By the time he was 19, Becker was on his way to worldwide stardom. Then, after experiencing tingling and weakness in his hands and legs, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and had to say goodbye to a dream job of touring in a well-known band. Now, 25 years later, he is still working, inspiring fans worldwide. He credits a healthy diet, persistent work ethic and close-knit team of family and friends with allowing him to continue to create world-class symphonies. He is a gifted genius whose destiny seems unstoppable.
From Prodigy to the National Stage
Born in 1969, Becker found his first guitar under the Christmas tree at the tender age of 5. His classical guitarist father, Gary, and blues guitarist uncle, Ron, quickly taught him notes and the pentatonic scale. “He got bored with lessons and never came back for lesson number two,” Gary says. “We realized if he could play a song, that was his drive, so we just fed him songs.”