As a songwriter and composer, I make regular trips to Nashville, where I compose and produce music with and for independent country artist. Being able to sit behind a guitar or piano to create is what I live and breath for. Currently I am working on a numbers of musical projects through my production company Criya Creek.
I have been playing guitar for over 30years. Born and raised in South Dakota, where the love of music sank in deep at a young age. Music was always playing in the background growing up. I found a love for old jazz and 40's era music. My grandparents were farmers, my grandfather was in a bluegrass band, playing the saw, spoons and mouth harp. I owe him a lot of gratitude for my roots to country music. At the age of 22, I moved to Cleveland to pursue my music, getting my grounding as the guitarist for the all female band Level-C, touring nationally and appearing on MTV.
My love of music production came early in my career, I have had my own personal studio since 2001. I stated with Steinburg, then on to Cakewalk, and now I use Logic Pro exclusively. I find that putting new ears on a project brings a fresh approach to where a song can go, and inspire the artist to craft their song around, taking an idea, a melody and swirling it around the production room.
It is a privilege being able to teach students, to watch them grow, to keep the creative flow going for the future music creators. I have felt the struggle myself when I was just stating out playing guitar. I was 98% self taught by ear, and of course a Mel Bay's chord book, along with random friends of my parents coming over and showing me a riff. It wasn't until I had over 20 years of playing under my belt before I found I should really think about music differently, I went out to search for a great coach/teacher/mentor. We still talk to this day. No matter how fine tuned we are at our craft, there is always something more to grow on.