I started writing journals and poetry when I was in my mid-teens. I had been dealing with a lot of troubling feelings and emotions and I began to write down a lot of what I was feeling. I’m not sure why I decided to write in rhyme form, that just naturally happened so I went with it.
I began to develop a NEED to write. Whether I was writing down something I wanted to remember or copying song lyrics, it didn’t matter. A lot of my emotional dealings were alleviated with writing. I also dealt with my emotions by becoming obsessed with music. I listened (and sang along) to mostly classic country and rock and roll. I loved how music made me feel, how it washed over me and took me to places outside of my mind.
Around the age of 18 I noticed that a lot of what I was writing seemed to be song lyrics. It occurred to me that maybe I should learn how to play guitar so I could sing and play what I was writing. I grew up singing in church so I felt comfortable with my voice (though I learned later on that I didn’t know much about singing at all). My dad played guitar so I asked him to show me how to play. He showed me a few chords then I was up and running.
After about two years of practicing guitar I began to get comfortable with singing and playing at the same time. I ventured out to a few open mic shows and played at a lot of parties. Also during that time I discovered Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, my two favorite songwriters. They both helped me expand my writing beyond just trying to rhyme or deal with emotions. Since then I’ve been immersed into the study of folk/ blues music and write songs in a traditional style.