I started really singing when I was 12, inspired by a young radio artist named Jojo. I loved the music. She was the same age as me – I think that’s what inspired me the most. It really drove me to try harder.
I started practicing really hard for the middle school talent show, which I placed 3rd. I played the lead role in the school musical, the King and I. In high school, I sang the Star Spangle Banner for the football games. I joined the school choir and sang many solos. I won a singing contest during grad night and almost got to meet Katy Perry, but she was MIA. Instead, I got an onstage introduction from Hayden Panettiere, a star from the TV show Heroes. I never tried out for American Idol, though. My dad never really supported the music thing.
In college, I joined the marching band and stopped singing. I graduated from USF in 2013 and landed a job. I’m a chemical engineer. Being an engineer is challenging and rewarding, and I could write all about it on a whole other website, but this blog is about music.
In early 2014, I went to my first open mic with my guitar, and the bar owner offered me a weekly gig (The Talking Pint in Riverview). After that, I started doing solo gigs. I’ve performed in Ybor, St. Petersburg, Channelside, Brandon, the Hard Rock Casino, USF area, New Tampa, and more. I’ve done events like Rock the Park, and Wine & Rhyme at Anise. I’ve performed in a duo (Backstreet the Band with Peter Vann), and I have plans to start my own band. I’ve even done a wedding ceremony and a couple receptions.