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Love is the only thing to live for its one of the main reasons Im inspired to write songs, declares singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, TOMI (www.Tomiworld.com). I feel its the medicine for everyones pain. And you can hear a lot of love and pain in these songs.
TOMI, who played all the instruments and composed and produced the tracks, considers the album the distillation of his odyssey, driven by love and fueled by pain, to find his own sound. The songs in question are the buttery R&B jams on his self titled debut album, (Rosehip Records), a collection of deeply felt, sensual tunes reflecting this versatile Chicago-based artists determination and struggle. No matter what kind of music you like, TOMI insists, theres something for you on this album.
TOMI left his hometown on Bratislava, Slovakia at the tender age of 18 to come to Chicago to pursue his dream of being a musician. Arriving in New York with only $200 and a backpack and with a five-day tourist visa that he would later parlay into an extended stay TOMI arrived to America. Despite his trepidation and dawning homesickness, the young musician committed himself to building a life in his adopted home.
TOMI had a few conversations with Goran Rajsic, CEO of Chicago-based label Rosehip Records; despite his initial reservations about hooking up with an indie label, he ultimately realized that it was a remarkably good fit. The decision began paying off even before the CDs arrived in stores, with airplay for You Can Tell Me on local stations Power 92 and WGCI, accolades in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Image, and a performance and interview segment on the local ABC affiliate. Meanwhile, his fan base, on MySpace and elsewhere, has grown exponentially.
Its been a long, magical, often trying path for TOMI, but he believes that even the most challenging parts of his journey were essential. While TOMI appreciates his current rise to fame, he says, Ultimately, its about following your heart and soul without compromise thats the pinnacle of success. Ive made a record that reflects the sound Id been hearing in my head, and Im proud of that.
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