I am the singer/song writer/band leader for The HeartSleeves, with a focus in eclectic pop music and a background in spontaneous lyrical and melodic improvisation.
I come from a creative background as a Designer/Sculptor/Fabricator/Painter with experience in broadcast commercial animation and corporate design.
We formed The HeartSleeves in 2007 when myself (former lead singer of the soul rock band "Grits") and collaborator/drinking buddy Wayne “Rhino” Flower (bass – The Halo Benders,Treepeople, Violent Green ) collided at high velocity with my high school chum Joel “JG” Greenlee (sax), Joshua Lee Loomis (vocals, guitar, keys – The Great Buriers) and Ariel “R E L” Rejman (drums – The Great Buriers, Air and Space Museum, Jalopy) down at the Fenway practice space late 2006. Country fell into the funk, soul got some pop and jazz on it and the Chocolate got covered in peanut butter.
After a some gigs and an album (Dirt & Water), I welcomed Ben Margolis (sax – The Peoples Donut), Alex Blinn (Drums), Rob Gilmore (Bass) and JohnMcgregor (Guitar).
We completed our second album (Peripheral People) with the help and collaboration of Alex Blinn (Drums), Rob Gilmore (Bass), Ben Nicotera (Keyboard), Mark Podgurski (Drums), Helen Aki (Guitar, Backing Vocals), HeartSleeve veterans Wayne Flower (Bass) and Joshua Lee Loomis (Guitar) and Honorary Sleever For Life, HeartSleeves engineer Douglas Batchelder (Guitar, Wurlitzer Piano, Hammond organ) who also recorded, mixed and co-produced the album.
Current members include Ben (Sax), Liza Talusan (Backing Vocals), Alan Trebat (Drums), Mark Yanowitz (Bass) and Connor Bergman (Guitar).
I love to write/record/play original music and I'm very proud of this band and the friends we make along the way as we collaborate and help push original music back into mainstream entertainment.