- Birthday: January 14th (Capricorn)
- Favorite movie: They Call Me Bruce. (“I can recite every line.”)
- Favorite food: Steak
- Nickname: “Deadly Smedley”
- Favorite saying: “METAL LIVES!!!”
- Influences as a drummer: Deen Castronovo, Bill Ward, Mitch Mitchell, Nicko McBrain, Vinnie Paul, Gene Hoglan, and Scott Rockenfield
- Religion: Christian
“My mother was always very supportive of my (and my brother’s) passion to play music. It is because of her support and self sacrifice, as well as my grandparents on her side, that I am able to live my dream.
“I began playing music at the age of 7. Originally I started with piano and soon found my true calling in drums and percussion. I took many years of drum lessons and played in high school band from grades 9 thru 12 playing in Jazz band, symphonic band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and concert band.
“I have been performing live since the age of 15 and recording since the age of 17. Other bands I have played in include Noble Savage, Mother Load, and Odyssey. I have also performed in a Polka, Steel drum, Jazz, wedding, Top 40, and symphonic bands professionally. I knew that I wanted to play Heavy Metal after seeing Iron Maiden (my favorite band) on the Piece of Mind tour.
“Other albums of note that I have played on Oracle “As Darkness Reigns” on Massacre records (1993), Silent Scream “Bow Down and Pray” on XYZ records (1998), Tempest Reign “Catastrophic” independent 2007.
“I thank you all for your support of Iced Earth and Heavy Metal and hope to see you on the road!”