A few years back his then girlfriend was pursuing a career as a recording artist and Ted found himself tagging along to many of the famed Los Angeles recording studios. Fate intervened one day after a producer asked Ted to sing A Capella. Suffice it to say; his relationship didn’t pan out but he returned to the studio several months later to record his own songs at the behest of the producer. While it seems like a sharp turn of events, the seeds of West’s songwriting career had been gestating for a lifetime. Like his hero Jim Morison, he carried around a book of poetry he started as a teenager – of which many of the songs on his new album were drawn from. When the opportunity to record presented itself, he dusted off his originals and also mined his record collection for the most influential musical moments of his youth. His covers of Marianne Faithfull and Leonard Cohen showcase a keen ability to crawl inside and breathe new life into the already iconic songs.”
Although Ted currently resides in Los Angeles, he hails Chicago and did his early performance work in theater in Philadelphia and New York. His singing resulted from requests to perform in musicals, but he soon used his more rock based influences to develop a musical style all his own. On his first TV vocal audition, Ted was picked to compete on the TV talent show 'Gimme the Mike', where he appeared on the semi-final and final competition rounds.
Ted's second album, "TRUE WEST" was released on October 27th, 2015 to rave reviews (see press section). His debut album, 'Ethereal Gypsy' was released on September 24th, 2014. Reviewers have labeled Ted's covers of the Leonard Cohen classics 'The Guests' and 'A Thousand Kisses Deep' as 'Masterpieces', saying "listening you will feel it giving you chills from it's melodic power. You will lose yourself in a momenutum of sounds with each note played'.