“Life is filled with opportunities to break free from your limits, unlock your potential and turn your big ideas into something extraordinary. I hope that in me sharing the story of my own ideas, it inspires you to pursue your own…”
Born and raised on a farm in outback Australia. While we were pretty isolated back then, one thing we had plenty of was space… space to be creative and be curious and explore.
That’s me on the right with my brother as we made tunnels in the marshmallow plants. It rained a lot that year!
First Music Lesson
With exposure to the piano at a very young age, I had my first official music lesson in 1993 and absolutely loved it. This is a photo of me playing at my Auntie and Uncle’s home in Brisbane in front of my family.
First Ever Song Written
The first song I ever wrote was about making the most of life.
The final verse has stuck with me all these years…
“Follow Your Heart, It Will Take You Where You Want”
Little did I know that this would lead to writing more than 290 songs about the ups and downs of life, including writing songs about (and playing them at) my graduation, grandmother’s funeral, friend’s birthday, sister’s wedding and friend’s funeral who was tragically killed in a car accident.
Music for me has always been about so much more than just music.
As I developed as an artist, I had this big idea of using music as a way of helping people transform their lives. I created my first ever website ‘Music Made With Meaning’, which promoted music that positively impacted people.
Over the next couple of years, artists from around the world joined the site and we had our first ever live shows.
While in the end, the brand wasn’t a success, the idea of using music in a way that positively impacted people’s lives continued burning strong.
A Devastating Moment
I heard a neighbor screaming out one evening and ran over to find that she had just found her son… he’d killed himself earlier that day.
That had a profound impact on me. I realized there are people that need help and asked myself ‘what are you going to do about it?’
At the time, I had just written ‘Close To The Edge’, a song about bullying & suicide.
This was one of the defining moments of my life.
The Commitment To Helping Others
I invested all the time, money and energy I had and went through an intense period of rapid transformational growth. I still remember being in the first training in late November and realizing this was it!
This was the missing link to my big idea of blending music together with helping people transform their lives.
I still had no idea how I was going to make it happen, I just knew I was one step closer.
I started my first coaching business and in the years to come, went on to coach (and still do) many C-Level Executives and Entrepreneurs to turn their big ideas into remarkable results.
Song About Bullying Released
I produced and released ‘Close To The Edge’ on YouTube. It went on to amass more than 2 million views in 195 countries and was used in countless film, music, dance and school projects around the world to help raise awareness of bullying and suicide.
Get Knocked Down… Get Back Up
My long-term relationship came to an end and all of a sudden, the future I thought we had together was gone.
Picking myself up, I asked myself two powerful questions; ‘what do I really want to experience in my life?’ and ‘am I really living?’… my honest answer to that second question was a resounding NO.
I went on a journey of self-discovery. I discovered my love for travel and adventure, going skydiving, canyoning, mountain climbing, white water rafting, rock climbing, rappelling down waterfalls and gliding… it was an epic year!
It was also a remarkable lesson that we all go through challenging periods in our lives. What really matters is how we get back up and learn from it.
Selling Everything I Owned
Wanting to inspire people to unlock their potential at a whole new level, I sold everything I owned and embarked on an 18 month project around the world, using a blend of education, music & film to create positive change.
I wrote new music while living in countries like Costa Rica, Argentina, Hungary & Mexico, produced a weekly video series on how to challenge what’s possible, and released short films blending my music with the natural beauty of our world including this one of Colombia that went on to be seen more than 1 million times and shared more than 30,000 times.
A Life Changing Question
While living in Argentina, I asked myself an extremely powerful question ‘If I died today, what’s the one thing I’ve regretted not doing?’
Immediately, I thought to myself ‘having a grand piano on stage while delivering a talk’. This was an elusive dream I had for many years now, that had always remained just out of reach.
With this new found clarity of purpose, I went to work on making it happen.
In late 2017, that elusive dream became reality when I delivered two experiential talks in Canada to a total of 1400 delegates on how to make a greater impact. I blended education, a grand piano on stage and drone footage that I had captured from around the world to inspire and empower the audience.
Speaking At Italy’s Largest TEDx Event
I was invited to deliver the closing talk at Italy’s largest TEDx event.
What a remarkable experience that was; delivering an experiential talk on stage with a grand piano, and revealing a project that involved people from 40 countries around the world to show how a blend of human curiosity & technology can magnify our creativity, innovation and impact in the world.
Music Video With Artists From 40 Countries Released
The music video for my song ‘There Is Still Time’ is released.
This project involved more than 80 people people from 40 countries around the world to create a music video that would inspire change and show that despite our differences, we are stronger together.
We even transported a grand piano to Garden of the Gods in Colorado at sunrise.
Delivering Keynotes With A Grand Piano On Stage
I’ve loved delivering experiential talks with a grand piano on stage in multiple countries around the world now, inspiring audiences to live more courageous and creative lives.
Filming New Music Videos In Europe
Spent 2 months in Europe recording new music and music videos including songs about unlocking your creative potential, overcoming adversity and stepping up to your next level of excellence.
Get a sneak peak of some of the footage in this short 20 second highlighting my adventures from the past 5 years.
Song About Overcoming Adversity Released
Performed live during keynote engagements, Hold The Power is a story about overcoming adversity during challenging times and was released in late 2019 after filming on location in Southern Spain.
Speaking At The Largest YPO Chapter In The World
I was honored to be a part of YPO Southern 7’s Winter Meeting, creating an extraordinary only in YPO experience for members and spouses in multiple ways over the course of the event.
From delivering the closing keynote with a grand piano on stage, to private executive coaching for members and creating a music video with kids at a local school, this was one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences of my life.
Thank you to Jennifer & John Wozniak, Brent & Blair Beason, Frank & Allison Lott, Todd Gilbert and the entire YPO Southern 7 & Rosewood Mayakoba teams who worked tirelessly to pull off such an extraordinary event.
Song About Unlocking Your Creative Potential Released
I wrote Nothingness on a 150 year old grand piano in an apartment in Budapest, Hungary while rehearsing for my TEDx talk that I delivered in Rome, Italy in 2018.
It was remarkable to film this music video for it in Spain in 2019, perform it live during keynotes and release the music video to the world this year to inspire people to unlock their creative potential.
A Brand New Keynote Experience
For 3 years now, we have been tirelessly working on multiple full length albums with songs about topics ranging from purpose to courage, creativity, overcoming your limits and living a remarkable life.
The first album drops in fall 2022.
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