With a distinctive and immediately identifiable sound, Tommy Steele is a blend of influences that brings together the edgy musicianship and rocked-out passion of early Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the raw, sparse, lyrical sense of Springsteen.
Active in several bands before starting his own in 2006, Steele was used to playing more than 200 dates a year. The 2009 release of his first Nashville produced CD, THE LONG HAUL, brought him national recognition with three hit singles: positive “Watching Love Grow”, the rock guitar-edged, mid-tempo "Forever 17" and the passionate ballad, "What Kind of Man Would I Be." The releases generated multiple radio tours, On-air Television appearances all over the country and produced national and international written features including Country Weekly, Music Row and Magazine of Country Music.
Tommy’s 2012 single perfectly reflected the complicated dichotomy of his music. Produced by Nashville’s respected veteran singer songwriter Dave Gibson. "My Side of the Street" put Steele's emotive voice front and center on this story of a love destined to live only in dreams. The story line with Tommy's unique style brought a new interpretation of cultural and social divides to the song. The video was added to many television networks across the country. In 2013 The Ultimate party song “We ain’t drunk” Video was released, picked up by many networks and was a hit to more than 50 Million over air and cable TV subscribers
Tommy Steele and his band are just as comfortable playing before 50 people as performing in front of 50,000, and he's done quite a bit of both over the last few years. The Michigan native opened for Big & Rich at his hometown Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and performed at 3 CMA Music Festival’s in Nashville. He's toured the country and shared stages with megastars Leann Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Little Big town, Big & Rich, Blackberry smoke, Dwight Yoakam, and more, he’s also entertained at venues ranging from intimate nightclubs to large festivals.
Tommy carries with him life lessons learned in his youth, and they give instant credence to his down-home manner and strong work ethic. With family roots in Detroit's auto factories and Georgia's clay soils, "blue collar" and “country strong” are descriptive terms for this entertainer.
“Family is everything to me, and fatherhood? Well, that’s the reward! I am humbled to create music with a vision but life experiences and my family are my inspirations.”
As the journey continues:
Tommy and his band are in the studio finishing up his 5th studio record soon to be released in 2014 and touring.