Producer Joey was born in a manger in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in a tiny town called Zanesville, Ohio that was named for the historic trailblazer Zane Grey. His family ran a mobile home park, sales, and transport business. As a result, PJ started working at a VERY early age. His family was very involved in religion and he traveled with his family around the Midwest as a sound technician, while his father and sister sang at churches. His father died from a stress-induced heart attack when PJ was only 18 years old. From there on his life became rather interesting, and he attended college at Ohio University (biggest party school in the nation at the time) and The Ohio Center for Broadcasting on his way to a Broadcasting degree. He spent time living in Athens, Cincinnati, and Dayton, Ohio. While in Dayton he interned at Dayton Clear Channel for the rock station 104.7 WTUE. He dabbled in some entrepreneurial work with a pizza shop as a last ditch effort to remain in Ohio. After that fell through, he then packed up all he owned and moved to Florida just in time to experience the worst hurricane season in history. After 6 months of thunderstorms he, again, packed up all he owned and headed west, and he ended up in San Diego with just the clothes on his back and a few dollars in his pocket. He took the first good job he came across, as a Territory Sales Manager for a lumber company. He lived in his car for the better part of 6 months until he could save up enough to get an apartment. When the economy crash of 2008 dissolved the lumber company, he went back to school and landed an internship at Clear Channel San Diego. After a time working in Promotions, Engineering, Traffic Voicing and Producing, and Board Opting, he finally landed a gig as a Producer for The Voice of Merrill show. And that's the rest of the story...
Fun Facts About PJ:
He is a direct relative of the famous Blackwood Brothers gospel group who Elvis said had the biggest influence on his choice to become a singer.
His grandfather "Skeeter" was best friends with the astronaut John Glenn, and spoke on the floor of the Senate TWO times to help get funding to build housing for returning WWII veterans.
PJ's grandmother sang in a beatnik traveling band called, "The Embry Trio," that has records in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
PJ is a fitness nut and once deadlifted 405 pounds while weighing only 144 at the time.
PJ played on a high school basketball team that was ranked #3 in the nation.
PJ's current wife is a knife wielding Puerto Rican, and he has two Siamese cats.
PJ is an avid fisherman that ventures frequently to the nasty San Diego River to catch largemouth bass, while risking stabbings from homeless people.
PJ is currently working his way towards a Masters Degree in Political Science so he can help make the world a better place.......for the children.