Hammond X77 organ that he played quite a bit and I remember falling asleep to his music many nights. I know the melody to "The Girl From Ipanema" very well. (Oh, I know what you're thinking. "Who doesn't?!" Right?) Classical music was also a big influence.
 
As I grew up, I kept saying "I don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up, but it'll definitely be music related". Well, other than some early employment in the food service industry and my later career in computer repair, I wasn't wrong. I've been performing music since 1992 and people seem to enjoy it. I was a drummer all through school but ended up being more of a singer. It seems I have some unique musical talents that God gave me that nobody else seems to be able to do. I can impersonate Steve Perry and Neil Peart fairly well. Seeing how both of those guys are considered to be possibly the best at what they respectively do, I'm grateful for the talent to be able to duplicate what they composed. That's the big difference. They wrote all that music. I didn't. I'm just their parrot.
 
So, after a single year at Kent State as a music composition major, I decided not to return. That's when I worked in several restaurants for a few years. At least it taught me how to cook! That's a skill I've needed most of my adult life. But karaoke was just becoming a new fad and me and some friends were into it full throttle. This is what led me to switch from drumming to singing. I found a band looking for a singer and we did one Journey song. That led to a Journey tribute band that ended up touring the eastern states for 6 years.
 
When that band called it quits, I ended up managing a game store for a couple of years. The experience of managing a retail business was very educational to say the least. I'd never go back to it, but I did learn a lot. And I never want to see another Pokemon card ever again.
 
Meanwhile, I was getting into computers big time! By the time I started a job with Gateway, I already knew how to build and repair a Windows-based PC with one arm tied behind my back (as long as it was the left one - I'm no good with a mouse in my left hand). The Gateway job showed me that somebody should be offering in-home service because of all the problems Microsoft Windows always has. So, borrowing the name from my Journey tribute band, I started Escape PC Service.
 
I started running sound for a local bar which got me back into the music scene again. That led to a musician's night band. That led to a fill-in gig with one of the most popular bands around. And that led me to creating my own similar band called Breakfast Club.  But the musician's night band was becoming more successful so I left Breakfast Club seemingly just at the wrong time. They got hugely popular right after I left. I must have been holding them back. The other bands I was playing with was paying the bills though, so I thought nothing of it at the time.
 
And then it happened. I ruined their party by becoming a born-again Christian. I wanted out of the bands and went full time with the computer repair business. I eventually had an article written about me in the local paper and worked like a dog which got me out of debt finally! Praise God!
 
I eventually returned to playing music. I consider my audience my mission field. I'm never pushy about it, but I want people to find out what changed me into the faithful man of God that I've become. Anyone willing to take the red pill?
 
All the details of my music career can be read on the other pages of this website. See you at a show!
 
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