“What’s that?! That sounds both great and familiar, I want to learn it!” So I started playing blues scales at piano when I was 12. Classical music was a bit problematic (plus, unlike today, I didn’t like it), because I was born with a light form of dysmelia: I can nevertheless use my left hand as a large sixth finger (bass players love me for this, I hardly ever invade their territory!).

I’ve been writing and producing music, singing and playing keyboards since I was 15. I was born in Milan, Italy (where I currently reside) and with my current project, The Songbook Chronicles, I independently release SoulFunkRockPop songs that blend vintage and modern colors. In 2021 I co-founded Violet Fire Productions, an audio-visual company. I moved to Los Angeles to study music in 1994 and I’ve been playing/recording around the world ever since, as a sidemen and with my own projects, including Soulspinner and Founda(c)tion, with whom I opened for Chaka Khan, Tower of Power and Maceo Parker.

 

“SirJo sounds like a soulful Elvis Costello on a journey with Bacharach..”

Rolling Stone (Italy)

PS: I’ve listened to a lot of Bacharach, never listened to Elvis Costello.

“SirJo is a jewel I’ve found on the Italian music scene. He sings and plays with the heart and reminds me
that there is still great talent to be found in the world.”

Vaneese Thomas – Soul singer and producer, part of the legendary Thomas/Stax legacy
(with father Rufus and sister Carla), vocalist with Aretha Franklin for more then a decade.

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