Tommy Dalton moved to Nashville in 2009 to pursue his love of music, as both a performer and songwriter. While his first gig was a corner on Broadway in February 2009, his first co-write was with one of Nashville’s elite writers Keith Follese, set up by now dissolved Midas Records.
Tommy’s writing skills impressed Keith so much they went on to collaborate on 7 songs together. Tommy then began writing with other writers from various publishing companies around Nashville, including several major hit songwriters to compile quite a catalogue.
Tommy’s gigs improved also from that Broadway corner with an open guitar case playing for tips in the middle of winter to playing major concerts with such artists as Jake Owen, Randy Houser, Easton Corbin, and David Nail among others.
It didn’t happen overnight; It took a lot of hard work, persistence, dedication, and a little bit of luck to start making a name for himself. His first break came in meeting Country Legend TG Sheppard through a mutual friend. TG recognized Tommy’s talent immediately and became a mentor to him. But aside from the songwriting and performing it was charisma that most intrigued TG about Tommy, and in assessing Tommy’s ability stated:
"You know I lived with Elvis Presley for 7 years, and I’m not comparing Tommy to Elvis. They are two very different artists, but I see that same magical charisma in Tommy that I saw in Elvis”
Tommy’s next break, brought on by his presence playing on Broadway, was meeting Mr. Nashville himself Billy Block. After getting the Nashville Hand Shake from Tommy, a term which Billy describes when an aspiring artist hands him a CD, Billy quickly recognized both Tommy’s writing and performing ability, along with his charismatic personality, and drew a close comparison of Tommy to his good friend Jeffrey Steele. Since then Tommy has become a regular on Billy’s radio show and performs at Billy’s showcase events.
Ironically, Brad Hardisty of The Nashville Bridge in a recent article described Tommy as Nashville’s New Double Threat predicting that he would be the next Nashville Graduating Class’ Jeffrey Steele based on both his writing and performing ability. ] Hardisty also commented on Tommy’s intangible in stating:
“He had the charisma and okay magnetism”
Just like Keith Urban and Elvis, there were girls up front who knew the words to all of his songs.
Tommy Dalton’s CD is already completed. We have a surplus of songs to choose from all of which are loaded on the music player in the Music Link. Many of his songs have been featured in films, and he is also endorsed by True Religion Brand Jeans for his song “Damn Jeans”.
Tommy Dalton is the whole package. He has a great look, he writes the majority of his own songs, sings the songs, plays guitar, and delivers the songs but also has the one factor that you can’t teach, and that’s Charisma.
To help him along one of Nashville’s elite writers Brett James added two songs to Tommy’s CD with “Something to die for” and “It don’t Suck” and Grammy winning and 14 time ACM and CMA Winner, Brent Mason is signed on as co producer for the project. For more information visit www.brentmason.com.
Tommy felt from the beginning that if he had a chance to make it and hold true to his convictions as an artist, songwriter and to himself, that he would have to develop himself to a certain level. He feels along with his team that he is now ready to take the next step.