Soutchay Soungpradith was born in Laos on January 8, 1978. With the help of the Grace United Methodist Church, located in Coshocton, Ohio, Soutchay and his family arrived in the U.S. in 1981. Upon graduating from Coshocton High School in 1996, he was awarded a scholarship from the Columbus College of Art & Design where he went on to study illustration. After attending for one year and a half, he ventured off to pursue music. Years later he returned to the field of art and began building a body of work. In 2013 he was nominated for a Chesley Award. His art has been published and is in the hands of recognized collectors. Along with traditional painting he continues to create original songs and performs live with his current band, Dead Mans Dew. He now resides with his wife and two daughters in Westerville, Ohio.