BIO

 

TOMMY G FROM THE 509, or “Tommy G”, as he is affectionately known around Spokane, Washington, has been writing songs, playing guitar and performing on stage since age eleven, beginning in 1976. Back then they called him Tommy Gantt. He currently resides in Spokane, Washington.

 As a child, Tommy first took interest in music at age 10, when he began noodling around on his Dad’s old Yamaha acoustic guitar, which, happily for young Tommy, had a neck too narrow for his father’s pudgy fingers. Less than a year later, young Tommy would make his stage debut before the entire student body at his elementary school; singing the first song he ever wrote.

 His sonic influences are widely varied, ranging from the soothing acoustic sounds of the likes of James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Dan Fogelberg, to the soulful and jazzy/bluesy stylings of artists such as Billy Joel, All Jarreau, and Bill Withers, to the southern fried rock-n-roll delivered by bands such as 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. These influences, as well as many others, shape the sounds Tommy creates in his music today.

 While Tommy’s musical genre is officially classified as “Americana”, his music combines elements of folk, pop, blues, jazz, and rock in unique, yet somehow familiar combinations; always featuring evocative and thoughtful content about current events or other hot button topics. Whatever is moving Tommy emotionally drives his musical and lyrical content.

His intimate and enthusiastic performances are both highly entertaining and engaging, particularly for those who enjoy the music of his primary songwriting influences, namely James Taylor, Jim Croce, Billy Joel, and Paul Simon, as Tommy covers many of their songs in his live stage act. While his smile is always apparent in his live performances, many have commented on how his voice actually sounds as though he’s smiling when he sings.

 Tommy says, “My primary purpose is to send them home smiling, so I make sure to smile a lot while I’m performing. After all, smiles are contagious, right?”

He wasn’t smiling when his professional career began, however. In 2007, after a painful divorce left him unemployed, depressed, and broke, he decided to play for tips on the streets of downtown Spokane, Washington. Beginning at the very bottom of the singer-songwriter world, he would gain much local acclaim in just the first year, leading to windows of opportunity to play at some of the Spokane area’s finest small venues and local festivals.

But he hasn’t limited himself to small houses or local festivals. Since 2007, Tommy has performed in venues ranging from medium-security prisons in Kootenai, Idaho, to restaurant patios in Phoenix, Arizona, to giant mega-music-festival stages in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. He is currently a regular solo acoustic performer/entertainer in the Inland Northwest region of the USA, while still doing several impromptu street performances for tips each summer. He has maintained a rigorous 150+ appearance-per-year schedule since 2010.

In Spring 2014 Tommy released his very first all-solo acoustic album, “Sound Of A Smile”, whose name was largely inspired by the feedback from his fans. Produced by David Fender on his Crestline Records label, the album has sold over 1,000 copies in less than four years at his live performances.

Currently, Tommy is recording his next release at Spokane Recording Studio in Spokane Valley, WA, home of Hitstreet Records and Owner/Producer Michael Schettler, who helped launch the career of 2018’s most downloaded artist, Jerad Finck.

Tommy’s next release is expected in 2020.

 

 

HOT NEW RELEASE!! Punch It

Tommy G from the 509 has a new song! I love it!

Posted by Beth Heart on Thursday, January 21, 2016