My musical roots began early in an unusually talented family. We did a lot of music together at home and began performing together while young. Influencial styles included religious, a cappella, folk, classical, and jazz. I began writing songs in high school and in my college years two of my sisters and I formed a folk-rock group called Sibling Revelry. We released two CDs and enjoyed modest success, including a few minor TV appearances and some other recognition. I went on to do a masters degree at New York University in music technology, which broke up the group but which got me on solid footing for recording, a skill I desired greatly. I interned at a studio in New York called Shelter Island Sound, the owner of which, Steve Addabbo, is who helped get Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega their starts.|
I gradually built up my own personal recording studio (see the Equipment List). With it as well as in commercial studios I have recorded professionally a number of people and groups, including choirs and orchestras, rap artists, folk artists, rock bands, and much in between. I recorded 4 of the 5 songs on my sister Skye's EP (go to skyepixton.com), and at the very end of 2007 released my long-awaited CD of original hymn arrangements, Hymns Anew.
As far as my writing/composing/arranging, this began fairly early as well. I never learned to sight read very well. I did have some formal training on piano, but I always gravitated toward playing what sounded good to me, which I found most easily in what I made up. You'll see from the samples on this site that my styles vary a bit between rock, folk-rock, new age, orchestral, a cappella, choral, folk, bluegrass, americana, and neo-classical.
My instruments are piano, guitar, organ, bass, and some drums/percussion, and I'm a vocalist. I am blessed with a very good "ear" and I am naturally very attentive to detail.
As of 2014 I live with my wife and our tween-aged triplets in Kansas City, Kansas.