I wouldn’t consider myself your conventional artist and composer in my background, style, or journey to write and record music.
I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to the United States when I was 22 years old to attend college. After graduating with a BA in Economics, I spent 16 years working for an investment management firm. In 2011, I decided to branch out and explore my artistic and creative abilities and opened my own music publishing company.
From my earliest recollection, I was captivated by the sound of music. I can recall how the melodies, harmonies, and guitar sounds of a song would ring in my head for hours after I first heard them. I remember how I would hear just a small clip of a song and I would sing it over and over until someone could tell me the name of it. The songs would infiltrate my mind and, regrettably, I would drive my friends and family crazy singing them all day long.
While growing up in Sri Lanka, I was influenced by American, British, and Sri Lankan singer/songwriters, bands, and guitarists.
Some of my influences include Paul Simon, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb (of Bee Gees), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (of ABBA), John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (of Beatles), Don Henley and Glen Frey (of Eagles), Clarence Wijewardena, Don Felder, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Carlos Santana.
In my debut album, I drew most of the themes from my beliefs, realizations, and observations over a lifetime. I believe I was privileged to gain a unique perspective on the richness of humanity as the two halves of my life were lived in two different continents among two different societies.