Music has always been something that excites me. I began piano lessons at age six, and for a while I was totally devoted to classical music. Then, I discovered the power of rock music around age thirteen. I fell in love with bands like Guns & Roses, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, and The Beatles. Around the same time, I began singing, playing guitar, and writing songs. My idol was Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Nirvana. His energy and performances were captivating, and I wanted nothing more than to be like him. I played in several bands in junior high and high school including a band with our bassist Stephen. We played the local venues and bars and occasionally made the trip to Austin, but that was never enough for us. We set our eyes on the horizon of Nashville, embarking on a journey of a new city, new friends, and new music. So many things have changed in those five years, and I’ve been profoundly influenced by the attitude, work-ethic, and style of the Nashville scene. I’m very proud to call Music City home.
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Music always intrigued me, but I didn’t discover my passion until I was well into my teens. At age sixteen I signed up for guitar lessons, but something didn’t feel right. One day while I was leaving guitar lessons, I ran into Mark White, the bassist from the Spin Doctors, whose playing was beyond what I thought was possible for bass guitar. One short conversation and I was converted for life. After my first lesson, he connected me with Ryan, who was playing with a band that needed a bass player. We hit it off immediately. I knew I had a lot of catching up to do, so I became obsessed with perfecting the craft and exploring new ways of expression. Above all, that is what music is to me - expression. After lots of live shows and recording, I knew that music was going to become a major part of my life and I needed to pursue it. That’s when I decided to move to Nashville, though I have a sneaking suspicion that the many trips I took to visit Ryan had some impact on that. I am incredibly lucky to work with talented, innovative, and dedicated musicians; and even luckier to call them my best friends. Making music with Born Animal is what I love to do, and with this newest EP, we hope we can make you feel some of the happiness we feel creating it.
I grew up in a small town called Covington Tennessee. You’ve probably never heard of it, but it is a little under an hour outside of Memphis. I’ve lived in Tennessee my whole life and am proud to call this place home. I have played drums ever since I can remember but I never got serious about it until I joined middle school band. After joining I sought lessons from the amazing Jerry Meadows Jr. and the rest is history. I have played with many different music groups of varying genres. I most prominently was known for playing with Memphis based country artist Randy Lee, but have played with many artists since. I’m excited to be a part of the Born Animal family and am ecstatic to see where this journey will take me and my newfound friends!