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Michael Tomlinson

Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic

Born: January 3, 1953    

Michael Tomlinson

With his honey-warm voice and earthy, uplifting lyrics, Seattle-based singer/songwriter Michael Tomlinson’s songs comfort the weary soul. Drawing upon folk, smooth jazz, and Americana, Tomlinson’s songs unfold with an easygoing charm and crystalline clarity, driven by his moving, poetic narratives. Tomlinson’s latest album, The Way Out West, finds him reflecting on his life, how the experiences of his past have taught him compassion and helped him appreciate the stunning beauty of his beloved Pacific Northwest.

The Way Out West could be seen as a journal of the two decades of his life since Tomlinson left his home in Austin, Texas, and made Seattle his home. On the cover, Tomlinson is seen in silhouette holding his guitar as he walks among bold outlines of trees; the brilliant blue of the sky lending a sense that he is embarked on a new beginning. The title track describes the grief of leaving all he knew behind, while the wind-swept strains of “Seattle Skies” conveys his life long love of changing seasons and natural elements....
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”Tomlinson has a very real talent with musical hooks. . . almost every tune bristles rhythmic choruses rich with sizzling rhythms and memorable melodies. . . a perfect illustration of a performer whose optimism far outshines his dark side.” ~Don Heckman, LA Times

“The whole sell-out crowd at Michael Tomlinson's concert connected deeply with his intimate performance and propelled him to a graceful two-hour troubadour tour-de-force of singing and story-telling.” ~ Beau Brendler, Anchorage Times

“Michael Tomlinson's music truly explores the issues of the heart.” ~ James Redfield, Author of The Celestine Prophecy

“Michael's CDs feature his appealing tenor and melody-rich songs that focus on healing and unity among humankind through understanding and honest communication.” ~ John Roos, LA Times

“Through the years of my broadcast experience Michael has always had the ability to turn the ear, I've made many friends playing his music and the wait for his Florida appearance was so worth it. The pleasure of his melodies, lyrics and voice and the great sense of clarity, incredible!” ~ Sunny Robbins, WDDR - FM, Florida

“Tomlinson's music conveys an obvious spirituality, not necessarily in the religious sense. His song writing explores human emotions and reaches the listener - going straight for the heart.” ~ Tom De Savia, Cash Box

“I don't know of very many singer/songwriters who can stamp “quality craftsmanship” on every single album they've released. Michael Tomlinson can! With every opportunity I get to recommend music, he's first on my list.” ~ Sandy Shore, KXDC, Monterey Bay, CA

“Tomlinson is rare in the music world of catchy lyrics and elaborate techniques, He gives it to you straight. His genial voice offers a comfortable, down to earth feeling and it's easy to believe what he sings.” ~ Nancy J. Caldwell, LA Jazz Scene

“There's no preachiness in his songs of love and love of Earth, just the voice of a regular guy.” ~ The Seattle Weekly

“Tomlinson is thoughtful, passionate, upbeat and fresh in a contradictory world.” ~ Kelly Gilbert, Baltimore Evening Sun

“Tomlinson is a singer whose allure is simplicity and honesty. It's the lyrics of his songs and how he sings them that makes Tomlinson stand apart.” ~ Steve Cole, Anchorage Times

“Calling Me Back to the Wild is a delight from beginning to end. The tastefully produced collection of melodies benefits from a singing voice that could wring sunlight from an eye-chart. Like such kindred artists as Bruce Cockburn, Danny O'Keefe and David Wilcox, Michael demonstrates that he's got a stronger-than-ever grasp on the form.” ~ Wood & Steel Magazine

“Michael's music is rich in reflections, while celebrating the passionate love felt between people.” ~ Ann Buzenburg, The Celestine Journal

“I highly recommend Michael's songs to anyone with a desire to open their heart.” ~ John Lee, Author of The Flying Boy

“A voice unequalled by any other male singer I know. His uncanny ability to cascade over a series of notes while singing only one syllable seduces the senses. His lyrics are fired with energy and ripe with emotion.” ~ Victory Music Review

“Michael Tomlinson is one of the most gifted singer/song-writers of this or any other decade. He has the rare ability to touch listeners hearts. His fans are passionate about his music.” ~ Rob Moore, Program Director - KCFE, Minneapolis

“Tomlinson's melodic, jazz-inflected songs deal with the need to be honest with others...his clear, breezy tenor is strikingly beautiful.” ~ Gene Stout, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Besides having a clear, strong voice, Michael is a wonderful poet and lyricist. His songs speak to the feelings of love, delight, introspection, joy and pathos, creating for the listener a sense of community with both the artist and the entire planet.” ~ Rhonda Dicksion, Seattle's New Times

“The best concert I have ever been to!” ~ Kristi Renkievicz, Route 41 Magazine

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The Way Out West
Self Produced (2008)
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