From a young age, he knew he was unique among his friends and colleagues, but didn't realize it was his immense musical talent that made him stand out. He uploaded his first YouTube cover, "'All Around the World' and 'Beauty and a Beat' Mashup," in February of 2013.
His sound is best described as alternative pop, as he pulls inspiration from major pop recording artists as well as his deep soul.
He was born in Long Island and spent his youth in Massapequa, New York. His mother Barb Johnes appears on his YouTube channel in karaoke challenges.