Born a native Texan, Jack has always had a penchant for adventure, the unknown, and discovery. He has spent the last 38 years on this planet seeking new adventures, working jobs in multiple industries, and building a base of wisdom and emotional intelligence which he says is his “most valuable resource” when writing music, whether it be to picture, for a game, or for the concert stage.

Some of the careers Jack has delved into in his life could have been ripped from the pages of a bestselling fiction novel, ranging from working as First Mate on an 84′ Ketch Sailing Yacht in the charter circuit of the Northern Caribbean, to driving boats and maintaining facilities at a small beach resort, to opening the Northern Caribbean’s first Rum Bar, which opened with nearly 100 different rums in stock, a small list of hand crafted, classic-cocktail inspired house specialties, and has since grown to nearly 250 rums from around the world. He has worked in the tech industry for Apple, in manufacturing as a quality manager, implementing ISO Standardized procedures and practices. He’s waited tables, tended bar, worked as a stagehand for Anheuser-Busch Parks, As a stage manager for one of San Antonio’s largest Auditoriums, and performed in parades and shows at Walt Disney World. He views entertainment and customer service as one concept–that of providing satisfaction and delight to people who have paid for just that.

Since he was 4 years old and began taking piano lessons, friends, family, relatives, and even strangers and some passers by have commented on his talent and musicality. He grew up in a musical household, performing with his immediate family in their church orchestra every holiday season, and singing in the choir the rest of the year. He continued to study piano through high school and his first few years at University, and even though he had been awarded Music scholarships, his focus was primarily on theater at that time. With music all around him, presenting itself as his calling his whole life, he had turned a blind eye to it, chasing one interest or another until 2016.

In the summer of that year, he accepted a position teaching Music for a Montessori School, and finally his eyes began to open to what his true passion was. His passion for music was contagious, and the children at the school excelled in their study of music under his tutelage. He had built a studio of private students, was teaching for the Montessori school, and was in talks with the local community college for a part time position there as well, when the gamut fell. There is a price to pay for living in paradise, and that price was charged as the most powerful hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the world to date. On September 6th, 2017, Hurricane Irma slowly plodded her way right over the top of Jack’s perfect island paradise, forever changing him, the island of Tortola, and the world.

Locked in the innermost room of his concrete block apartment with his cat and his mother, Jack spent the 12 grueling hours of 185mph sustained winds, gusts of over 300mph, multiple feet of rainfall, and the most deafening roar he has ever experienced trying to distract himself and his mother from the cacophony outside: tiles being ripped off their mastic and shattering as they were slung into the retaining wall behind the building, glass and debris following suit; cars being smashed into other vehicles, or rolled down the mountain like they were toys. The contents of his apartment evacuating through the blown out back door into the breezeway behind it, The shuddering of the building trying to lift off the ground, the creaking rebar and steel anchors groaning in protest, boats being smashed into each other and rolled over 3-4 times before being left unrecognizable on land as far up the mountain as the storm surge had pushed the layer of sargasso weed on first impact.

When Hell receded from the place, the residents of Tortola slowly began to emerge from the wreckage to find that nothing had escaped the wrath of the storm. No building, no vehicle, no person in the path of that storm was left unchanged; everywhere was broken.

Now, this storm was devastating in so many ways. Nearly $80 billion of damage done from Barbados to Florida, Saint Martin and Tortola having taken the brunt of the eyewall of the storm, and the loss of 134 lives was bad enough, but those that survived weren’t through the toughest parts yet. Tortola did not regain electricity after this storm for 5 months in general, and 8 months in some remote areas. Gasoline and Grocery prices skyrocketed as price gouging began, riots and mobs started to break out as civil unrest was at an all time high. 5 Days after the storm had passed, Jack, his mother, and his cat Vincent were evacuated by the Red Cross to Puerto Rico, where they spent two nights in a hotel in shock still, and nervously watching Hurricane Maria approaching.

This event, though it spanned only a few days of Jack’s life, impacted it more than any other single event in his past. But as Walt Disney taught us all, there is always something positive that emerges from such horrible events as this. And for Jack, it meant returning to civilization, to academia, to his unfinished Bachelor degree, and the beginning of the journey that eventually lead to him, at the ripe young age of 38, finally figuring out what he wanted to be when he grows up.