"Thomas Tillman is a country music singer-songwriter singing traditional country music, both originals and covers.
Mixing up a little down home, a little uptown, a little "praise God", and a little" hell yeah".
He is a stage rockin performer with powerful vocals to match.
Audiences arrive with open arms, and Tillman
As a self-taught guitarist, and with influences stretching multiple genres, Thomas Tillman's
sound lands somewhere in the realm of traditional outlaw country mixed with present day country love ballads.
Thomas was born in Decatur, Ga. May 24, 1983.
is a Georgia boy through and through having been raised in Cobb County, Carroll County, Conyers and Covington, and the deep south of Valdosta, Ga.
Early on in life, wherever he
was listening and singing to the radio, or tapes, with a make do mic in his
hand, which could have been a hair brush or preferably a flashlight, practicing for a lifetime of making music and entertaining.
Never was he
found without music playing.
sang in church, excelled in music throughout his
school years receiving award after award.
was active in Theatre, singing and performing musicals.
has always had a love for gospel as many country singers have professed to.
was driving age, he
would look in local newspapers and spot African American gospel revivals in the area and ask his
mother to drive him there so he
could be among great gospel singing and participate.
has always been a people lover and he
was never intimidated about sitting in a congregation of people who were not the same race as himself.
Life's experiences have driven him passionately towards success.
The incarceration of his
father in federal prison, from the time he
was 3 until he
was 9 years of age left emotional and sometimes financial hardship on the family.
There was his
fathers brief and happy homecoming, and then his
fathers very untimely death when Thomas
was just nineteen years old, as he
was finally enjoying having his
father in his
One of Tillman's
most often requested originals, reflects a story between his
mother and father.
wrote the lyrics and music to "Let The Band Play" shortly after his
became accustomed to looking forward to something important to him and then experiencing difficulties and heartbreak and has witnessed the same in so many others.
With the love and support of his
mother, sister and family and the fact that he
has always stayed grounded in his
Christian roots, Thomas
remains fiercely determined and positive.
has remarked that he
has many a story left untold to share in song, and wants to one day be able to give back to society's children who are living through their own difficulties and need a hand up, and a hopeful word.
was 17, he
began thinking seriously about performing publicly, and saved money he
had earned to go into a studio, and record a two song demo.
submitted this and a bio to festivals and fairs, and he
first real singing gig, at "Country Fair" held then at The International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga.
performed with a group of young, talented Georgia country singers in The Cadillac Show.
This opened up many opportunities for showcasing his
voice and getting more stage experience.
made several trips to Nashville, Tennessee during Fan Fair, CMA Fest, having an artist booth in the CMA Fest Exhibit Hall.