2013 Altanta Blues Challenge winner Timo Arthur has been making great strides in his short time in Atlanta. He also has finished recording his CD "Fire's Burnin'" with bassist Tamara Nicolai and drummer Pete Maier, set to be realsed on Jan 10. Since moving to Atlanta from Boston in late 2012, Timo burst on to the Atlanta scene hitting local jams and making lots of new friends and connections. As previously mentioned, Timo won the 2013 Atlanta Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category with bassist Tamara Nicolai as the Timo Arthur Duo. This victory won them a spot to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Jan 21-25 in 2014.
A veteran guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, Timo has thirty years of performing experience behind him. He spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 performing at the elegant House of Blues & Jazz in Shanghai, China, as lead guitarist and vocalist for Tony Hall's Blues Mission, along with performing freelance shows with various pop/R&B artists there as well. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he also spent fifteen years performing on the Boston/New England blues scene with the region's top local and regional acts, as well as fronting his own shows. He has since performed professionally coast to coast in the US, as well as the Caribbean in addition to China.
Hailing from a musical family, Timothy "Timo" Arthur was born June 10, 1974 in New Haven, CT, and grew up in the nearby town of Milford, CT. At the age of eight, he told his father he wanted to be a musician. His parents got him a guitar the following Christmas. By age ten, he began writing songs and performing as a guitarist and singer.
Timo spent his teens giving solo performances of original music at every opportunity. He also played with a handful of bands, playing guitar and electric bass, as well as singing and songwriting. At age nineteen, he made his first studio recording consisting of four pop songs he had written. 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 island's top-billed soca bands. Though never having played in this style before, Timo adapted quickly, proving his immense talent, versatility, and natural musicianship. After several months, he left Barbados to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
After his arrival in Boston in 1996, Timo became a regular on the New England blues scene. Timo quickly gained notoriety as an impressive guitarist and vocalist. Many prominent Boston area blues, soul, R&B, and roots/rock artists have called on Timo to perform with them. In 2010, he was part of the winning band for the MA Blues Challenge as the guitarist for Diane Blue & The Beantown Boys. This win got them a spot to compete in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in February of 2011. He also recently returned from a three-month stint in Shanghai, China where he was contracted to play with Tony Hall's Blues Mission as a guitarist and co-lead singer.
Nowadays, Timo has returned to performing as a singer/songwriter in addition to lending his guitar and vocal talents to top local blues/R&B acts. He continues to gain friends and fans with his impressive musicianship, as well as his warm and witty persona.