“More soulful than most,” Downbeat says. “Gray sings impressive original songs in a sandpapered rasp that’s salve for the affective aches and urgencies acknowledged throughout his thoughtful lyrics.”
Tom Gray, from Atlanta, Georgia, has written songs recorded by Cyndi Lauper (several in fact, including the hit “Money Changes Everything”), Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, Bonnie Bramlett and many others.
In the 1980s Tom sang and played keyboards in The Brains, recording two critically acclaimed albums on Mercury and an EP on Landslide Records. In Nashville in the late 1980s Tom picked up his first lap steel guitar and was immediately hooked. He hasn’t put it down yet.
Over the course of his career Tom has written songs featured in advertisements, films and television shows. He has collected awards from, among others, the Village Voice (Independent Single of the Year), the Georgia Songwriters Association (Songwriter of the Year) and the American Roots Music Association (Blues Songwriter of the Year).
Until he was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in the fall of 2019 Tom toured internationally as front man of the award-winning roots-rock band Delta Moon. Thanks to the wonders of immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation and the love and support of many friends and fans, Tom's cancer has now "resolved" a few times, only to sneak back in new forms. The fight continues. But his condition is improving. As he regains his weight and strength, Tom has begun recording a solo project.
"Tom Gray's songwriting is, as ever, strong and powerfully rooted stuff."
-- Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine