Growing up, I listened to everything from doo-wop, to 80s alternative, to traditional Portuguese music and beyond. I'd listen to anything and everything and I've been told by many family members that I was singing nonsense even before I was able to talk it.
I've always been drawn to the beauty and transcendental qualities of music - it's ability to turn a monotonous moment into a masterpiece, an experience. I can only hope that my writing will one day give justice to the mysterious, marvelous wonder that is music.
I wrote my very first song back in the summer before sixth grade. It wasn’t much, probably exactly what you would have expected from an 11 year old. That one song turned out to be much more though - a defining moment in my life. It was the moment I realized my passion for music could be proactive.
I grew up in Stewartsville, NJ - small town USA. It didn’t take long for my dreams to outgrow those county lines. I worked hard in school, focused on my writing, and was constantly scheming of ways to use my music to foster a sense of community. My senior year of high school, I finally found a way: “The One Stop Tour.” It was a completely student-run concert that gave my classmates real-life industry experience. All of the proceeds from the event went to someone in the community in need. In its debut year, the concert raised over $500 for a family in our community whose youngest son was battling brain cancer. Since then, it had become an annual event until the unfortunate circumstance that it COVID.
My mama, Mindy, passed away not long after my 18th birthday leaving behind myself, my younger brother and sister, and my dad. My mama’s original diagnosis with breast cancer was six years prior and the battle had been anything but easy. In the beginning of my senior year, my family and I learned that her cancer had metastasized after a period of what was previously understood to be remission. I wholly attribute my family’s perseverance and resilience through this adversity to faith.
My mom had taken over the Youth Group at our church and lead with distinction. She always put her kids (family and youth group) before herself. Everything she did, in her personal and professional life, she gave every last bit of herself. She inspired every person she came in contact with. She was a mom, a mentor, a leader, a friend, and a fighter to the end. And if these words are not a testament to the beauty she manifested in her life, over 1,000 people - of all ages, backgrounds, distinctions, etc - were present to pay respects to her at her wake. This is what continues to inspire me to use my music to help those around me.
I just released my debut album, Exit Fo[u]r, on my mama’s birthday, 1.27.2021. In keeping with my mission, proceeds from album and merch sales, as well as all royalties from the first week of streams are being donated to childhood cancer research - a cause that was close to my mama's heart.