After playing solo folk & blues in his home town of Denver, Denis moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he played in the The Rough Riders bluegrass band, and various rock & blues cover bands. Larger venues included The Fillmore, Bimbos, and the Haight Street Fair. Currently, Denis enjoys songwriting and has received awards and commendations from American Songwriter Magazine, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), West Coast Songwriters and UNISONG. His heartfelt and sometimes raw original songs have been licensed to Nashville publishers, Film & TV, theater, and to a statewide not-for-profit organization benefiting abused and neglected children in the foster care system for production of a volunteer recruitment and fundraising music video.