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From the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame to The Clubs of Hamburg


When I was a young kid my brothers took off for college and I was left with their record collections. Music took me on a journey and I knew nothing about what was cool or wasn't - I just loved playing along on drums and guitar, writing songs and making up imaginary bands.

Fast forward to 2003.  I was onstage at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland playing guitar with band I was in from New York. We had won a big contest and were flown all over the country getting treated like VIP's - But guess what…… sucked!  What??  Not all of it of course but the essence was lacking. The music became watered down, the pressure was too much and the whole thing imploded. I love and appreciate everyone I worked with but it just wasn't what I signed up for.

It was then that I started to realize that being an independent artist was the way for me.  Gone were the days of artist development and freedom of expression.  Music was a business and my young naive self had to accept that talent wasn't king but making money fast for someone else was.  So I chose to do it my way instead….and the hard work paid off!

A few years back a friend of mine and awesome bassist Rico sent me an email from Hamburg Germany. He had shared my music with some people there who were interested in bringing me over to do some gigs and a TV appearance. Not long before I had a dream which I heard a strong voice say “Don’t abandon Europe”. That dream stuck in the back of my head an ultimately I sold everything and moved overseas for 2 years. We became one of the hottest bands in town and we’re able to film this awesome video for Mind’s Eye...

So do you have a story about following your intuition in a big way and it paying off? Let me know in the comments below!

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