Timo Arthur boasts an impressive musical resumé that spans over thirty years of experience. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he has worked professionally in multiple genres of music. He has traveled and lived abroad as a professional musician, and continues to add to his list of accomplishments. From winning the Atlanta Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category with bassist Tamara Nicolai in 2013, as well as winning the Massachusetts Blues Challenge with singer Diane Blue in the band category in 2011, to multi-month performance residencies in China, to performing at stadiums in the Caribbean to 10,000+ fans alongside top-billed calypso artists, to placing in the top 1% of songwriters in songwriting competitions, Timo Arthur always makes a positive statement.
Born on June 10, 1974, Timo (given name Timothy) grew up in the town of Milford, Connecticut, USA. Hailing from a musical family, his mother was a semi-professional concert cellist, and also played piano and flute at home, while his father played guitar, piano, and percussion at their home as well. After expressing interest in music at age eight, his parents gave him a guitar for Christmas. He gave his first performance at age 10 at a school talent show. He would go on to spend his teens playing in several bands, taking on duties ranging from playing guitar and electric bass to singing and songwriting, as well as giving dozens of solo performances of his original music on guitar and piano. He made his first studio recording at age 19 consisting of four pop songs he had written, playing all instruments himself. A year later, he moved to his father's native Barbados, where within four days of his arrival, he was chosen as lead guitarist for one of the country's top-billed calypso bands. Though having never played in this style before, Timo adapted quickly proving his natural talent and musicianship. After nearly a year in Barbados, he left to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, in 1996.
Timo would go on to spend fifteen years living in Boston, performing on the New England circuit. Upon his arrival, he started hitting the blues jams and quickly became renowned as a solid guitarist and vocalist. Thus, he ended up performing, touring, and recording with many New England-based acts during his time there. After fifteen years, he decided it was time for a change and moved south, where he spent time living in Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA, before being offered a full-time position as the guitarist for blues harmonica ace Brandon Santini.