I am a full time musician, born and raised in New York, currently living in L.A. I also spend time writing in Nashville.

Logging in over a thousand live shows locally, I got my first real taste of the industry with the band Boystown. We signed a single deal in England with EMI, toured and recorded an album. My second break was a big one. I was lead guitarist/co-writer in the band Coward. In 1995, after only 6 months of playing around Manhattan, we managed to create a bidding war, and ended up signing a record deal with Elektra records. Shortly after signing the record deal, we signed a publishing deal with Warner-Chappel. We recorded our album in some of the world's best studios (Bearsville, Conway, Sear Sound) co-producing it with the late Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41, Rancid, Butch Walker), engineered by Sean O’Dwyer. The Coward record came out in 1996; we made a video, appeared on MTV, and toured (mainly with labelmates Third Eye Blind).

After Coward, I moved to California. I played lead guitar and was Musical Director for Capitol recording artist Tommy Henriksen. The first single placed in the motion picture "Blast From the Past." After Tommy, I played guitar for Capitol recording artist Meredith Brooks ("I'm a Bitch").The band was massive: Herman Matthews on Drums (Tom Jones, Tower of Power, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx), Will Hollis on keys (currently playing in the Eagles, Don Henley), Mark Meadows on bass (Edgar Winter, John Waite). It was with Meredith that I got to fulfill one of my childhood dreams, playing Madison Square Garden. We opened for the Eurythmics.Also played the Staples Center, did a bunch of TV shows (Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, Queen Latifah, Martin Short).We toured around the US and Europe.

After that, I have been staying busy, writing, producing, and performing. Recently I have been working on my solo album, due out in the fall of 2015. I have also been touring with the legendary rock group The Babys, who have recently reformed and have since released a new album and a new single which was written by me. The single is called "I See You There".

Artists I’ve Performed With Or Shared A Stage With:

THE BABYS Don Henley Paul Stanley Bryan Adams John Mellencamp
Hall and Oates Third Eye Blind Louis Prima Jr. Queen Latifah
Tommy Shaw (Styx) Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) The Eurythmics Collective Soul
Barenaked Ladies NSync Johnny Gale John Entwistle (the Who)
Tico Torres (Bon Jovi drummer) Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken) Cherie Currie (the Runaways)

Movie/Video /TV Appearances:

Major Motion Picture “Across the Universe” (guitar player on rooftop) Tonight Show With Jay Leno (guitarist for Meredith Brooks)……(Twice)
Rosie O Donnell show (guitarist for Meredith Brooks) Queen Latifah show (guitarist for Meredith Brooks)
Martin Short show (guitarist for Meredith Brooks) Hard Rock Live on VH1 (guitarist for Meredith Brooks)
Mike Bullard show in Toronto Canada (guitar for Meredith Brooks) Top of the Pops (Germany, guitar for Meredith Brooks)
MTV Oddville (with Coward)


TV/Film Placements (Songs and Episodes available on request):

"Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader" film, due out August 2012
Produced by Roger Corman, 8 songs placed (titles upon request)
Major Motion Picture - “Daddy Day Camp” T.V. Movie - “Legally Blondes”
Ghost Whisperer Everwood What About Brian
The Hills Threshold Next (MTV)
Brothers & Sisters Gossip Girl All My Children
Las Vegas Men In Trees CMT Cribs


Music Videos:

Coward “I Don’t Care”
Elektra Records

Meredith Brooks “Lay Down”
Capitol Records

Tommy Henriksen “I See the Sun”
Capitol Records

THE BABYS "I See You There"

JOEY SYKES "Everything Must Go"

JOEY SYKES "That's American Life"

JOEY SYKES "Take Me Someplace Else"


Nashville Collaborators:

Here is a list of songwriters that I work with in Nashville.
Marcel Jessica Andrews Don Rollins Chris Dubois Rebecca Lynn Howard Marty Dodson
Tommy Lee James James Otto James Slater Angie Broberg Kelly Archer Dillon Dixon
Marcia Ramirez Noah Gorgon Greg Johnson Deanna Harper Clay Mills Kevin Brinsfield
Neal Coty Paul Taylor Tammy Jacobs Paul Umbach Scot Sax Michael Garvin
Charlie Midnight Jody Gray Danny Simpson Lisa Hentrich Kelly Keagy The Harters
Scott Harter Rachel Williams Britt Savage Keith Follese Mike Mobley Buck Johnson
Alison Joy Williams Brian Desveux Bryan Wayne Jon Henderson Trevor Rosen Steve Azar
Michael Davey Dave Brainard Jim McCormick Dylan Altman Nathan Barlowe Gary Corbett
Casey Stark Jamie Floyd Jason Eustice Jennifer Adan Jan Buckingham Kara Mcnealy
Greg Friia John Goodwin Chris Cavanagh Maile Maisson Jane Deare Girls Paula Winger
Kevin Savigar Nicole Galyon Kris Bergsness Brandon Jane Mark Adam Steve Walsh
Katy Blake Vanessa Reeves

Other Collaborators:
Tommy Henriksen Dezmond Meeks Frankee Razor Donny Anderson Alessia Guarnera Facundo Monty
Fabrizio Grossi Shep Goodman Dan Lavery Dave Polemeni Gordon Brown Jeff Pilson
Kim Gold Loren Gold Kevin Fisher Johnny Gale Will Hollis Saul Zonana
Derry Grehen (Honeymoon Suite)

Artist Production/Management:
  • Coward (Elektra Records, Co-Production)
  • Dezmond Meeks (Management [SONG SEVEN MEDIA], Production, Musical Director)
  • Frankee Razor (Production, Musical Director)
  • Natural (BMG Records Germany, Producer)
  • Noah Jay (Artist Manager Production)

Performed In These Countries:

United States, England, Canada, Germany, Spain, Switzerland



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