Graeme began his interest in music with private piano lessons at 5 years old. Very early on he
showed a disposition toward learning music by ear and formulating his own chord progressions to
write songs. In the third grade his interests branched into drum lessons through the school music
program and in junior high he futher branched out and began to teach himself guitar.
During high school he played guitar with his garage band NFS. He recorded a release, titled
"Consider This", under the moniker GGX. The release consisted mostly of songs played by NFS, but
also contained a couple studio-only tracks. In 1994 Graeme also joined a more established band
Disciple, a Christian rock band which played for church youth groups and events across New York state
and Pennsylvania (not to be confused with the band signed by Columbia records).
As Graeme entered college, he continued to play with Disciple and recorded with the band on
their only release, "Road To Forever". He also began to take an interest in audio production
and digital recording. Graeme recorded projects for several local musicians as well as a second,
unreleased GGX project titled "Garmonbozia" in 1999.
It was about that time that Graeme left college and the members of Disciple moved on to other
things. Graeme began a 4-year career as a long-haul and then regional truck driver. During the early
part of that career he wrote the material that became Revelation Project. That band was originally
formed to play a one-time showcase at the Kingdom Bound music festival at the Darien Lake
amusement park (now Six Flags). After that showcase, several of the band wished to make things more
permanent. So Revelation Project continued with Graeme playing lead guitar. They recorded the tracks
in Graeme's growing home studio and released their self-titled CD in 2005.
During that time Revelation Project had the priviledge of appearing on compilation projects
CPR (Christian Progressive Rock) volumes 1 and 2. The CPR projects included other local artists,
as well as national names such as Neal Morse and Proto Kaw (featuring Kerry Livgren formerly of Kansas).
In late 2006 Revelation Project called it quits, and in 2007 Graeme moved to the Kansas City area,
where he currently resides. He more actively pursued other interests and hobbies until, in November 2011,
he felt compelled to write the song "Unseen Power". Doing so reignited his musical fire and began to embark
on his newest solo project, "Portrait of a Zebra".
As a child, Graeme recalls, his dad often played music from groups such as The Cars, The Police,
Tears For Fears, Genesis, Don Henley, Starship, etc... He also played new age music from Brian Eno and
an eclectic collection of movie soundtracks.
As Graeme grew up he became interested a wide variety of '80s "hair bands". Most influential
among them were more sophisticated groups such as Queensryche and Dream Theater. The latter proved to
be very formative in Graeme's life, opening the door to the world of progressive metal. While
"alternative" was becoming anything but on mainstream radio, Graeme was turning off his radio and
studying other groups of the prog metal genre such as Fates Warning and Shadow Gallery.
While prog and symphonic metal continues to be Graeme's mainstay, listening more recently to
groups such as Redemption, Arena, Sonata Arctica and the Devin Townsend Project, he continues
to draw inspiration from a wide-ranging variety of other styles from the speed metal of Dragonforce
to grunge of Alice In Chains to the brooding electronica of Delirium to the stylings of various classical
composers and classical-sounding movie soundtracks.