Native American Music Award winner
Indian Summer Music Award winner
Norbay Award winner
West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Award winner
Pala Casino Battle of the Bands winner
Silicon Valley Blues Society Battle of the Bands winner
Coyote Valley Casino Battle of the Bands winner
International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist
I was born on a Thursday, December 20th, 1984 in Wine Country California; raised on Elem Indian Colony Sulphur Bank Rancheria. Moved to Santa Rosa, CA as a teenager. I love music! Been singing and playing my whole life.
My dad gave me the gift of music, got me a toy piano when I was little, taught me to play guitar at 13. We traveled all over America sharing that music.
Besides leading the band with my dad, Twice As Good, I have performed and recorded with artists Jacques Wilkens, Ras K'dee and Audiopharmacy, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Bill Morganfield, Freddie Hughes, The Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of Allstars, and Robert Watson (the bassist/guitarist). I played guitar and sang for 6+ years in the House of Refuge Fellowship church band under Pastor Don Wesley of the Pentecostal Christian traditions from Louisiana and the SF Bay Area.
I sing, play guitar, bass, saxophone, harmonica, keyboards, drums, trumpet, violin, and make beats. I've studied music at University of Nevada, Reno; Santa Rosa Junior College; and Sonoma State University; from such great teachers as Ed Corey, Mark Anderman, Bennett Friedman, Doug Leibinger; and Randy Vincent.
My musical favorites and influences are: the one and only, B.B. King! Luther Allison, Magic Slim, George Benson, Robert Randolph, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Santana. As a singer I like: Freddie Hughes, the O'Jays, Jackie Payne, Wilson Pickett, Rafael Saadiq, and all those who choose to share the joy and power of vocal expression.