Growing up in Little Rock, cello was my first instrument. I was exposed to classical music in the youth orchestra, and learned about reading chords and charts from playing at church. By thirteen-years-old, I had added some guitar playing to my repertoire and saved enough lawn-work money to buy an electric bass.

At seventeen, my family moved to Kalamazoo and I joined a garage band with friends I met at school. After a couple years of that, I became interested in studying music. I rented an upright bass and got lessons to audition for Western Michigan University, but I didn’t make the cut. So, I moved back to Arkansas, enrolled in music classes at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and started on my way.