I picked up the guitar at the age of 15. Watching Prince’s „Sign O’ The Times“ movie changed everything. I tried to build my own „Cloud Guitar“ (unsuccessfully) and, more importantly, spent the last year in high school studying the styles of several classic RnB and Jazz players. At the age of 18, I began studying Jazz & Classical guitar at the conservatory in Dresden, Germany. Hearing Hiram Bullock playing on Carla Bley's "Sextet" album made me trade in my Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor for a Strat. I continued for 2 years at "Hogeschool voor Muziek En Dans" in Rotterdam and started to write tunes and put together my own bands. Eventually I moved back from the Netherlands and the next revelation came in form of some trips to New York, where I soaked up the Funk- and Blues-flavored playing and in-your-face-attitude of the bands on Bleecker and MacDougal Street. Night after night, I witnessed some memorable Hiram Bullock shows and took lessons with Wayne Krantz.
In 2004, I began working with Italian Hammond Organ maestro, Alberto Marsico, and drummer Gio Rossi under the name Soundsville. It was a collaboration that opened my eyes to the beauty of Gospel music and classic Blues. Soundsville did two albums and a fair share of touring throughout Europe.
Around the same time, I met Michigan-based singer, Sharrie Williams, and traveled to the Great Lake Area for a while to write songs together and tour Canada, the American East Coast, and the Midwest with her band. Being part of a pretty hot Gospel/RnB/Blues outfit and sharing festival bills with heavy weights such as: Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, The Holmes Brothers, Ike Turner and Koko Taylor, provided me some incredible first-hand experience. (One of the most memorable moments was a 40 minute Taxi ride with Hubert Sumlin, listening to road stories of which he had plenty to tell.) It further increased my love for Blues, Soul and Gospel music. I became the musical director of Sharrie’s band in 2006. We toured 4 continents and I co-wrote and co-produced 3 albums for her - all of which were nominated for the American Blues Music Awards (BMA).
Connections in the Blues circuit also lead to performing with other artists of the genre, including Bettye Lavette, Tad Robinson, Sax Gordon, Alex Schultz and Kirk Fletcher.
I live in Dresden and my work in Germany includes playing with local bands, teaching at HMT Leipzig as well as performing and/or recording for household artists like Sido, Die Zöllner, Keimzeit, Veronika Fischer, and Günther Fischer.
My first solo album Right Here Right Now was released in 2013. The next album is in the making as we speak.