The wonderful thing about my profession is that I get to learn something new every day. It’s this joy of discovery and insatiable thirst for knowledge
that continues to lead me to seek out instruction and study other styles of music.

You have to understand that my childhood home was filled with music from a myriad of genres, from Carlos Santana to Mac Davis to Sly and the Family Stone.

My father was a college educator and my mother was a counselor and “grand communicator”. It was in this fertile environment that I discovered how to learn, and that the key is not the destination, but the journey.

When I first picked up the guitar, I felt overwhelmed. At 16, you could typically find me with my nose buried in books on harmony and theory. Music is the first thing I felt passionate
about, and I followed my “North Star” to Boston and the Berklee College of Music.

Though I originally moved to Boston for school, I learned more by practicing all day and playing all night than in the classroom. In the clubs of Boston, I was exposed to everything from blues to jazz to rock. This is where I found my voice. Under the tutelage of jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley, I was introduced to sessions stalwart Gerald Albright, who encouraged me to move to Los Angeles.

I’ve always thought that competition drives us to excellence. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1997, I have had to meet the challenge of competing against the top players in the world. I have been blessed to work with artists ranging from jazz legends George Duke and Tom Scott, to R&B icons Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston, to pop sensation The Backstreet Boys.

Looking back, I can still remember my first time on stage in front of a live audience. I was so nervous that I couldn’t find Middle C if it bit me in the ass. At the same time, I was intoxicated by the experience, and I have never looked back. Since first discovering the guitar as a teenager, I still get a charge every time I pick up my instrument. I don’t think that I could, or would do anything else.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Performed and/or Recorded with:
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Josh Groban
Christina Aguilera
Elton John
Herbie Hancock
Whitney Houston
Chaka Khan
Tom Scott
Jeffrey Osbourne
Brenda Russell
Eric Benet
Lalah Hathaway
Charlie Bisharat
Vesta
Patti LaBelle
Yolanda Adams
Deborah Cox
Luther Vandross
Al Jarreau
David Sanborn
Gerald Albright
Boys II Men
Phil Perry
Dianne Reeves
El Debarge
Ronnie Laws
Stevie Wonder
Eric Marienthal
Patti Austin
Nick Lachey
Smokey Robinson
Rob Thomas
Alicia Keys
Robert Randolph
Frankie J
Floetry
Vivian Green
John Legend
Joss Stone
The O’Jays
Fantasia
Ruben Studdard
Natalie Cole
Kenny Rogers

Huey Lewis and the News
Patrice Rushen
Aretha Franklin
Angie Stone
Art Porter
Peabo Bryson
Will Downing
Toni Braxton
Jermaine Jackson
Louis Johnson
Bobby Watson
Walter Beasley
The Temptations
Jonathan Butler
Brian McKnight
LeAnn Rimes
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Lee Ann Womack
Chris Botti
Craig Chaquico
Babyface
Westlife
Mindi Abair
David Benoit
Backstreet Boys
George Duke
India.Arie
Kirk Whalum
Donna Summer
Ashanti
New Edition
Lou Rawls
Ricky Fante
Christina Milian
Shirley Caesar
Donnie McClurkin
Fred Hammond
Gerald Levert
Chris Brown
Carlos Santana
Heather Headley
Anastasia
Billie Myers

TELEVISION APPEARANCES
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37th NAACP Image Awards (House Band) (2006)
48th Annual Grammy Awards (music) (2006)
ABC’s Christmas in Aspen (2002)
American Bandstand’s 50th…A Celebration (2002)
American Idol (House Band) (2005, 2006)
American Music Awards – w/ Josh Groban (2004)
AOL Sessions (w/ Westlife, Josh Groban)
Back to Basics MTV Special (w/ Christina Aguilera)
(2006)
Backstreet Boys: Larger than Life – CBS Special (2001)
B.E.T. 2nd Annual Awards (2002)
B.E.T. 3rd Annual Awards (2003)
B.E.T. Jazz Legends Concert
B.E.T. Soundstage live show (w/ Ricky Jones) (1998)
The Ellen Degeneres Show (w/ Javier, Josh Groban)
FAME (House Band) (2003)
For One Night (TV movie) (score) (2006)
For the Troops: MTV’s USO Show – w/ Jennifer Lopez (2002)
Good Morning America (w/ Josh Groban, Christina Aguilera)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (w/ Huey Lewis and the News) (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (w/ Anastacia, Javier)
Late Night with Conan O’Brien (w/ Josh Groban) (2004)
Late Show with David Letterman (w/ Christina Aguilera) (2006)
The Little Richard Story (movie) – NBC (played Buster Douglas) (2000)
Melrose Place
Motown Live – with Chaka Khan (1999)
MTV Movie Awards (w/ Christina Aguilera) (2006)
MTV Video Music Awards – w/ Josh Groban (2003)
The Orlando Jones Show (w/ Javier) (2003)
PBS Great Performances: Josh Groban in Concert (2002)
PBS Great Performances: Josh Groban – Live at the Greek (2004)
The Queen’s Royal Variety Performance – w/ Jennifer Lopez (2001)
Saturday Night Live (w/ Christina Aguilera) (2006)
Sinbad’s Summer Soul Jam 1999 (w/ Chaka Khan)
Smokey Robinson Walk of Fame (House Band) (2004)
Smooth Jazz TV (w/ Mindi Abair) (2003)
Teen Choice Awards (w/ Jennifer Love Hewitt) (2002)
Titans Miniseries (1999)
Today (w/ Backstreet Boys) (2001)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (w/ Yolanda Adams, Frankie J., Josh Groban, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Love Hewitt)
Top of the Pops – w/ Jennifer Lopez (2001)
UNCF Tribute to Lou Rawls (House Band) (2003)
UNCF Tribute to Aretha Franklin (House Band) (2006)
The View (w/ Backstreet Boys)
VH1 – International special on Billie Myers (1998)
VH1: Save the Music – House Band (2005)
The Wayne Brady Show (w/ Anastacia) (2002)
We Are the Future Concert Special (w/ Josh Groban) (2005)
World Music Awards – with Josh Groban (2004)

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