While growing up in Central Illinois/North Eastern Missouri, Dustin considered himself to be a “Country Soul Child” listening to all kinds of music from Country, Alternative Grunge, to soulful Rock n Roll. This makes him a well rounded in the music world.
He shadowed his grandmother while she performed country music at Country Jamboree shows, County Fairs, and Country Comes Home shows. He also grew up singing in the church snd his country soulful voice has been compared to Hank Williams Senior, Eric Church, and Sam Smith.
When he was 8, he hit the stage at the Kahoka, MO County Fair, performing Thunder Rolls and Achy Breaky Heart, winning second place for his age group.
During Grade School and High School, Dustin was involved with chorus, music, band, and even played the drums. During High School he was part of the Select Singers Show Choir, performing at Divisional and Regional Championships. Winning many first place ribbons from Solo and Ensemble contests.
After High School he joined the army, taking his keyboard with him as a way of holding on to his music roots.
After his grandmother (his inspiration in music) passed, Dustin became more focused on his dream of becoming an artist, he began writing his own songs, performing his originals and covers at various clubs and festivals.
With his release of his first single “Flawless ” on May 14th, 2017. “Flawless” landed in New Visions Radio Network as the #1 song for 6 weeks. Dustin is now an Official BMI Recording Artist.