When I was little, I noticed that my mother had bought guitars for both my brothers. I saw how delighted she was with the fact that they were playing, and frankly I wanted her to be delighted with me, too. The instrument absolutely captivated and mystified me, and does to this day. It didn’t take long for me to care very little who noticed. I don’t know why I stuck with it, I suppose that’s just what happens when you fall in love. Through years of failed friendships, romances and family turmoil, I came back time and time again to the world that the guitar had opened up for me. It was a haven, a safer place; one that I could build and rebuild to suit myself. That’s a luxury I didn’t have in the material world. I came across guitar players like John Mayer and KT Tunstall... I fell in love with the way they could express themselves like that, and I endeavored to be able to do the same.
Somewhere along the way - maybe eleven or twelve - I fell in love with words. I had a poem published in a collection of works, and I never forgot the feeling of that book in my hands. I loved the places that words could take me to; places far away from what I was facing in ordinary life.
I suppose that when I realized I could combine the two, I became a songwriter by default. My father would sing to me in the car; wonderful folk songs written by the likes of Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell. These songs were stories, lessons, friends; and they kept me company through the time I spent in places I never belonged: like high school, and at home. I started to write songs as a means of comforting myself; I could listen back to something I wrote the last time I felt lost or alone, and remember how I got through it. Honestly, that’s still what I do to this day.
I never made the decision to be a professional musician. That was just something I realized I was doing. All of what I am, I am by default. My heart beats, my lungs breathe, and I write and sing songs.
In 2012 I had the pleasure of working with John Porter (B.B King, Missy Higgins, The Black Keys) in New Orleans. We made an EP called Don’t Give Up, and toured Australia with Damien Leith and Steve Balbi to support it. I took some time off after that, because I noticed some real changes happening inside and all around me. I took up surfing, got lost in the mountains, fell in love... started working quietly on a body of work that became the Chrysalis EP, which was released in 2016 through Social Family Records. I had the pleasure of playing again with Steve Balbi, and Sarah Mcleod (The Superjesus) to support the EP.
The second single, How Do I Know, was released on the 20th of March 2017. That is a song about learning to let go of love. You can download or stream it from any major digital music platform (iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music).
This is where my story sits. The next chapter is unfolding. Come with me.