"Until I put my guitars in this Reunion Blues case, I never really felt safe about gig bags. I was strictly a hardshell man. I can't say that now because I don't worry anymore. And with fellow artists like Blackbyrd McKnight, Buddy Guy, John 5, Robben Ford and Ernie Isley...who am I to question? - Thanx RB!"
Studio and stage are two very different worlds and not many musicians can be equally comfortable, and equally effective in both. Tomi transitions easily from studio to stage. This has helped develop his reputation as both a session guitarist and musical director for concert tours, television specials and feature film projects.
Producers and artists are comfortable and confident that he can help make a great record in the studio and then assemble and rehearse the musicians to take the record to the stage or screen.
Tomi draws on a background influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, John Lennon, David Foster, Billie Holliday, and Lenny Kravitz to blend rock, pop, R&B and hard funk into solid tracks with musical hooks that help make hit records.
His unique guitar work and creative support have been a huge part of successful records and world tours for such artists as John Legend, Natalie Cole, OutKast, Goodie Mob, Madonna, TLC, Michael Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Donnell Jones, Mista, En Vogue, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, The Indigo Girls, Mick Jagger, Monica, Fishbone, and T Pain.
To date, Tomi has played on 7 Grammy nominated albums, 5 of which are Grammy winners.