Torsten Goods was born in 1980 in Düsseldorf, the son of a German father and an Irish mother. His first steps as a guitarist were at the age of 14. In 2000 he became a member of the German Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer, and shortly thereafter recorded the first album under his own name, in 2001, “Manhattan Walls”.
In 2001 at the age of 20 and still called Gutknecht, he travelled to New York to study at the prestigious New York New School where he studied with Jack Wilkins and Vic Juris. He worked with Seleno Clarke, Barbara Tucker, Reverend Run (from Run DMC), while also performing with guitar legend Les Paul, who also gave him his artist name “Torsten Goods”. Goods is not only equipped with a virtuoso guitar technique – he also has an exceptionally sensitive and expressive singing voice that is at home with the blues as well as swing and pop.