My career in music started early. I began singing with my family’s gospel group when I was seven years old. That was also when I began learning to play the piano. My mom played piano, my dad played bass and my brother played drums. We traveled throughout the Midwest on the weekends. When I was nine I started learning to play the guitar and immediately started playing rhythm guitar with the group. When I went to junior high, I learned to play the clarinet and saxophone. By the time I turned sixteen my family’s group disbanded and I went solo. I also began teaching private lessons at this time and I have enjoyed it very much.