Bio

I don’t consider myself a singer even though I grew up singing in the Sunbeam Children’s Choir at church, the school chorus and the Greater Columbia Children’s Choir.  I started playing the piano and performing at the age of 7 which is when my love of the stage began. While attending my sister’s orchestra performance a few years later, I became completely mesmerized by the bass section. I begged my parents for weeks to let me play the bass. They finally gave in and agreed to let me play a stringed instrument just as long as it could fit into the family car. This is the moment that I decided to become a cellist. I enjoyed playing both the piano and cello, so I continued studying both instruments throughout high school and college with an emphasis on cello.  I studied under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Jesselson at USC while in high school and credit him for turning me into a concert cellist.  I later studied under Dr. Fred Raimi at Duke University.  Below is a summary of my education, background and experience:

  • 2017 – Present, Serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Symphony Associates as a Co-Chair for the ASO Musicians Luncheon and The Education & Community Outreach Committee
  • 2017 – Present, Serve as one of the assistant sound engineers for Divine Love Church
  • 2016 – Present, a cellist member of the Georgia Musicale Group which performs monthly at various locations around Metro Atlanta
  • 2016 – 2017, Served as cellist in residence and on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta chapter of the Bach Society.  In residence at the Fulton County Southwest Atlanta Arts Center.
  • December 2015My instrumental arrangement (with solo cello) of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was selected by RadioAirplay as one of their Top 200 Holiday Songs of 2015
  • Nov 2015 – Winner of The Akademia Music Award for Best Ambient/Electronica Song (HeartBeat)
  • 2015 – Present, music technology  and education contributor for D’Addario Strings Behind The Bridge blog
  • 2015 – Present, Songwriter and Publisher member of ASCAP
  • Current member of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians, Local 148-462
  • 2014 – Present, Member of the Atlanta Symphony Associates
  • July 2013 – Released instrumental single “Reflections at Sunset”.  This is the 1st song that I wrote, performed, engineered and produced entirely from beginning to end.
  • September 2012 – Released debut classical album “All About Bach”.  Since I decided to go down the audio engineering path, I wanted to experiment with doing all of the recording and engineering work on this project.  This album features piano and cello compositions by J.S. Bach.
  • June 2012 Usher Raymond’s Foundation Fundraiser – Performed on cello with the singer JMSN
  • 2012-Present Associate Member of The Recording Academy  Grammy365.com
  • 2009 – 2015  Piano, beginner violin and cello instructor with the Ken Stanton Music Stores and Musika Lessons
  • Co-founder of The Atlanta Camarada String Ensemble
  • Performed with recording artists Michael Bolton and Kenny Rogers
  • Performed for the grand opening of the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta
  • Former section cellist and soloist with the First Baptist Atlanta orchestra
  • Former section cellist with the Columbia (SC) Philharmonic and The Cobb, LaGrange and Dekalb Symphonies
  • Studied piano, cello and engineering at USC and Duke University 
  • Studied music at the SC Governor’s School For The Performing Arts. Honored as a Governor’s Scholar for arts and academics.
  • Won Senior Soloist designation for my high school and was the featured soloist with our district’s symphonic orchestra performing the Haydn Concerto in C.  I also accompanied this same orchestra twice to the main stage of Carnegie Hall in NYC as the assistant principal and principal cellist.