In 2008 the American Roots Music Association named Tom Gray Blues Songwriter of the Year. But Tom’s music ranges far beyond the blues. Tom’s songs have been recorded by Cyndi Lauper (several in fact, including the hit “Money Changes Everything”), Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter, Bonnie Bramlett and many others.
Tom was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Virginia and Georgia, where he lives today. But home has always been the family farm in the North Carolina mountains where he spent summers as a child and which he and his siblings bought back in the 1980s.
About that time Tom picked up his first lap steel guitar. He hasn’t put it down yet. Originally a keyboard player, in the 1980s he led a rock group called The Brains that recorded two albums on Mercury Records and an EP on Landslide Records. Today Tom performs as a solo artist and tours internationally with the award-winning blues-based band Delta Moon. Delta Moon’s latest album, Low Down, was named one of the best of 2015 by both Downbeat and Blues Music Magazine.
Tom’s other interests include family, vegetable gardening and aikido.