I was born in Barbados, and developed my love for music from a very early age. Sacramento became my home in 1988 where I was able to develop my career as a singer and songwriter. This region demands a singer to offer a unique and special presence onstage. I infuse my West Indian sound with American alternative rock and jazz.
Currently, I play every Tuesday evening at the 3 Fires Lounge in the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel (15th & L) where I mix my sultry style with alternative rock and folk classics.
As a child, listening to Harry Belafonte, 3rd World Band, Ralph McDonald and local Bajan bands had great influence on me. I loved the beats, the sound and the melodies of every artist available. When you’re a child the influences you love seep into your mind forever. As I write my music I find all my favorite influences coming out into my music without a conscious effort. I would describe my voice as a deep sultry sound with a raspy touch as I play my own songs and covers in a folk acoustic style.
I studied many subjects in Barbados. Theatrical lighting, interior decorating and accounting are my formal education, but song writing is my passion. When I came to America I received more opportunities and inspiration for songs. Leaving my home created a nostalgic feeling that is taken for granted when you are there. Many of my songs are about my homeland and the beauty of its environment but I also have folk-based songs with topics such as love, hope and inspirations from my environment.
Each song is tailored to a folk and jazz sound as I play the bass and acoustic electric guitar. The music I play for events range from re-created songs generated from the sixties to nineties. My favorite genres are alternative rock and folk. This covers a wide range of time which appeals to a broader audience. These songs are what fit best with my personality, and is memorable to everyday crowds that want to relax as they enjoy live music.
My performances are most often in intimate settings at Sacramento’s premier hotel venues. Every tuesday you will find me at 3 Fires Lounge in the Marriott. Additionally, I have performances at the Sheraton Grand, Hyatt Regency and Sacramento Convention Center. These are intimate and sexy settings where my music can be enjoyed over a cocktail and small bite. The video below is a performance at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento.
Some of my favorite events are: weddings, corporate events, anniversary parties, and festivals. One corporate party, led to playing at a Director’s Wedding. He worked for the Hyatt incline village, which led to playing for other Hyatt Hotels.
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