Toronto Blues Singer 1
This Toronto Blues Singer was born in Toronto. He began his musical career at the age of three, mimicking his older sister on piano. His mother was an opera singer/piano player and his father was a singer/church soloist. He continued with classical Conservatory piano lessons until the age of 12 and then picked up his first guitar. Through junior high and high school he also played Trombone, Tuba and Bass guitar in various school stage bands.
He began his professional music career at the age of 15, playing guitar with a Toronto Punk band named The Swollen Members (Yes!! The original ones!!). His first live gig was in the Horseshoe Tavern, followed by several “underground gigs” at places such as the Turning Point, Shock Theatre and Ontario College of Arts.
Toronto Blues Singer performances
During the early 80s, this Toronto Blues Singer worked and traveled western Canada for 4 years, playing gigs with various musicians throughout Calgary, the BC interior and Vancouver. He then returned to Toronto, became a recording artist and played live with various “cover bands” over 20 years at such venues as The Diamond Club, Montreal Bistro, Downtown Browns, Down Under, Centre Island, The Place and Molly Blooms.
“In 2008 I knew it was time to hit the studio and put my thoughts and experiences into my style of “progressive” blues. I’ve always been influenced by the music and guitar playing of individuals such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Robert Johnson, Randy Bachman, Jeff Healey and David Gilmour.” This Toronto Blues Singer has assembled an “ammunition” of performers to suit each venue and adapts each performance from a raw 4 piece to an orchestration of players.
Toronto Blues Singer single
This Toronto Blues Singer released a new single / video entitled “Best Friend’s Gone Away”. Their first CD entitled “One Direction” was released (along with a single entitled “Give Me Your Love” at Hugh’s Room (Toronto) and internationally in the month of June, 2010. He has since performed at such venues as Monarchs Pub, The Mod Club, The Opera House, Riverside Park and Sticky Fingers.
He continues to record with a variety of musicians and plans to release another full-length CD entitled “Texas Drivin’ Blues in 2015. This Toronto Blues Singer also engineers, produces, publishes and provides a mobile recording service.