I began singing when I was 14. Back in junior high school I joined a group of friends that had a band called Vitus Pike. I became the lead singer. As I stood there on the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club stage with my hands in my pockets, we played covers by David Bowie, Kiss and Deep Purple. Soon after I began learning to play the guitar from my good friend Tim Shea, whose father taught guitar at the local music store.