I was born in Luanda, Africa on March 7, 1974; it was a Portuguese territory then. I was brought up speaking Portuguese and English and I speak both well. I was about a year old when we moved here to a Boston sburb named Hudson, MA.
My father started me playing the piano at about 4 or 5. He played the accordion and his father ( my granddad) was a conductor in the old country who was proficient in many instruments himself. After a while my love for music took control and I started playing. I would learn everything I could on the radio and even at that young of an age I was already dreaming of the composition I would saomeday write for the world. Years passed, we moved back to Europe for a few years and came back. When I was about 14 I started thinking about how I would fulfill this yearning to play and compose.
I played in everything from wedding bands to dance music groups to off tune rock groups and even Portuguese folklore groups. When I graduated high school, I packed my bags and moved to MY CITY...Detroit. I was Jan of 94 and as soon as I got there I started working on my plan. I started a band called Merge. Over the next 4 years we self-released a record and six-song tape. We toured everywhere we could play and I gained experience with playing and with people. Everything was good, but I still found myself wanting more of a challenge. That's when my manager at the time (Dan Colucci) told me about what happen with Days of The New and asked me if I would be interested in starting a new projecdt with the guys that got fired. I had known all of them for about a year.