“Thank you for your poetry, inspiration and courage, breathtaking clarity and complete resonance that sears through the air at every performance. In a simple and uncomplicated way it is a privilege and a blessing to share the space… Have confidence in your ability to reach into an audience with an emotional connection, it happens”.
- Russ (Numero Uno Fan)
My musical story goes something like this… I started playing guitar and writing songs following a little existential crisis that happened in my late twenties.
Within a year, I’d written well and truly enough songs to play my first gig, and shortly after, released my first album “Remnants”, which you can find here. It’s bare bones – just me and my guitar. My goal was to write songs that I believed in, and share them with people who connected with my music. In my mind, I’d achieved my dream, even if it was on a small scale.
However, having overcome my fear of singing in front of people, and with the renewed sense of confidence and purpose that it gave me, I was now busting to record a studio album and bring my songs to life; it was just a matter of finding the right people. Having started making music later in life, I didn’t have a circle of muso friends I could call on – I kind of had to rely on chance to find the right people. It took about 5 years.
Meanwhile, I was playing solo gigs, leaving job after job, fumbling my way through life, and trying to figure out this music thing: whether I should continue with it, what it means to me, and why it kept pestering me even when I tried to leave it behind.
I certainly didn’t have a clear sense of direction, but I did have an insatiable desire to create something beautiful and meaningful with my music; something that I truly believed in. After playing many more gigs in bars and cafes in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle; after fumbling and stalling and starting again, I made my album. It’s called Divided Heart – a title that refers to the beginning of my musical story. You can download or purchase a CD here!
Thanks for listening!