CRESSKILL, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Cresskill's Stephen Dadaian.
Dadaian was born on May 3, 1987, and turns 29 on Tuesday
The dentist by day, guitarist by night attended Cresskill High School and graduated from The College of New Jersey, as well as Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
His dentistry practice, Dadaian Dental, is at 100 Union Ave., in Cresskill.
The dentist first became known before he'd even finished college.
Dadaian won first prize in Music Nation's "Slash's Ultimate Guitar Showdown" when he was only 21, beating out more than 2,500 entrants to be chosen by noted guitarist Slash from the band Guns 'N Roses.
He would go on to be a top prize earner in Guitar World's "Shred The Web" competition and opened for the band Third Eye Blind at The College of New Jersey in 2008.
To hear some of Dadaian's music, visit his YouTube channel.