Welcome to the secret world of Timothy Thomas, one of the greatest acoustic guitar players in the world today. Timothy Thomas is a singer/songwriter/mulit-instrumentalist/producer with over 9 studio releases. This whole train went a rolling for Tim when he met Elvis Presley in 1976 at the International Amphitheater in Chicago. This was an event that would stay in his heart and live in his memory forever. Tim started playing music at age 7 and has quoted some of his early influences as being Elvis Presley, John Denver and Crosby Stills and Nash and Phil Collins. Through his early years he studied classical compositions for guitar and Jazz Percussion, re-writing his own arrangements to perform for school recitals.
Not feeling the challenge to progress as a writer he decided to start writing his own songs,
Tim wrote his first song in 1984 'You and I', inspired by the great poet and story teller Rydard Kipling. This progressed into a trio of releases that came to be known as The Unknown City of DestinyÃ?Â?I-II and III., an acoustical rock opera. A fictional city that Tim could set himself in and create acoustical compositions based on classical music and
acoustic guitar and finding the key to musical excellence. The ultimate honor for any aspiring musical writer.
During the late 80's Tim studied music and music business at Columbia Chicago under the great conductor, arranger, composer., William Russo who conducted the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. During his studies at Columbia he studied with vocal trainers Carol Laverde,
Jill Gabrielle and music business professor Chuck Suber whom developed Columbia's A.E.M.M.P program.,the first college based record label that placed The InsidersÃ?Â?on the road to stardom and a song on the Styx album Edge of the Century. One of Tim's most significant turning points came in 1991 through 1993 when Tim toured the college circuit bringing the performance of the Unknown City of Destiny .,an acoustical solo rock opera to stage. This had never been done before., bringing critical acclaim and wonder to local radio stations and newspapers! The only other person to date to perform a solo acoustical rock opera was Elton John back in 1978 and he had a
percussionist. Tim still remains to this date, the only musical artist in history to perform a solo acoustic rock opera.
1994 Tim needed a change of venue. Ounce based in Chicago now cross-country to Phoenix Arizona where he began writing another concept record., Walnut StreetÃ?Â?Ã?Â? based on the street he grew up as a child ., Every song on this release is in someway somehow related to growing up on Walnut Street., although the original album was suppose to have only 14 songs on it., 28 ended up being re-released as Walnut Street and Back to Walnut Street. I started listening back on all my demos and found quite a few songs related to growing up as a kid on Walnut Street., I think that is why it took so long to release it.From what I recall it took me from 1993 to 2000 to re-write, record and release it. During this time Tim also worked as a morning show producer for KZON., a local rock radio station while writing Walnut Street. Tim had this to say., I was very lucky at the time, I was able to meet pretty much all of my rock-n roll heros.
Since a very young age Tim has performed with international acts such as the late John Entwistle of The Who,Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Albert Collins,Adriane Belew, Robert Cray,Dave Mason,The Insiders,Valgur Boatman,John Prine and has opened up for many national acts.
1989 :: The Unknown City of Destiny Book I
1992 :: The Unknown City of Destiny Book II
1995 :: The Unknown City of Destiny Book III
1997 :: Sorry It's Taken So Long
1998 :: The No Hit's List
2000 :: Walnut Street CD Release I
2002 :: Back to Walnut Street II
2004 :: One More Try
2006 :: Smiles I Will Leave
2009 :: My Secret World