"Self-taught. I have never had a vocal or guitar lesson. I don’t know how to read music. I have never done anything the “easy way".
Thomas Junior Brown, known as "T.J.", was born in the hills of Kentucky and moved to rural Florida at the tender age of 9. He grew up in a small town and played sports throughout most of his school years. "As far back as I can remember, I was singing karaoke at family reunions. I was big into country music back then". Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery headed the top of his list of favorite entertainers back in the early 90’s. T.J began writing poetry in 6th grade and got his first guitar in 10th grade which was a gift from his Uncle George. It was a "Samick" acoustic. At that time, T.J. grew more interested in Top 40 music listening to the likes of Sugar Ray and Matchbox 20. By his senior year, T.J.’s focus on sports was replaced by a love and passion of music, partially brought about after his best friend, Richard Carl Wright, took his own life during the end of their junior year.
T.J. worked construction by day and wrote songs by night the following years perfecting his craft. He landed his first show at The Big Deck Raw Bar in Cedar Key, Florida at the age of 19. By 20 years of age, he was selling his first studio CD containing his original music and self-promoting it. This project was heavily influence by John Mayer and the Goo Goo Dolls. That was just the beginning. From that booking, spawned off a new beginning where he landed shows in Daytona, St. Augustine, Destin, Key West and later, outside Florida and all over the U.S.
In 2008, Brown grew restless, was feeling stagnant and that a change of scenery might be in order to help grow, regain his focus and reignite his passion and creativity so he decided to move. He didn’t know where to go but decided on Southern California. After one year, and a tremendous amount of soul-searching, T.J. realized that the fast-pace of California was not for him so he returned back to his roots in Chiefland, Florida to focus on his song-writing.
T.J. released his first album on iTunes in 2010. His music reflects all of his experiences and personal growth covering a wide variety of genres. This project showcases how T.J.’s talent, drive and perseverance has lead him to become such an accomplished writer, vocalist and guitarist. These days, T.J. credits artists such as Corey Smith, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, James Morrison, old school R&B, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney for inspiration. Although you can pick out a hint of these artists in T.J.s music, T.J. has his own "brand" and is extremely unique.
T.J. now has a family of his own which has naturally caused him to shift gears a bit. He has taken his own magical, multi-genre style of music and incorporates into it the elements of love, happiness, good-health and need to pursue your dreams. T.J, in fact, is doing just that. He continues to be surrounded by his beautiful family as he continues to work on his music career; writing & performing every day and is now working with a successful team of people in Nashville to promote his music and take it to the next level.
It is apparent that all of this is working for T.J. and that talent prevails as he has made a living from performing and selling CDs for 7 years, since age 19. His music speaks to people and it is no wonder why. That is his goal. To touch people through his songs and help people through his music.
Brown adds "I hope to someday have my own record company and do artist development" working with others who wish to perfect their craft and share the same goals and aspirations. It is a way of giving-back which is extremely important to me.