Finalist on the thirteenth season of Fox's acclaimed reality competition series American Idol. He finished in third place.
He was 12 years old when he wrote his first song called "Fish Food." In high school, he played guitar in a jazz band as well as percussion in concert and in the marching band.
He formed a band with some friends called Undertow before graduating high school.
He is from Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. His cousin is country singer Jo Dee Messina.
He won a radio station competition called Open For MixFest which provided him the opportunity to open for top artists, including Gavin DeGraw, Backstreet Boys, and Of Monsters and Men.