I’ve played over 2000 concerts in 35 countries and have been making a living as a professional musician in Nashville for about a decade now.
I grew up in the Australian bush in an ‘economically humble’ household - we had no hot water until 2001, cooked all our meals on a wood stove and our TV had only two fuzzy channels, because we lived so far away from town.
I found the guitar at the age of 10 and became determined to figure out how to coax the sounds I wanted out of this little box.
Living in a rural area, I wasn’t able to access advanced teachers to learn from, so after I progressed through basic guitar lessons I discovered the world of Instructional VHS tapes and DVD’s. And then YouTube came out.
Teaching myself from these materials, I spent every spare moment learning from my ‘virtual mentors’.
When I was 16 I won the Australia’s Got Talent TV show - it was an amazing experience and I’ll never forget the moment they handed me $250,000 on national TV. I had just left high school and was getting by playing clubs and festivals along the Australian east coast.
At 18 I was voted ‘Best New Talent’ by Guitar Player Magazine, and won the ‘Grand Champion Performer Of The World’ title at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA.
I’ve performed with musical greats: Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill, Keb Mo, John Jorgenson, Lee Ritenour, Albert Lee, Lee Roy Parnell, The Wailers, Styx, Keith Carlock, Steve Ferrone, Michael Rhodes, Glenn Worf, Zakk Wylde, Richard Thompson and Stevie Wright of the Easybeats.
This year I have released my fourth studio album, Undertones and will be touring the US nationally to support it.