Sister Mary Theresa, Head Mistress of Our Lady’s Primary School in Kettering, England, handed me a melodica when I was six years old. I took to it right away, and two years later, when my parents immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, Sister Mary told my parents, “Get this boy a piano!” I’ve been playing music ever since.
“KEYBOARDIST WANTED FOR TRIO—influences: The Beatles, Early Pink Floyd and The Band.”
I was a nineteen-year-old student at the Royal Music Conservatory when I read this ad in a local newspaper. A month later, I was on stage as a new member of the platinum-selling, Canadian band, “The Grapes of Wrath.” And just like that, my professional career began. The band broke up in the early ‘90’s, and for the next twenty years, I divided my time between the recording studio and the stage.
I’ve had so many amazing experiences writing and performing music, each of them uniquely satisfying, and I’m grateful for them all. I’ve played accordion to a captivated group of four-year-olds at my daughter’s preschool. I’ve performed onstage at L’Olympia Paris with Dave Gahan. I’ve recorded piano for Asaf Avidan at Raven’s Eye in Malibu while watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. I’ve played Rock In Rio with Alanis Morrisette. And I’ve accompanied Sarah McLachlan as her Musical Director at the Hollywood Bowl, with the Bowl’s very own Orchestra.
In 2007, I relocated full-time to Los Angeles, started a family, and transitioned to composing for television, digital broadcast, and film. My Main Title credits include Parks and Recreation-NBC, Up All NIght-NBC, Sullivan and Son-TBS, and The Swell Life-OWN, and multiple pilots, including the Golden Globe winning Transparent-Amazon. I have scored feature documentaries for EndGame/Sony and Buzzfeed pictures, and co-wrote songs that have appeared in film. Today, a decade and dozens of projects later, I just wrapped Season One of ABC/Freeform’s Grown-ish, and I’m prepping for Season Three of the Netflix animated, comedy series- F is For Family.
Los Angeles, 2018