Jeff grew up in southeastern Indiana and was raised on rock, country, blues, funk and soul. In 1979 his mom bought him his first guitar and introduced him to the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson while his dad cranked Meryl Haggard, Willie Nelson and other country artists in an old International Truck.
Moving into high school he stumbled on the likes of the 80’s sound and saw his first concert, KISS. Performing in front of those that would watch and listen was inevitable after seeing that spectacle. His first taste of performing live came during high school in a band called Rock Slide.
After graduation he joined the military and during his 8 year career he performed in Seattle, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Europe. Being on the move and not being stationed in one place too long forced him to develop an acoustic show with alternative versions of songs from the radio. During these years of traveling around the songwriter was born.
Upon returning home from the military to Indiana in 1991 Jeff began doing acoustic shows 4 or 5 nights a week. Soon he landed a lead vocalist spot and helped form Maker Hollow which later changed the name to The Hollow. They released their self titled CD in 1998.
After forming a few rock bands including 6 Again, who also released a self title disc, Jeff found himself fronting another country band in 2004. Ridge Runner has continued developing their high energy show and writing music over the years while performing regionally near Jeff’s hometown. While recording 2 releases with Ridge Runner on the SOL Record label Jeff also found time to release his first official solo disc, Love, Lust and Dancin’ in 2012. The slow haunting version of “You’re The One That I Want” was released as a single as well as on video and has been a staple at solo shows.
Currently Jeff is finishing up a new side project called Dirty Water Revival which leans more to a funk rock infused exploration of love, loss and discovery having come out on Oct 21, 2013.
Challenging himself daily, Jeff is constantly writing songs and performing while his fan base is continuing to grow each and every day. Jeff finds he can best express his life, heart and love through music and is very excited to see what the future holds for him!