Here is some info from Jim Rea Music,
I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, and have deep roots in the music community. Born into rock-n-roll, guitar was introduced to me around the age of 10. I’ve always been drawn to many different kinds of music and instruments. Bass guitar and drum kit were a natural second choice, and the keyboard quickly followed. Traveling the country after high school, I accepted and embraced the fact that music must be my lifetime goal. I attended Missouri State University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Arts/Music, and completed my Masters Degree in Educational Media Technology in 2009. I began scoring music for film and exploring live performance as a career. This included bluegrass, funk, jazz and many different cover bands. Writing and arranging music is what I enjoy most; composing songs on saxophone, violin, among other instruments. After eight years, I’ve retired from individual teaching at Palen Music Center and am on the road performing with the HillBenders. I also enjoy part-time work at Drury University as chief audio engineer working with countless amateur and professional artist as engineer, producer, and friend.