I have no memory of a time in my life when music was not a part of it. My mother has often joked how I “came out of the womb singing,” and you would be hard pressed to find a home video of me not singing something – especially if I was running around the house with no clothes on. At age 10 or so I started with the trumpet and kept with it through high school, focusing mainly on jazz in the later years. As I became more involved in choir and musical theatre, I made a hard choice to leave the horn behind and focus on vocal development instead. In college, I participated in plays and musicals, but spent more time creating an all-male Christian acappella group called Clear Cadence. Serving as music director, I arranged music and trained young men to sing together as one, and we had several successful years before the group disbanded a few years after I graduated. As an adult, I sing and play the drum set and percussion instruments for my worship team at church, and dabble with the guitar and songwriting at home. And I love listening to music – I doubt there has been a single day in the last twenty years I haven’t intentionally listened to some sort of musical production.

Christianity is also a major root in my life of which I cannot remember its beginning. I belong to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who sent his only Son to pay the debt I owe but cannot pay. I am thankful to have been raised in a loving home by two caring parents with a passion for serving the Lord that has been passed down to me. Since young adulthood, I have enjoyed exploring reformed doctrine and theology, Christian literature, and attending and serving the local church. The gift of salvation and faith in His saving grace is my lifeblood.

It is the fusion of this faith and my love for music that has culminated into this project, named Newsong.