My job as an artist educator is to combine two decades of experience in writing, recording, performance, collaboration, artistic philosophy & technique, band leading and entrepreneurship with my passion for teaching others. Over the past ten years I have worked closely with students to help them find their distinct artistic voices, patiently guiding each artist from the earliest stages of opening one’s own imagination, to the final presentation of a well-crafted product of expression, be it on the page or on the stage.
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My own artistic genesis began as a teenager, so there is a very intuitive process that takes place when I work alongside young people who are at a similar stage in life. My motivation for teaching young people the arts stems from my personal experience with art being both marginalized in school and also being the single most powerful element of change and empowerment. Being Mixed/Multiracial helped to lead me on a lifelong quest to explore my identity at a young age, and art (and more specifically, music) have helped me process and understand that identity. When I create works of art about meaningful things and then share it with others, I can simultaneously celebrate who I am and learn more about myself and others around me.
At age fifteen I committed to the craft of being an emcee, dedicating myself to mastering the craft of writing and performing rap songs. Since then, I have toured North America and Western Europe extensively, played hundreds of concerts as a frontman and lead vocalist, as well as a backing vocalist for MN-based hip hop acts Eyedea & Abilities and Atmosphere. I have recorded and released over twenty albums with various hip-hop groups, as well as a folk/Americana band that I co-lead as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. My current projects include Kill The Vultures and Mixed Blood Majority.