I remember when I was about five years old, I would run around the house on my hands and knees bounding through the living room, with Dreamwork's animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron playing in the background. My sister could tell you: I would often ask our mom to play that movie just so I could make up my own storyline to Hans Zimmer's engaging soundtrack. I guess you could say that both music and imagination were two really big aspects of my childhood.
As a matter of fact, music and creativity only continued to be of major importance in my life as I grew. I started taking piano lessons in elementary school and that was a huge step in the right direction for me. Piano enabled me to start writing my own instrumental pieces, and in the next few years I started recording and editing my little themes, most of which I wrote to ideas, emotions, or scenes in my head of a particular fictional scenario. The idea of film scoring was actually something I had contemplated back then. Little did I know it would later become a reality.
When I was 14 years old, my sister, brother and I formed a contemporary Christian rock/pop band. This was a time of amazing growth for me both personally and musically. We wrote songs and performed together, traveling all around the Mid Atlantic region for numerous competitions and performances, some of them including the AMTC 2014 SHINE Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Florida, and the Objective Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to live concerts and shows, I also produced, recorded, edited, and helped write/arrange our debut album. A year later we went to work with a producer in Nashville to record an EP that helped my sister launch her solo career as Tarry.
As of now, I am currently pursuing my dream: composing music to film. I'm so excited and grateful to have gotten this far, and to be able to enjoy something so much and yet have it be my job. I will forever be thankful to the support of my family, friends, and Jesus, who have been there for me every step of the way.