GRAMMY NOMINATED, EMMY WINNING COMPOSER/PRODUCER
With a deep understanding of the creative process, Tommy’s unique ability to identify new talent and propel early stage development is driven by having an extraordinary gift for helping the artists he works with realize their full potential.
Tommy’s adeptness at being proactive and resourceful in a highly competitive environment is the fundamental component of his success in the entertainment industry.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Tommy spent his formative years playing drums in a number of successful local bands. The most notable, Critical Mass, went on to sign with MCA records in the late seventies. While spending the early eighties as a session musician in Miami, Tommy met Emilio Estefan while working at the legendary Criteria Recording Studios. Emilio was working on his wife Gloria’s “Let It Loose” album for Sony Records. Impressed by the demos he heard, Emilio invited Tommy to Los Angeles to work with him on Gloria’s record.
Emilio relied on Tommy’s Anglo sensibilities to help create a powerful foundation crossing over Latin music and Latin attitudes to non-Hispanic populations both domestically and internationally.
After collaborating successfully on a number of projects including a Broadway Cast album with producer Phil Ramone and a then unknown singer, Jon Secada, Emilio offered Tommy an exclusive songwriter agreement with his recently formed publishing and production company Foreign Imported. From 1991 – 1997, Tommy continued to write and produce while touring as the drummer for singer Jon Secada.
In the final 2 years he served as drummer and musical director. Tommy has also enjoyed high profile drum product endorsement deals. Live appearances, in addition to touring the world, include: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The David Letterman Show”, “and The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, and “The Today Show”. There were also numerous domestic and international televised performances for events such as “The 1996 Olympics”, “The World Cup”, “Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve” and “The Miss Universe Pageant”.
Tommy also had the privilege of performing for President at The White House.
Additionally, Tommy’s skills were leveraged by song-writer/producer Desmond Child to arrange tracks for Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Sammy Hagar, Billie Myers and Robbie Williams.
In the fall of 2003, Tom co-wrote and produced the score for “The Sirens of TI”. This was a synergistic effort with Emmy-winning Director and Choreographer Kenny Ortega on behalf of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino (Steve Wynn Corporation), Las Vegas. Most recent writing and production accomplishments include:
· Two top ten singles for Latin singing sensation Paulina Rubio for her album Paulatina.
· A top ten single “No Te Preocupes Por Mi” with Chayanne.
· A Grammy nomination in the category of “Alternative Album of the Year” for the Los Rabanes album “Ecolequa”.
· An Emmy award for composing score for the NBC and Telemundo television campaign “The Spirit Of South Florida” in addition to Gold and Silver Promax awards.
· Wrote and produced theme song for “Nuevas Voces de America” – a top rated Telemundo/NBC television series based on Fox’s “American Idol.
In addition to being honored with multiple Grammy nominations, Tommy has served on the Board Of Governors for the Florida chapter of the National Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences. As of June 2013, Tommy has been awarded over twenty-five RIAA certified gold and platinum albums both in the US and internationally.
In early 2005, Tommy co-wrote and produced Lauren Harris’ debut release. Lauren is the daughter of Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Tommy was musical director and drummer from 2005 till late 2008 for Lauren’s live show. Which included opening slots on Iron Maiden’s world tours from 2006 through 2008. Tommy’s record of identifying the creative merit of the music being recorded, marketed, and sold and seizing the opportunities necessary to maximize it’s commercial potential is why he continues to be in demand as a creator and facilitator of authentically innovative content.