"Imagine a classic R&B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a cappella over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx's magic...it's his yearning voice, alternately full of both anguish and joy, that makes you listen." ~ MODERN DRUMMER
"Vinx is the gift you give to someone that you really care about." ~ STEVIE WONDER
International recording artist, Kansas City native and Berklee College of Music educator, Vinx is as close as you'll find to a 21st century Renaissance Man. From world class athlete, recording the 2nd longest triple jump in the world and chosen for the U.S. Olympic Team 1980, to State Department Cultural Attache, to founder and visionary of the acclaimed Songwriter's Soul Kitchen workshops, he has followed his mother's advice, "You can't sing of life unless you live it!"
Vinx has performed and toured with such notable artists as Ernie Watts, Sting (Soul Cages tour and recording), Stevie Wonder (Conversation Peace and Vinx's own The Storyteller), Cassandra Wilson (Grammy winning Blue Light Til Dawn), Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow and Branford Marsalis (guests on Vinx's Rooms In My Fatha's House), Will Downing (writing and performing credits for Sensual Journey), Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Jones, Darius Rucker and Taj Mahal. Known to music fans as a percussionist and vocalist (One Man, One Voice, One Drum) his music is classified by some as jazz, by some as world music and by others as soul. With almost innocent passion, VINX blends the voice of an old school crooner with hypnotic Afro/Caribbean rhythms and his cutting edge audio technology. One listen to his pop-infused original music and you know why VINX has returned the vocalist to the ranks of world-class “musician”. It is truly a treat to witness this artist create magic in the moment with intricate layers of raw emotion.
“I could hear every nuance and inflection of his baritone voice swooping and soaring through melodies that had me open mouthed, gaping in that telling combination of wonder and envy that great artists sometimes provoke. This is a rare talent.” ~ STING