Born in the Netherlands and raised in the city of Helmond, Verbakel took up the guitar at age 16, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended the University of Music in Maastricht. After graduating bachelor of music in 2005 he played in many bands and worked as a guitar teacher in several music schools. In 2007 he moved to Amsterdam and started working as a session musician. In 2009 Verbakel attended the University of Music in Utrecht to master the skills from famous Dutch guitar masters Eef Albers and Wim Bronnenberg. Graduating master of music in 2011.
Since september 2016 he started working as a teacher at the Conservatory Haarlem and continued working as a session musician, recording several albums and touring around the world with his own group Amsterdam Saints.