R.J. Young is a native of Portland, Oregon. He has been playing music since the age of 13 when he got his first guitar. He has always had a passion for American country-rock as well as the progressive rock of many British and American bands. With that passion, R.J. has found a place to link those two genres that he loves. The music he has created on his album "12:34" is art rock with a very strong neo-country/western influence. In 2003, R.J. set out to do something different than anything he had ever heard before. He started recording 20 demos for an album called "Fade". It was to be a melodic, moody and heavily country-flavored instrumental rock album. Whereas "Fade" has yet to be finished, R.J. continued work of the same style in 2010 for the "12:34" project. And now that "12:34" is complete, he has started work on "Fade" again with a sense of purpose and resolve. "12:34" is an instrumental alt. Country album with a strong progressive rock slant. R.J.'s main focus on each track is melody. With his guitar, he cries out complex, haunting and emotional melodies that are hard to forget. R.J. is interested in creating moods and expressing emotions more so than using each song as an exhibition of technique. Many that have heard his music say that it sounds like a score to a dark and modern Western film. Or that it reminds them of the desert. After studying music in college, R.J. played in a couple of rock bands in the 90's Portland rock scene. But R.J.'s true love is musical composition more so than playing in a band. In 1995, he released a CD of his classical/orchestral works. Then in 1997, he released a full length CD named "Tall Tales and Confessions" with the band Bob. In 2000, he released an EP with the band Meridian. Since Meridian's break-up in 2003, R.J. has not played in a band. Then after regaining his musical focus, he rediscovered his love and passion for composition. And so he produced "12:34".