How have your family and friends responded to your success so far?
They are all very proud of me. They see it as a glamorous profession because they are basically only privy to the super cool highlights. A few of my very closest friends and family know everything and they are amazed at my drive and persistence in the face of such insurmountable odds. They are very supportive and tell me all the time to keep going, keep rocking, never give up and that I should already be a household name.
I luv my friends family and my fans. They are all my family really. We share a special kind of bond that I am grateful for daily.
How has your music evolved since you first began performing music?
Here is a brief recap: Picking out musicals on the piano as a young child a little older got into pop, then a little older it was metal, then to virtuoso guitarists, then to jazz, then to funk, then to fusion, then to r&b, then to songwriters then back to r&b all the while staying up on pop culture and absorbing it all like a cerebral sponge.. I would say it is going exactly as it is meant to and is an ongoing process...Meanwhile through the years.. learned to sing, learned the drums, learned the bass, attempted the violin learned better off not to try
learned the piano, learned how to produce, learned how to engineer.
Still learning every day. This is a lifelong journey of discovery and experimentation. Awesomeness!!
What has been your biggest challenge as a musician?
Staying patient, finding the right team of people to align myself with who together can kick open doors and really crack the system. There is a great amount of noise you have to rise above to be heard and it takes persistence, more work than anyone could ever imagine and a will of steel.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own groups/bands?
There are all kinds of bands and groups and it can mean so much or so little. It's up to the people involved. I will address the ones that are serious and really catch the fever... cause your life will never be the same once you do... here goes... Don't do it for money or for fame. Do it because you love it. If those things come then great, but the rewards of truly living this life come from within yourself. If you want money, become a doctor.
One more thing.. always remember the greats who have come before you and do not let down that legacy. You have some tremendous shoes to fill. Have enough respect for the music and it's audience to be that good or better. You are potentially carving your name into the annals of history. Make sure it's worth reading.