Tom Goss / Bio

In Brief:
Tom's music continues to stand at the forefront of LGBTQ equality and arts. His newest music video "Lover" tackled DADT head on and was recently featured in The Advocate, Out.com, Towleroad and After Elton. His previous two videos climbed to the top of MTV LOGO's "The Click List".

Instantly accessible, Tom's music has been heard on HBO, ABC and several independent films. He is a 2-time award winner for the Mid-Atlantic Song Competition, was the 2009 Pride In The Arts award winner for "Favorite Male Musician" & his 2009 album "Back To Love" was voted best album of the year by independent NYC based radio station "Radio Crystal Blue" and was spun nationally on over 250 radio stations.

Full Bio:
Tom Goss is a unique voice among gay singer-songwriters—a former Catholic seminarian turned guitar-toting troubadour whose heartfelt lyrics, hooky melodies and quirky charm have earned him a dedicated national following.

Since he started performing in DC coffeehouses in 2006, the tireless 30-year-old hasn’t let any moss grow under his trademark flip flops: four full-length CDs (Lost Songs and Underdogs, Turn It Around, Naked Without and Back to Love), two EPs (Rise and The Politics of Love), a live DVD (Live At Terry’s), four music videos—two rose to the #1 and #2 viewer-choice slots on MTV’s LOGO network—and nearly 500 shows in 100 cities nationwide.

Tom is an unabashed romantic, known for his songs about love (many inspired by his new husband Mike, whom he married in October 2010) and longing. His music glides from soulful, pensive ballads to infectious pop, from tender melodies to muscular rhythms, buoyed by an unflagging belief in the healing power of love. Drawing comparisons to his contemporaries such as Matt Nathanson, Jason Mraz and Lee DeWyze, Tom’s intimate live performances reflect his gift for incisive personal narratives. Tom is committed politically as well, having released songs and videos in support of marriage equality and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” (A video for the song “Lover,” from his 2009 album, tells the story of a soldier killed in Afghanistan while his husband waits at home, and stars servicemen who were discharged under don’t ask, don’t tell.)

Like his music, Tom’s story is a mix of struggle and spirit. A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, he spent his high school and college years as a wrestler, leaving the family sport of gymnastics for one better suited to his teenage aggression. Following a brief stint as a teacher, he moved to Washington, DC in 2004 to enter Catholic seminary. It didn’t go as planned, and he abandoned his quest to become a priest—but not his desire to spread a message of hope and reconciliation through his music.

Now he’s winning followers across the country while still finding time to lead and raise funds for a DC nonprofit called Charlie’s Place that provides free meals, clothing and social services to the homeless. It’s the perfect day job for a man who lives what he sings.

General Info

Band Members
Tom Goss - Guitar/Piano/Vocals
Artist Name
Tom Goss
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Active Since
Pop / Acoustic / Rock

Contact Info

Washington, DC

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