My parents never played any instruments in the house but that's not to say that they weren't musical. We would always be listening to music in the house or on road trips so at a very young age I was exposed to music.
When I was, I believe, in kindergarten, a music store, or something like that, came to our school and showcased some instruments to us. I fell in love with the violin. I then continued to play the violin for the next 8 or so years. I enjoyed playing it but it didn't ever seem like I LOVED playing it. So at this point I'm roughly in 8th grade or a freshman. I decided to drop out of orchestra; I wasn't really enjoying it and it seemed like most of my friends were in choir. So I joined choir and I think that that was a great decision for me. Our choir director was top notch and always expected the best out of us as a whole, and out of each individual.
Around my sophomore year of high school I was playing drums in a metalcore band with some of my best friends. After graduating high school, still being in choir, I was off to college with the expectation that collegiate choir would be even one tier above high school choir. Come to find out that our director was not that great and the people in choir didn't seem to care at all because choir was just a class they needed to take, not wanted to take. So needless to say I was a little discouraged, so I quit that. A couple years later I wrote a song on the piano in secret from my parents, cause I was self conscious about my singing and my playing abilities. I never took piano lessons, didn't really know what I was playing, but liked what was coming out of the process. So I recorded the song and then kind of didn't do much with it. Then one day one of my friends listened to it, and informed me that there was a guy by the name of John Souki that was in the process of starting a progressive rock/metal project and wanted to know if I wanted to be a part of it doing vocals. I agreed to do so and I believe the rest is history. The project with Souki in the end didn't come to fruition but we recorded an EP which was another great learning experience for me.
So years after doing that, my brother randomly texted me one day and asked if I'd be interested in doing vocals for this symphonic rock/metal band. A couple of auditions later, I can proudly say that I'm sharing lead vocals with Natalie for this band Divine Martyr! And its definitely been a humbling experience to be a part of such a great caliber of musicianship, and I'm excited to see what the future will bring!
We'll see ya soon!