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We are so excited to have one of the hottest local talents playing at the benefit:
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. He 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.
Georgia Country Male Artist of 2009 and Georgia Country Best Overall Artist of 2009 awards went to Thomas Tillman.
Early on in life, wherever he was, 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. He sang in church, excelled in music throughout his school years receiving award after award. He was active in Theatre, singing and performing musicals. Thomas has always had a love for gospel as many country singers have professed to. Before Thomas 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. 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 life. One of Tillman’s most often requested originals, reflects a story between his mother and father. Thomas wrote the lyrics and music to “Let The Band Play” shortly after his fathers death. Thomas 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. Tillman 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.
When Thomas 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. He submitted this and a bio to festivals and fairs, and he landed his first real singing gig, at “Country Fair” held then at The International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga.
Tillman 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. He made several trips to Nashville, Tennessee during Fan Fair, CMA Fest, having an artist booth in the CMA Fest Exhibit Hall.
He was a featured artist at Acoustic Corner inside the Convention center and has sang at Tootsies, Legends Corner, and various other Nashville venues.
Thomas has entertained at many large festivals including the Ga. National Fair in Perry Ga. for several years. He has won many open mic contests and auditioned for the television show, Nashville Star, making it to second callbacks and the top ten finalist in Georgia.
Thomas performed acoustic shows blazing paths everywhere from Florida to Illinois.
Towards the end of 2004, Thomas started putting together a full band, and has been staying busy non stop ever since. Thomas was a singer in the house band at Wild Bill’s and at Cowboys, Atlanta for a brief time and then made the decision to get back out, do some touring and work in the studio towards the release of his CD. (Released April, 2009.)
Among artists Tillman has opened and shared stages with are, Trent Tomlinson, Craig Morgan, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Jo Dee Messina, Halfway To Hazard, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Michael Carroll, Luke Bryan, Joe Nichols, and Clay Walker and more. Thomas stays busy on the road performing shows everywhere and then to Nashville songwriting and recording with the best of the best in country music.
He has been writing and selecting tunes for his sophmore cd project.
Tillman is country to the core, and destined to entertain. Learn what those who’ve already seen and heard from him, already know.
When the voices of the past, meet the voice of the future, this is Thomas Tillman. Affectionately called by fans as simply “tt” .