Despite having been born deaf in one ear, I knew at the very early age of 5 that I wanted to pursue the world of Drums. Via my step-father Gene Fitzgerald. Gene was a successful sessions player in the Memphis,Tn area back in the 60’s 70’s as well as live performer having performed and recorded with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis,etc..It was Through Gene’s professional guidance that gave Me a quick head start into the world of drumming building that solid base for growth. I soon began to show signs of loyalty to the craft. I was the kid always walking around with a beat up pair of drumsticks in his back pocket. I’d often stop to tap on anything to get a sense of different tones,wrist development, a learning to hear with the use of only one ear..etc..I elected to further my music education during my Jr.high/High School years as a member of the schools music drumline,etc. I was even given the title “Drum Captain” by my music instructor for my senior year. Shortly after highschool, I began to get my feet wet within the West Tn area working with Several local/regional music groups, I began writing and performing on a regular basis and recording music and didn’t stop there. Over the next several years,I became a well known drummer within my west Tennessee area and had been offered Many drum positions with local bands for over a decade as a sought after drummer. I had corrective ear surgery at the age of 26 that initially allowed me to hear out of my deaf ear from birth for the very first time in my life. Having developed a different approach to hearing and music skills with the use of only one ear prob made me focus deeper than I would have before with the use of two? I had gone on to write,record and perform at a professional level. One of my most memorable works was with tennessee group Trash the Brand, a 3 piece band thats noted to have their own sound known as swampabilly’ , a mixture of several different southern music styles combined into one. Trash the brand’s original music quickly began to gain great music reviews,label attention and can be listened to and purchased through www.reverbnation.com/
My professional music career launched to new highest as the Group trash the brand and SAVING ABEL shared the same management co. Silent Majority Group via Jeff Hanson( Creed,Sevendust,AlterBridge,Paramore,Tantric, Candlebox, etc…) news of the departure of Saving Abel’s drummer quickly opened up that position and the band and management offered Me the position and to begin touring immediately. I am the New drummer for Rock Band Saving Abel that gained Success with such Radio HITS as Addicted,18Days,Drowning(face down)The Sex Is Good,etc..I perform nightly all across the US/coast to coast I have just completed recording for the NEW Album from Saving Abel due to release Nov.11th 2014.