A North Carolinian by way of New York, Nate’s journey as a musician began when he started taking classical piano lessons at the age of 7. As he grew older, Nate desired to shed the restriction of only playing from sheet music and wanted to learn to play by ear. With the help of another teacher he was able to add playing by ear to his arsenal and hasn’t looked back since. His love for jazz music was influenced by his mother who listened to traditional and smooth jazz on the radio during his childhood. George Duke, Brian Culbertson, Oscar Peterson and Marcus Miller are among the artists he most admires. Through those influences, Nate has developed into a talented musician who understands and appreciates the subtle nuances involved in classical symphonic works but can also enjoy a simple pop song with a catchy hook.
What he describes in his personality as “corny” is really a quirky sense of humor and a genuine level of comfort in his own skin. Nevertheless, he takes seriously the responsibility that being part of TSB places on himself and all the members to be examples of strong Black men who are Christians.