Christian J. Triola holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Jazz Studies) and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from The University of Akron. He has taught guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and piano for over 15 years and has played in a variety of bands in addition to his many solo performances. Outside the world of music, he is the author of six novels and several short pieces, writing under the pen name CN James with his wife, Amy Joy.