As a boy I loved singing and banging on pots and pans to make "music" while listening to 2 pac, Jay Z, Linkin Park, Michael Jackson, Coldplay and Destiny's Child. Their musical sound and style was so different from each other but all of them spoke to me. I knew I was different very early on in my life. From the cartoons I watched, to my music preferences and performances, to my sexuality. It seemed most of the things that made me who I am also made me stand out, and made it harder for me to be accepted by my peers. I grew up afraid of who I was becoming and what felt true to me as a person. The only time I felt safe was when I sang and danced along with my radio. Music was the only thing that made me feel better about being myself. I loved every minute I spent singing and dancing with each of the performers I followed. I knew I wanted to be a musician and performer too but I couldn't find anyone similar to myself. There was Elton John and the great Sylvester, two very ground breaking, openly gay, and truly inspirational performers, but I couldn't relate to their music. More than anything else I, like most all humans, desire connection and the biggest way I connect is through music. But I wanted more from music; I wanted a different sound, something I hadn't heard before. I wanted to fuse Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Rock and Electronica music with Soul. I wanted to tell stories, and give people a sense of hope and a space to express who they are as individuals. I wanted to make a space for other kids who struggled as I did to be free and unafraid to become who they are and love who they are because I didn't have that space growing up. Through music I was able to come to a clearer understanding of myself but I couldn't find an openly gay singer in the genres that I loved. So I decided to break the barriers and restrictions I had allowed others to place on me and just be myself. A process I began with "Transforming: The Revolution," and that continues with the forthcoming album "Transforming: The Consumation." Music allowed me to become who I am as a person. It gave me the strength and courage to face the world while being the best self I can be. I still face hardships to this day. Throughout the creation of the "Transforming" series, I have been told that I shouldn't talk about my sexuality. I have been told that I "should just be a musician" and "it should just be about the music." For me there is no difference; I am a musician, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a gay man, I am a friend and so much more beyond these few parts that make me as human as you. My goal is to Transform myself into excellence while embracing and loving everything about who I am. I want to share that journey with the world in the hope that someone else who may be feeling scared like I did will find the strength and courage to be themselves. I'm very proud of the man I've become. It is an honor to present you my soul, my heart and my art.