Touring artist, composer, and humanitarian, Gooding has released over a dozen records, performed more than 900 shows in every state in the Lower 48, and donated shows to 16 military bases. He has helped sonically rebrand CNN, PBS, and A&E, scored commercials for Fortune 500 companies, and placed hundreds of songs in films, TV shows, and videos including Iron Man 2, Criminal Minds, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show.
Raised in Wichita, Kansas, by a classical pianist mother and a rock and roll deejay father, Gooding redefines the phrase "do it yourself." Without major label backing, he has recorded more than 1,000 tracks for his publishing catalog Kingdom 2, built independent label S3 Records, and self-booked many of his band's national gigs through Gooding LLC.
He has been a vegetarian/vegan for 15 years and cites his animal-free diet as a source of the energy needed to power through relentless touring. He is an honorary committee member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which promotes a vegetarian diet, alternatives to animal research, and higher standards of ethics and effectiveness in research. Gooding is also a celebrity ambassador for Operation Hope, with the mission to teach inner-city youth about financial literacy and to make "smart sexy again."
His band built a fan-funded biodiesel touring vehicle that is powered by fry oil and solar panels. Keep your eye out for the big black truck with a little red devil on its side, as there's a good chance the band will be stopping in a city near you in 2014.