Tjader was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he currently resides. Classically trained, he began to learn the cello at 5 years old and continued playing into young adulthood with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, taking him abroad to Russia, Finland and Sweden. At 24, Tjader began playing guitar and started a rock band in the early 90s. They played the local Vancouver scene through the 90s, frequenting many of the city's much-loved live music venues, like the Railway Club, The Niagara, The Brickyard, The Columbia, Samoo's and Route 66.
A yearning for open spaces and endless skies lured Tjader to the Canadian prairies for a number of years and that vast landscape still resonates with him and in his music. After an extended musical hiatus, he was inspired in 2011 to begin writing again. His music bridges the alternative rock/roots/country genres with a Christian base. Encouraged by local praise for his first song, he penned many new tunes which will be featured on his first CD (currently being recorded at Vancouver's Orchid Studios).