Music has always been a huge part of my life. I began learning to play the piano when I was six years old. My parents weren’t musical themselves but they saw the value of having my sister and I learn an instrument. I can’t thank them enough! Studying classical piano for those 10 years definitely opened up many doors for me. As the years went by, I picked up the trombone and guitar, playing in my school’s concert and jazz bands, many personal Rock bands and even the Niagara Youth Orchestra.
[Fun Fact: Growing up my favourite piece to play on piano was Sonata in A by Friedrich Kuhlau].
When it came time to choosing a life path, funny enough though, I actually headed down the road to becoming an engineer (like math and science engineer, not audio engineer). However, after a few years I knew that I had to make music more than a hobby or I might never be happy. So, after a yearlong audio production program at the Harris Institute, I got hooked up with a music publishing company in Toronto called Bedtracks. Over the course of a 6-month internship I began learning the ropes there, writing music for T.V. shows, documentaries and advertisements. The internship was a stepping-stone from which I dove headfirst into a career as a music composer.
At some point around 2016, I realized that I had all of this music that I’d written and was proud of but had no way to share it with the world. So, initially, ‘Music Within’ was born as an avenue to share some of my work; kind of like a portfolio of albums. Those first albums showcase my favourite compositions in some of the different styles that I’ve written in:
‘Ripple of Time’ – Classical Piano & Strings
‘Awaken’ – Ambient
‘Endless Stories’ – Light Cinematic
‘Places I’ve Never Been’ – Folk & Acoustic
Over time ‘Music Within’ has evolved into more than just a portfolio of my compositions made for media. Now in addition to that, it’s also another artistic outlet for me to use to write music just for music’s sake. My newest album ‘Finding Stillness’ is a good example of this. It wasn’t written so much with visuals in mind, as with an aim to help people find some quiet and calm in this fast-paced, stressful world – a soft reminder to slow down.
Have a listen! I hope you can find the same kind of peace in listening to ‘Finding Stillness’ that I did in making it.