Known as “the singer” of an all-musical family, he originally taught himself to play guitar at age 14, simply to keep up with his four siblings, all of whom were musicians. But his love of playing didn’t stop at guitar, and he also decided to pick up the drums and piano as well. By the time he was a high-school senior he was writing songs & playing whatever musical instruments he could get his hands on.
Joel studied at West Texas A&M University, and he began to lead worship for student ministries and churches in the area. Over the last 12 years as a worship leader in Texas, he has released three independent albums. All of these albums featured the rock and worship styles that he grew up with, but as he continued to progress, his music began to mature and he began to create songs that leaned more toward the contemporary & pop genres.
His label debut EP, Kinetic showed Joel in a whole new light garnering his first top 20 Billboard Christian Hot AC / CHR single for “Wide Awake”. His sophomore release, Surrender earned another top 20 bilboard single for his song "As You Are" and shows an even more evolved sound — with deeper lyrics, soaring vocals, and haunting melodies.