I started playing the piano when I was 4. I also made the transition from screaming toddler to actual singer at one point. My parents are probably grateful for that. Then came the countless community theater productions. I was rehearsing for some show practically every weekend.
After I learned what the word “cool” meant, I started to branch out into more genres of music. I love a variety of music, but my heart is in R&B and Gospel. Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding are just a few of my favorites. Throw in some singer/songwriters like John Mayer and Jason Mraz, some alternative rock like The Script, some retro soul like Adele and Dionne Bromfield, some old school hip hop like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Run-DMC and you have my iTunes library.
Wanting to perform anywhere with a microphone led me to acting jobs in film and television. I’ve also won singing competitions and piano scholarships in Southern California. More recently, I’ve started playing the guitar and writing and producing my own songs.
I never really pictured myself in a group until now. I can honestly say that being in IM5 is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s great to be on a team where everyone respects and supports each other. We all bring different personalities and different styles to create a unique sound that I think separates us from the other groups out there.
We’re a brotherhood as much as we are a band, and I think that will play into our success as a group.
When it comes down to it, and you strip away all the lights, the dancing, the clothes and the harmonies, IM5 is just five guys who want to share our common love of music with all of you. Hopefully we will get to do that for a long time.