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Hey, Friend,

We’re only one month into the new year and already so many musical things are happening! On New Year’s, my new multimedia electro-rock project Hello Headrush debuted in a small house show setting, but it’s already visiting larger venues thanks to Akron’s Empire Concert Club and my friends from The Scenic Route. Having the opportunity to bring my vision to a larger stage and broader audience was exhilarating, and the next batch of shows are already hitting my calendar. Of course, you don’t have to wait for a live show to hear Hello Headrush’s first single, which dropped at the end of January with the help of a article by the wonderful Anne Nickoloff. Check out the article here, and listen the single “Second Life”, on any of your favorite streaming services: Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, it’s on all of’em!

Also picking up steam in 2019 is my old band, The Mess Makers – in case you’re not familiar, we play the same material from my solo records, but as a cranked-up 4-piece rock band instead of my usual one-man looping show. After a successful reunion last Halloween, we’ve begun playing more gigs AND, most excitingly, shot our first music video! Our performanced-based video for “The Last Sunset” was filmed on one of Cleveland’s most bone-chillingly cold days, which necessitated some flexibility amongst my bandmate and filming crew. Despite the single-digit temperatures, we were able to relocate the shoot from an old, empty warehouse that would have been absolutely frigid to a much warmer setting: my Victorian mini-mansion (Who you calling eccentric? I’m not eccentric, you’re eccentric! Boom! Roasted.) in Gordon Square.  Everyone brought their “A” game, including our director Brandon Radic from Lights & Sounds Media who turned our very cold lemons into a delicious lemonade slushie. He has a great eye for locations, angles, and all the little touches that make a video so special. We can’t wait to share it with you in a few weeks!

Amongst all these bigger band happenings, my solo performance schedule has stayed pretty well packed, with gigs all around Northern Ohio. Lately that’s been a bit of a challenge for me; I severely sprained my ankle during a co-ed recreational soccer match a couple weeks ago. You may not know, but I happen to be an avid fan of futbol, especially the EPL’s Arsenal, the Columbus Crew, and the United State’s own Women’s National Team; I’m also a casual player myself in several local leagues. Though the bruising looks horrible, there’s good news: while I may have sustained a heck of an injury, our opponents did NOT score on that play, and we came out with a 6-3 victory! I have been walking a little gingerly but the ankle is definitely healing, and the show will continue to go on!

And for everyone who pre-ordered my House of Ghosts vinyl when the album was released last October, I have great news! The crew at Gotta Groove Records has informed me that the manufacturing process is almost complete, and I’ll be able to pick up the records and start sending them out very soon. If you haven’t had a chance to place your order yet, you can still do so HERE!

I’ve got a nice batch of shows around the region over the next month: 

As always, there’s a chance I might end up picking up a few more shows over the coming weeks, so be sure to like my various social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and keep an eye on the Tour Dates page to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Once again, thank you for taking this journey with me. I can’t wait to see what happens next!


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