Gregorian Rock combines ancient with modern to create a serene, yet pummeling sound.
Bio, short version
Once upon a time, a friend of a friend invited me to play keyboards in his country band. I had no experience (classically trained) nor love of country music, but I agreed. They paid me to have fun.
I didn't even know that was possible. Every paying gig I'd had up to that point was low wage, low skill, manual labor.
It was then I knew music was my future.
While searching for a new sound, this idea came to me: combine ancient with modern to create a serene, yet pummeling sound. I take Gregorian chant-style vocals and support it with progressive rock energy/instrumentation, and presto, Gregorian Rock!
I play keyboards, electronic wind instrument, Chapman Stick, and sing. You will hear the influence of my classical background, with hints of Neal Morse, Iona, Frost, and 70s prog.
Bio, long version
My musical story can be told in four epiphanies.
The first occurred while I was in high school, and the jazz band played a piece in which I played two synthesizers at once. Afterward, my Dad told me that while he was watching this he wanted to stand up and say “That’s my boy!” Making our fathers proud is a deep-seated part of the human psyche. Looking back, I believe this moment had a bigger impact on me than I perceived at that time.
The next epiphany happened while I was at home between college semesters one summer. I was recruited to play piano in a country band. I didn’t know country music, didn’t like country music, but they paid me to have fun. I didn’t know that was even possible. Every other job I’d had up to that point was low-skill, low-wage, manual labor. I wondered how fun would it be to play music I liked…
Many years later, when I first got the idea for Gregorian Rock, the prospect of recording an album was daunting, to say the least. I couldn’t think of a way to make it happen. Then a friend of mine suggested running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds. In 2013 my first Kickstarter met it’s goal and the debut album of Gregorian Rock was produced! Amazing.
The fourth major event was when I got some validation from one of my musical heroes, Phil Keaggy (Grammy-nominated, legendary guitarist). He played on three of the songs on my third album, “FIRE”. It is a long and twisting story of how this happened, but I will summarize here by saying WOOHOO! Phil played some of my music and he really enjoyed it!
My fourth album, "Christmas", was released just before Christmas 2018. Phil plays on that one too.
Although keyboards are my main instruments, I also play a WX7 midi wind controller (an electronic wind instrument - EWI) and Chapman Stick.
Some of my favorite artists:- Neal Morse nealmorse.com
- Frost frost.life
- Iona iona.uk.com