Guitar, background vocals
Born and raised in a family that was inspired by music, my first encounters
with melody were from my father and mother. Dad was a jazz and Latin music
lover, mom loved pop and Motown. I had relatives that played music and
I soon learned to play guitar and sing for family events.
Rock music came into my life through my older cousins and uncles. I began
to listen to and be inspired by Carlos Santana at 12 years old. Getting
into my teen years, Black Sabbath became a fascination and I spent hours
learning their music and attempted to mimic the voice of Ozzy Osborne
at backyard parties.
I found Christ at the age of 15 at the church my mother attended. But
the clash between faith in Christ and the rocker lifestyle took its toll
on my path and I quit attending church.
As time passed, my passion for playing guitar had me in several local
projects but it wasn’t until I joined up with my old buddies from
high school Robert and Michael Sweet that I had something substantial
come my way. We became successful as the band Stryper and ya’ll
know what happened in that story….
After the break up of Stryper in 1992, I returned to the workforce taking
on a warehouse job in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. One day, to my surprise, Les
Carlsen randomly walked in and I found out that he had moved to the area.
We started hangin’ out together every now and then. A few years
went by and I was asked to go to England for a special event called Meltdown
with Michael Bloodgood and his wife Marilyn. A unique friendship spawned
between all of us.
Eventually Stryper re-united in 2003 and in 2006 Bloodgood was facing
the same path. Michael B. called me to discuss the idea of being a part
of the band. I was honored that they would even consider me. I
had pockets of time around the Stryper schedule so I was able to accept
the request. By that point I had not been a faithful Bloodgood follower
but as I began to learn all the material, I quickly became a huge Bloodgood
fan! My Bloodgood brothers have become a big part of my life now and I
am so looking forward to what the future may hold for us.
Stryper, originally known as Roxx Regime, was formed in Orange County,
California by brothers Michael and Robert Sweet and guitarist Oz Fox.
Stryper stands for Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement
and Righteousness. The Isaiah 53.5 under their logo is the Bible verse
that states “by his stripes we are healed”. The band earned
their stripes on the Los Angeles metal club circuit and in 1984, after
recruiting bass player Tim Gaines, signed with Enigma Records and released
their debut mini-album, The Yellow and Black Attack (Y&BA).
Nearly 30 years later Stryper is still going strong with their latest
release “Second Coming”. For more information check out www.stryper.com.
Oz had always wanted to put together a comprehensive library of video
guitar lessons to help both new and seasoned guitarists learn and hone
their craft. After about 15 months of working on and off between touring
and recording, Oz reached the goal and now offers a video library of over
50 guitar lessons to the world. For more information visit www.sirozacademy.com.
Vinyl Tattoo is a Classic Rock band giving tribute to rock music of the
eras between 1960 and early 1980. This was a time when music was uniquely
influential in our culture. Groups like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led
Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Bad Company, The Who. Black Sabbath and AC/DC became
the life giving energy for so many. The members of Vinyl Tattoo grew up
with this music and it shaped each of the members careers in different
ways, This one of a kind blend of veteran musicians lacks nothing in their
true renditions of masterpieces that most bands would not attempt to perform.
VT will cook up a unique experience that will leave you believing that
Rock n Roll will never die.
For more information visit www.vinyltattoolv.com.