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Tommy Brandt
May 10, 2012
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Tommy Brandt is a gifted singer/songwriter who has spent the better part of the last ten years touring the country spreading his down home message of faith, hope, and love through music and stories about his own life. In that time he has become a leader in his field winning many ICMA (Inspirational Country Music Association) awards including “New Artist of the Year” in 2004, “Male Vocalist Of The Year” in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. This Florida boy has the unique distinction in his genre to have had his first 12 singles top the charts. Currently you can see him along with Andy Griggs, Bryan White and Buddy Jewell on the Faith, Family and Country Tour that he and his wife started this year. Many say he is the heart and voice of today’s Inspirational Country Music. Tommy’s newest album was just released and is receiving great reviews nationally. His latest project titled “Nuff Said” speaks for itself. Take a listen and then you’ll know why this is one singer you’ll want to keep an eye on.
Band/artist history
Tommy was born the son of a carpenter, who owned and operated a bar in the small town of Lebanon, IN. He found his passion for country music listening to the jukebox. He jokes, “That was our full time babysitter”. Tommy recalls his favorite song at 5 years old was Charlie Rich’s classic “When We Get Behind Closed Doors”. Later the family sold the bar and moved to Florida. His Daddy still frequented the local watering holes and at twelve years old Tommy was nearly six feet tall and could walk into most bars with no questions asked along with his Dad. Through his teenage years the music he listened to took a turn to outlaw country. Influences like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr. kept this rough and rowdy teenager living on the edge most of the time. At the age of sixteen Tommy moved out on his own, lived and worked on a large cattle ranch where he learned the cowboy way of life. During this time he also joined a local country band as their sound and lighting engineer. Tommy’s passion for music continued to grow stronger as he began writing songs for the band and learning to play the guitar. The band continued to grow in notoriety and became a popular draw for the locals wherever they played. Little did he know how these experiences would play a role in his future career and life. The lead singer of the band decided to move to Nashville to pursue his own music career. The band was in a fix now and one evening at practice, Tommy offered to fill in until they could find someone. Too everyone’s surprise including the young 25 yr old Tommy, he was pretty good. He had already learned the lyrics to all the songs from traveling with them for years and so he became the new lead singer. His musical influences soon began to show as he entertained the crowds with high energy and running through the audiences. The band sky rocketed into one of Florida’s best known country bands known as “New South”. His down home humor and pure country voice melted the hearts of the listeners and soon found its place on country radio. The self penned song “Why, Why, Why” put the band on the charts and opened the doors for larger opportunities. Just about the time the band was about to peak Tommy met his future wife Michelle. This beautiful preacher’s daughter rocked his world and began teaching him a Godly way of life. For the first time in Tommy’s life he had some sort of guidance and surprisingly liked it. They began going to church together, having bible study and he began to pull away from the bar and club scene. Tommy eventually left the band because he didn’t want to hold them back from pursuing other bookings and opportunities in the clubs, and began pursuing a new direction for his own life. In 1998, Tommy and Michelle got married and his career as a solo artist began. Using the country sounds that he grew up on, he started penning lyrics that would inspire others to live a good life, a life filled with family values and having Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His venues changed from bars and clubs to churches, rodeos, fairs and outreach concerts. It was like he finally put a square peg in a round hole! His rich country voice, honest delivery and smile like none you’ve ever seen, communicates well with his audience. This down home country boy with real life stories, a heart for God and redneck humor has captured the hearts of fans all over the world. Tommy is now touring and appearing at more than 150 venues a year. He has become one of the most recognized Inspirational Country singers today. Tommy has shared the stage with country artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Daryl Worley, Little Big Town, Porter Wagner and Roy Clark. He has ministered along side Christian artists Guy Penrod, Del Way, Jason Crabb, Point of Grace, Chonda Pierce and Josh Turner. He has appeared on GAC, CMT, GMC, Sky Angel, Cornerstone Television, TCT Network and many more. Tommy has won 29 major Christian music awards, has had 14 #1 songs on the Inspirational Country Music charts and has been invited to perform on some of the largest stages and churches around the country. With all that said don’t think that any of this success has gone to his head. Tommy is one of the most humble, helpful and ministry driven artists in the country. He and his wife Michelle have started a promotion company called “Beyond the Music Promotions” that helps inspiring new artists get started in the music industry. “Faith Family & Country Tour” is the name of Tommy’s latest tour. The mission of this tour is to give hope and inspiration to a world in need. As Tommy would say, “It don’t get no better than that.”
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Tommy calls home Sebring, Fl but bases his business out of Nashville, TN. He travels throughout the country singing and ministering at nearly 200 dates per year and is celebrating 10 years full time.
Your musical influences
Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Hank Williams Jr, Kenny Henson and Eric Church
What equipment do you use?
We use various equipment depending on the concert. We perform simple acoustic sets all the way to large venues of up to 100,000.
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