He was born in Hartford, but grew up in California. He got his high school graduating from Corona del Mar High School and then studied at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He worked as a truck driver before he had his first great success as a musician.
Prior to his work, he already had some moderation guest appearances in television series such as Las Vegas and was a guest in 2004, a jury member at the music show American Idol. In Germany he was known for the duet “Party for Two” with Shania Twain.