Growing up, I never really had a stable home. I was born in Bellville, IL and for a large part of my early childhood, my family would become nomads, shifting from home to home. Eventually, my family claimed Mississippi as our new home but didn’t seem to let the nomad spirit escape us as we lived in many different cities. We finally settled on the city that would spark my musical inspiration, Saltillo, MS. Though my family was always musically inclined and passed time by singing and playing instruments, I officially began learning and growing in music through the school band program. Here, I would develop a deep passion for Jazz and Blues music and spent nearly every day learning these styles. In my junior year, my mother explained to me that we would be moving yet again and to another state. It was a challenge for me as all of my musical passion seemed to have been killed. Though tough, I understood the necessity and we claimed home in Jackson, TN. Here, I would graduate high school and attend college at Union University in Jackson where I would study Political Science. After a semester at Union, my passions began igniting. I needed to be involved in music somehow and switching my major seemed impossible. I was at a loss until Tremayne Johnson called me. He explained that he was a music director with the Bethel University Renaissance Program and he was offering me a scholarship to play music in his drum line, an offer I quickly accepted. Attending Bethel University, I made many friends, pledged Phi Mu Alpha, and grew musically beyond any limit I assumed I could reach. It was also here that I met Noah Schackelford as we were co-captains in the programs’ drum line. During a one-on-one practice, Noah and I developed an idea to start a band alongside another bandmate, Joseph and another fraternity brother, Dalton, and this, we did. We called it “The Lounge” and it lasted a little while. I never intended to leave the band but Uncle Sam was desperately tugging at my heart so, against better judgement, I left college and joined the United States Marine Corps. This experience developed my maturity and forced me to grow as a man. Unfortunately, with the stress of everything leading to my current situation, i developed a serious struggle mentally and was diagnosed with chronic depression and Anxiety with dissociative episodes. This struggle was seriously effecting my life and, many times, almost calmed it. During this struggle, I met Cade Dorsch and Ryan Grimm, two Marines who would personally pushed me to reconnect with my music. They were convinced that i needed to reconnect to music as it seemed to be what was missing in my life. They were absolutely right. I began writing many songs and eventually reconnected with Noah. I was discharged from the Marine Corps and was working for Black Box, a private security company, when I decided that i was ready to quit running from destiny. I asked him if he would like to start the band again and he told me to move to Milan, TN to do so. It was here that Noah and I reconnected with Joseph and introduced me to Andre, creating Early Parade. And, well, you see where we wound up. A risky leap of faith turned out to be my life’s biggest success.
Born and raised in Milan, Tennessee, I was thankful to have gotten to experience music at a young age. I remember some of my first memories discovering instruments and learning to sing, and they have truly stuck with me over the years. Through the inspiration of many of my family members, I was always adamant in finding my own place in the world of music. As a child, my grandfather would let me play along on pots and pans while he practiced his guitar set for a show. He always told me that I should learn to play the drums. So I did. As I matured, so did my interest in challenging myself as a musician. I joined the band program in school, performed with local groups, started writing my own music, and eventually went off to college to pursue the craft. Throughout college at Bethel University I was able to receive once in a lifetime performing opportunities, as well as start recording my own music and publishing it. After discovering my band mates and becoming life-long friends, making music with them has changed my life. I am excited and humbled to be able to do what we do. It has always been about the music. It has always been about changing people’s lives. It is my hope that our music can change yours too.
Hailing from Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, I grew up loving music with particular interest in The Beatles. Seeing George Harrison play his guitar in many live videos I found on YouTube made me want to pick one up and learn to play. Once I got into high school, I made some friends who played music and we started a small band. The feeling I got doing that made me realize I always wanted to do this. I went to college for music education and met my other band mates which led Rock, Noah, and our friend Dalton to create a band called “The Lounge.” In that band, we made great strives in our musical endeavors. In the winter of 2020 I left college and went back home to “be an adult” and get a “real job”. In late 2021, I decided I needed change in my life and moved to Jackson, Tennessee. That’s when I reconnected with Noah and Rock and they asked me to restart a new band with deeper intent and I couldn’t resist the offer.
I’m from Lexington Tennessee. I was primarily into sports until I was 11, when I decided to switch it up and try music. I joined the school band at Lexington Middle School and fell in love with music. From then on out, I kept playing music as well as sports, playing in the school band and in church. It wasn’t until I got to college where I decided to completely devote my life to music. While I was at Bethel University I met Joseph and Noah. They told me about their band and asked me to play bass for them. Unfortunately, it was towards the end times of the band so I didn’t play any of the gigs or recordings. After that, we parted ways and I left school to go work full time. About 5 years later Joseph reached out to me to see if I was still playing music and would be interested in joining the group. I was absolutely stoked to be back in the group creating music and doing what I love.