I live in two musical worlds: Secular and Sacred. You could say I'm musically bipolar: I make music for the Spiritual Animal, who I believe is most of us.
My songs are about love (mostly gone wrong), lust, relationships, social and environmental issues.
Throughout junior high school, I studied piano and classical organ with Charles Boehm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville, NY. As a student at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, I studied organ with Dr. George Markey and Joan Lippincott, and in 2011-15 with David Enlow in NYC.
In my 20's, the call of the Pop world was so strong I walked away from my classical roots and liturgical training. I enrolled at NYC's The New School and immersed myself in contemporary songwriting, band ensemble, singing, and engineering.
In the 80's I built an 8 track recording studio in my studio apartment (pre-war UWS), fulfilling my need to control every aspect of my musical expression. My apt was directly above my landlady's bedroom, so if I didn't stop recording by 11pm she'd take her broom-handle and bang on her ceiling to shut me up!
A detour, in the form of clothing and fabric design studies, presented itself in the mid-1990s. First at NYC's Parson's School of Design where I studied tailoring, then at FIT where I studied pattern-making and draping for 2 years.
Pop music summoned me once again and I returned to my recording studio and released my debut CD in 2000, performing in NYC's China Club, Cheetah, Downtime, Acme Underground, CBGB's, The Elbow Room, and Hard Rock Cafe on West 57th St.
In 2004 I transitioned from Electro Pop Rock into EDM with Tracy Young's remix of my song “Geisha Girl“. The funny thing is I can't sing and dance at the same time, so attempting to sing AND dance was like shooting myself in the foot. Which I'll probably attempt again anyway.
2007 I released “Frequency”. A single of dance remixes, based on “The Secret” which was big at the time. Yes I'm into woo woo energy field metaphysics ie “The Hidden Messages in Water”, “The War of Art”.
2008 I was feeling......older and wrote “Wanna Be Beautiful” my anti plastic surgery song. This song may bite me in the butt in a few more years.
Being a hermit by nature (only child syndrome?) and now living in upstate NY, I needed a change of scenery: more people! On a Sunday in 2008 I walked into the local church and introduced myself to the pastor and said “if you ever need a substitute organist I'm available”. Lucky me he called soon after. That was my re-entry into the sacred music world.
2011 I released my ' note to self ' spiritual dance anthem “No More Excuses”. The lyrics are inspired by Marianne Williamson's (author of “A Return to Love”) "Letting Go and Becoming."
During the summers of 2012-14 I returned to Westminster for 'Choral Conducting Intensive' with James Jordan and faculty @ The Conducting Institute.
Since 2012 I'm the organist and choir director at Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, in upstate NY.
In 2013 and 2015 I collaborated with New York Academy of Ballet based in Poughkeepsie, NY. We presented a Ballet & Organ Holiday Program of Advent and Christmas Organ Music. Video of the concert is CLICK HERE
2017 “Save The Planet” EP. With the undoing of the EPA and climate change on the rise, and our insane POTUS, “Save The Planet” brings awareness to the issues at stake. Dave Aude's remix reached #20 on the DJ Times Dance Charts. The downtempo song ”Lullaby to Birdland” was my first collaboration with Film & TV Composer Max Surla.
We produced my latest Symphonic Pop EP “Boyography, Pt.1” released September 21, 2018.
In between working on Pop music, Max has been tutoring me in Film & TV music. This lead me to Juilliard, studying Scoring to Film with Rick Baitz, diving deeper into music theory, and Learning Logic Pro X. I've been a Digital Performer user for the past 20 years, so maybe time for a new DAW.
Wanting an alter ego for my Pop persona, I created JAGUAR GRACE.
To hear all of my songs please go to my MUSIC page.
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