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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MUSICAL BACKGROUND

Q - WHAT AGE DID YOU START INTO MUSIC?
A - I began with piano when I was around five or six years old. At age seven I start guitar lessons.  My dad started giving me drum lessons around the same time; He was a fairly experienced drummer growing up. From an early age my parents had my brother, sister, and I involved in church choirs. Through my experience with the church choir, I met, voice teacher, Terence Goff beginning my formal voice training. From there, one thing led to another.
 
Q - WHAT TYPE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS DO YOU PLAY?
A -I play guitar, drums, piano, and sing. Piano was the first instrument I started training in, then I started teaching myself guitar, and then my father started teaching me a bit of drums. Although I started singing at an early age, I began my formal study of singing around eight years old.
 
Q- WHAT HAS INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN SINGING?
A- Well, my parents were a huge support from the beginning, of course. But my voice teacher, Terence Goff, just happened to be an opera singer and so my training was pushed in that direction. No complaints here!

Q- DID YOU STUDY SINGING IN SCHOOL?
A- While I was still in High School, I made the decision to pursue a future in singing. I've received a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and at present I'm finishing a Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School here in New York City.

Q- HOW OFTEN DO YOU PRACTICE?
A- Haha well, as I've been told by my teachers... If you have the time to ask yourself, "should I be practicing?" then you should be!! lol I'd say about 3 hours a day including studying music.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS (CLICK TO OPEN)

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
A - Blue! :-)

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
A - Hmmmm well, I love food in general. I always say, you should try something at least once... But my favorite food is breakfast food! I can eat eggs, waffles, and pancakes three times a day!

Q - WHAT IS ON YOUR IPOD?
A - Well, the short answer is, A LOT! A lot of different kind of music. Right now, it’s mostly listening to Irish Music which is very much a part of my life and heritage! ;-)

Q - WHAT DO YOU DO FOR 'FUN'?
A - Fitness is a fairly big part of my life. So i consider exercise to be a bit of fun. Other then that, following sport is a great time and I'm always looking for a new book to read!

Q- DO YOU SUFFER FROM STAGE FRIGHT?
A- It's not really 'Stage Fright', as much as it's about being nervous. As with many performers, there are many things that go through your mind just before going on stage. Such as, Will I remember all my lines? Will I remember all the choreography? How will the audience react to the performance? I feel Performers 'should' have a certain level of nervousness before going on stage. It keeps us on our toes and at the top of our game to offer you the best possible musical experience possible.

Q- WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU'RE HOME?
A- There are a load of different things I enjoy. Obviously, catching up with family is a must. Trying to get back to the gym ;-). But really I just like to hang about with the friends, which could mean a lot of things. Could be surfing, seeing an opera, a quick bite, or maybe hanging at the local pub... being very responsible of course, causing no trouble ;-)

Q- WHAT TV SHOWS ARE YOU INTO?
A- Well right now I'm eagerly waiting for the next season of "Newsroom." I love that show. Im also very much into "Psych," its a good bit of comedy. Through the advisement of friends, I'm about to begin the "Homeland" series. Although I've been told it'll hook ya so I'm trying to wait until i have a bit more free time.

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE 'BUZZ' WORD?
A - Warm- perfect temperature and the word makes me feel cozy!

Q - WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE WORD?
A - Failure! - Keeping a positive mind and body and surrounding yourself with positives will bring you success. Success can be achieved in many avenues, whether it be being healthy, a loving relationship or financial success. I am a firm believer that you get back ten folds what you give out, so I am a firm believer in Karma.

Q - WHAT IS A 'TURN-ON' FOR YOU?
A - Positive thinking. When people are positive, it makes for great conversation!

Q - WHAT IS A 'TURN-OFF' FOR YOU?
A - Gossip, nuff said!

Q - WHAT SOUND DO YOU LOVE?
A - Rain falling through the trees- Listening to a gentle rainfall brings me a lot of peace and a cheap way to shower. ;)

Q - WHAT SOUND DO YOU DISLIKE?
A - People crying- make me want to just fix whatever is upsetting them.

Q - WHAT PROFESSION OTHER THAN YOURS WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEMPT?
A - Stage and movie acting.

Q - WHAT PROFESSION WOULD YOU NOT LIKE TO DO?
A - Being the Producer of Celtic Thunder! Sharon Browne does an amazing job with Celtic Thunder and brings a different and exciting show for everyone each year, how does she do it?!

Q - WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIVE?
A - I have so many influential people in my life from my parents, sister, voice coach... But I'd have to say my older brother. He supports me in whatever I do. He teaches me about life and has always been there to give me a, "brotherly," smack in the right direction, whenever I need it.

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
A - My favorite color is Blue.

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY?
A - Morning- love to get up and hit the waves...

Q - WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
A - Well I love standup comedy! Mich Thomas is such a brilliant comedian. I will have the privilege of joining him on the Celtic Thunder Cruise in November, so if you get a chance to see him in person, it will be well worth it!  My parents definitely make me laugh from time to time, whether they mean to or not ;-)

Q - WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT THE WORLD?
A - I am a United States Citizen, born and raised, and grateful each day of the rights that I have, but saddens me that others in many countries do not get to experience the natural human rights that I have. Humanity has come a very long way, but we have so much yet to achieve.

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK THAT YOU HAVE EVER READ?
A - Fifty shades of Grey.  :)

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
A - Oof, this is hard; I'm definitely a movie buff. But a few are "The Green Mile," Star Wars in general, "Back to the Future," "Gladiator," "Brave heart"... The list goes on...

Q - WHAT BAD HABITS DO YOU HAVE?
A - Cracking my knuckles.

Q - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME?
A - Now THAT doesn't exist... I have so many favorites in different genres. From opera, to country, it's impossible to pick a favorite. My iPod would be mad at me...

Q - NAME 1 THING THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
A - Every time I open a Snapple I HAVE to read the "Snapple fact".

Q - WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES?
A - "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."- Oscar Wilde
A - "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."- Dr. Seuss

 

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