After graduating from high school, he performed as a member of the pop rock band Don't Sigh Daisy. Though the band enjoyed success opening for Switchfoot and Young the Giant, they eventually broke up.
After almost losing his sister in a terrible car accident, he abandoned his music career and earned his CNA license. He later began working at St. Vincent's Hospital.
His father plays guitar and is a high school drama teacher. He and his sister grew up doing musical theatre.