Well I've been hard at work in my studio recording my second album Blast Off. I started it in May 2012 and released it on October 19th 2012. With this album I feel my personality really shines through. My song writing is developing into my own unique style. This album is well balanced from beginning to end. I've really cut loose with my vocals. Blast Off is bare bones acoustic rock. Just steel string guitar, drums and bass. The backing synth is barely evident in only a few songs. I think my listeners will be very satisfied with Blast Off and hopefully there will be a demand for live performance. Blast Off was mastered by Justin Phelps at Super Digital in Portland Oregon.
Total play time: 39.44
My fisrt albumAll of Me released February 12, 2012
Mastered by Don Tyler of Precision Mastering in Los Angeles.
Don has mastered such recordings as Back To Bedlam and All The Lost Souls by James Blunt, Matchbox 20 - Yourself Of Someone Like You, Beck - Static, The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man (live) and Cake - Motorcade Of Generosity, Prolonging The Magic, Fashion Nugget and Comfort Eagle.
Total play time 45.20
Producing my own album is something I've wanted to do for a long time. If you like acoustic guitar, you'll probably dig my music. It's my unique version of acoustic/alternative rock. I've written all the lyrics, arranged the music and performed all the instruments myself. Electric & acoustic guitars, bass, synthesizers, lead and backup vocals, drums and percussion. I started this project in Dec 2008 and quickly found out that it was going to take much more work than I ever imagined. It's been a labor of love and I've poured my heart & soul into it.
My songs are a bit edgy and I like a big beat. I like adding distinct electronic sounds to create audio and visual images. I hope you'll like my music and that you'll want to hear the rest of my album.
"I love your cd. I don't even know where to begin! The whole world should hear your music. You are soooo talented! I hope you sell millions!!"
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At age 8 I started with a love for drums and so began my rhythmic development. I was influenced my older Sister who played the guitar and sang with her friends. Sometimes she would recruit me for some needed vocal harmonies. I picked up the guitar and began exploring sounds and learning chords. My Parents couldn't afford music lessons for me so I learned everything by ear. In High School my music career really began to develop. My friends wanted to start a band and needed a bass player so I went out and bought a cheap bass. We started learning to play our favorite rock music: Rush, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Pink Floyd and AC/DC. I was designated as the lead singer. I started writing lyrics and learning about song construction.
By age 23 I had been in several rock bands. The most notable was with a band called The Dan Reed Network. We played clubs in the Portland/Vancouver area and did some studio recording. As the band changed, I decided that if I wanted to be a professional musician, it would be in my best interest to go to college and earn a degree as a soloist so I began to study the classical guitar. Early morning newspaper delivery/classical guitar student for four tiring years.
Since earning my guitar performance degree I've performed for just about every occasion imaginable from weddings to memorial services and have operated my own guitar instruction business.