Academic bona fides: I went to Milton Academy, then Yale for a degree in English, and then I came back to Boston to get a master’s from New England Conservatory.
In a previous life: I led a band for several years that played my original music. I worked at WGBH Radio for a program called Sound & Spirit. I moved to New York for a while, made music, loved it and moved back.
Hobbies: I started taking tennis lessons when I was 6, and I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve been throwing pottery on a wheel for two years now, and it’s my latest passion, along with The New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle.
In the kitchen: I make a mean apple pie.
Best feature: My voice—sexy, mellifluous—or so I’ve been told.
Celebrity crush: Idris Elba.
Craziest thing you ever did for love (or lust): I wrote a love song for someone.
Could you date someone who wasn’t creative: Yes. I enjoy men with an analytical mind.
Deal breaker: Someone who likes the sound of his own voice too much.
Lasting legacy: At Yale, I was a founding member of a vocal group called Shades that sings music of the African diaspora. It’s now a 30-year-old institution that fosters understanding, unity and inspiration in the young kids who sing in it, as well as audiences throughout the world.
The most romantic thing in the world: Recently, I discovered a cache of love letters my father wrote to my mother in college. So romantic. For me, the tender words people venture to share with each other are precious.
BACHELORS and BACHELORETTES: Hayley | Mark | Josh | Casey | Caitlin | Jordi | Claudiane | James | Christina | Sam | Matt | Titi | Caroline | Kitzner | Elizabeth | Garrett | Michael | Alex | Chrissy | Derek