Michael Tomlinson Biography
My name is Leif Lindkvist and I live in Stockholm, Sweden and my interest good music, good friends, eternal values and a big heart for finer things in life as nature, poetry and to share both joy and sorrow with my neighbors and friends. I have found your music. The CD that touched my heart was Living Things. My heart became moved by a feeling that stayed for almost one year. What I wanted to say is that it is very seldom you are moved and touched by music and lyrics in this way. Thank you. Leif
It could have been a letter from someone in Oklahoma or California or England or Argentina. In fact, the letters come often from the US and abroad as Michael's music is passed person to person around the world. Ask anyone who love's his strong, clear singing and soothing guitar playing, his meaningful and melodic songs, and you will find someone excited to have found another kindred spirit.
Michael Tomlinson left the traditional music "bidnis" in the early 90s at the height of his growing career. He was headlining the Greek Amphitheater in LA, The Paramount in Denver, Wolftrap in Washington DC, theaters all over the country. NAC and AAA radio played him in many cities but he was weary of the business of music, the corporate takeover of radio and record companies, the 50-page contracts and endless meetings with attorneys.
He simply decided to walk away and leave it all behind. In a rare and clever move, he found a way to regain ownership of all his records and he returned to his home in Seattle to start his own small label, Desert Rain. From that moment he began to rebuild his career in a way more in keeping with the gentle messages and open heart in his own music.
Born and raised in Texas, Tomlinson has lived the last 14 years in Seattle. He moved there from Austin in the mid-80s after one of his songs, The Climb, found it's way to a radio station where it became the #1 song in the station's history. Since that time, Michael has released eight CDs and continues to perform in several cities each year.
In 1993 he created and began to host weekend retreats called, A Gathering of Friends, using his music to bring people together in friendship, laughter and goodwill. Twice a year, they come from all over the US and Europe, riding the ferry across Puget Sound to a small, rustic village on the Olympic Peninsula - all to make new friends and laugh and tell stories.
Michael's latest CD, his eighth, is called Watching the Storm Roll In and is his second solo-acoustic recording. In 2001 he will be releasing his first book, a collection of stories and memories from his life and music.
Information on his CDs, concerts, book and retreats can be found on his humorous website at www.michaeltomlinson.com
Contact; Fax; 206-417-2735 Email; firstname.lastname@example.org