Startup Grew up in Kalamazoo, MI. Started performing at age 3 in a church setting. Then at age 12 began writing and performing R&B/Soul music before finding a passion for musical theater composition and wrote his first musical, DREAM when he was 13. In 2019, his career was launched when he won Tony Nominee Taylor Louderman's WRITE OUT LOUD competition, for his now viral MT tune, "Little Miss Perfect". Since then he has participated in the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project, signed an administration deal with Kobalt Music, and started a youtube channel which now has an audience of almost 25k subscribers and 2 million views.
Memory DREAM: A NEW MUSICAL (2013), UNDERDOG (2015), THE GREEN (2016), SOPHIA, OUR BELOVED (2016), UNTITLED PINOCCHIO PROJECT (2019), LITTLE MISS PERFECT (2020), TWELFTH NIGHT (CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER 2021)
Features Completely self taught|Loves rollerskating|Has a puppy named Malibu|Favorite musical is CAROLINE, OR CHANGE|Favorite musical artist is Chloe X Halle|Disney obsessed|Once got called into the office at age 13 for writing a steamy romance novel in a subject ruled notebook that was passed around the school|