"I never thought I would be a songwriter, It wasn't planned. Some years ago, I had a mentor who became terminally ill. After he passed away, I dreamt about him: he was sitting on a park bench, with his arms outstretched, waiting for me to hug him. Before he died, we'd had a terrible fight and unfortunately never got a chance to resolve our differences in life. I knew from this dream that he had forgiven me. While we hugged, he hummed a beautiful, dissonant melody. When I woke up the next morning, I couldn't get it out of my head. Sitting down at the piano to play it out, I knew that I was writing my first song. Later, it became "Cautiously Optimistic.'' Since then, I haven't been able to think about doing anything else with my life. I am grateful every day for this newfound passion I have for making music. I hope you enjoy these songs. They are very special to me, and I am beyond thrilled that they have been given a chance to be truly realized."