My approach to music and art has been greatly informed by my upbringing. My mother was a folk singer and songwriter, and my father was a photographer, painter, and visual artist, and though they were not together for the bulk of my childhood, their respective environments shaped and influenced me.
I began playing violin at age seven, which formed the foundation of my musical understanding. I studied theory and was very drawn to classical music and the stage, performing in regional choirs and even opera. Over the years my influences branched out into rock, hip-hop, country, jazz, and electronica. As a teenager, I became very interested in guitar and "rock band" instruments, learning to play whatever I could get my hands on and beginning to write songs. I began performing original music at age sixteen and have done so ever since as a solo artist and with various bands. I am a great lover of the performing arts and have studied acting and film, and have been cast in a number of plays and musicals.
Now, over 1,000 shows and a number of full-length albums later, I continue to perform my music for audiences of all ages and walks of life, on many of the stages my heroes played on, and to create and produce original works in written, sonic, and visual form. It is my belief that music and the arts have the power to heal through the conversations they incite, the emotions they surface, and the perspectives they offer. Thank you for your interest in the short version of my story. If you would like to be part of the long version, signup for my email newsletter. Many blessings. -RDO
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