He is a singer born in Istanbul,
Turkey, to a family
where his father was a journalist.
He as raised in London, England
from the time he was six until his father’s job took the family to New
York when he was twelve.
He began to gain a strong interest in music after
listening to music and records with his father while you, specifically
jazz, and taught himself to play the piano when he
was fourteen. This led to him
entering the Mannes College of Music and then
post graduate studies in Los Angeles’
University. Showing a real talent for singing he
was persuaded to take a voice class while at the University and the result
was him being name “the most talented vocalist in the school”
by his Professor.
In 1980 he began performing in various jazz clubs with
a trio that he had established and he wasn’t long before he managed
to gain attention. This
resulted in him singing in a concert for the United Nations and gaining the
accolade of being dubbed “the new Frank Sinatra”.
The 1980s would prove to be continually busy for him
with 1982 seeing him perform with Eartha Kitt at the Lincoln
and in 1983 he landed a deal for his own television show which ran locally
until 1985. Also in 1985 he was
an American representative at The Golden Butterfly International Music.
In the 1990s he gave a much acclaimed performances at venues
such as The Lighthouse and more recently he has worked on a solo CD with
the composer Larry Meyers.
His career has resulted in him working with a 50-piece
orchestra and having arrangements done for him by some of the top orchestrators and composers in the business that
include Quincy Jones Billy May, Johnny Mandel and Nelson Riddle among
others. His solo album Memories
of You is a tribute to classic hits from the past and it was released with
a bonus video of him in concert.