Coming soon, the album Gemini Rising – 12 original songs written and performed, by me, at the age of 15. This is unlike any other project I’ve undertaken. Gemini Rising pinballs between genres and features a 70’s inspired guitar epic, folk songs with pop sensibilities, a melodic funk tune, mournful acoustic ballads, and Texas blues inspired grooves to take the listener on a musical journey and multi-genre experience. I wrote and performed the songs and played all electric and acoustic guitars on this album. I hope you enjoy it!
The album title, and the theme of the title track, is derived from my study of Greek Mythology, specifically, the myth of the Gemini star constellation.
Castor and Pollux were twin brothers. Pollux was immortal, and Castor mortal. One day, Castor, during a fierce battle, was killed. Pollux could not bare to live through the grief. Distraught, he begged the Gods to grant Castor half of his eternal life. So the Gods, taking pity on Pollux said the only way it was possible for the brothers to share immortality was if they placed them in the heavens, as a star constellation, and thus, the brothers live for eternity by each other’s side.
The archetype of the Gemini constellation and myth of Castor & Pollux inspired my writing which was adapted to reflect the central themes of love, longing, loss, separation, pain, sacrifice, and redemption that touch each and every one of our lives. The other songs on the album feature sharp social critiques and observations, and also some good times fun.
About Me: I’m an official partner of Taylor Guitars and have been playing publicly since the age of 7. My debut album Modern. Magic. Melody. sold records internationally and received TV, radio, and print media time from CBC, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Time Colonist, and Chek TV. It also yielded a nomination for New Act of The Year at the Maple Blues Awards and at 13 years of age, I became the youngest person in the history of the awards to be nominated. I was also voted as winner of Best Original Song at the UK FAB Awards.
I have opened shows for the legendary Terry Robb, Ken Hamm, Mississippi Delta Bluesman Terry “Harmonica” Bean, and BC Hall of Fame Inductee Doug Cox among others.
“He’s not just a blues guitar player; he’s a great songwriter, and he’s playing pieces of music by people like Tommy Emmanuel, and Tony McManus, who are two of the finest players in the world, and he is just nailing it. He’s also a phenomenal Celtic guitar player. He blows me away; just a super talented kid. He’s not a show-biz kid. He’s a musician. That’s one of the things I really love about him. No one is pushing him into this. He’s just doing it because he really, really loves to play, and that’s pretty cool.” Doug Cox, Producer
“The young musician does it with style too. It’s not hard to hear why his record caught the ears of the nominating jury, comprised of some of Canada’s leading blues experts…. Among the standout originals on the album is the opening song. Titled Wipe My Weeping Eyes, the song sounds like a long lost classic from the blue’s canon…. It’s quite a complicated piece with some delightful, and unexpected, rhythmic and melodic shifts” Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun
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