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Tom Fuller

Tom Fuller


July 3 - 8:00 PM @ Uline Warehouse Stage

Tom Fuller

“Religion is for people who are scared of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there…and I’ve been there a few times.” – Tom Fuller, singer/songwriter and rock band leader.  

"Freedom" is the current album from Tom Fuller, showcasing his outstanding lyrics and emotional singing style. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and Chicago, Illinois, before being mixed at the historic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and mastered at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, "Freedom" features eleven songs about a life lived, built on a foundation of hard-earned wisdom, heartbreak, addiction, love, loss and hope.

Born and bred in Chicago, Tom’s "Freedom" album embodies the soul and creative energy of his hometown’s rich musical heritage. Combining the melodic pop-rock sensibilities of Cheap Trick and a will to evolve worthy of Wilco, "Freedom" also doffs its cap to Fuller’s love of classic English bands such as The Hollies and the Rubber Soul and Revolver-era Beatles.

When Tom was a boy he wanted to be two things: a businessman and a rocker. He grew up to be both. However, life’s obstacles would get in the way of a career in music until fifteen years ago, when Fuller discovered he could write songs that people wanted to hear. Fuller says, “That’s when I was able to take my music seriously.”

Ever since then he has worked with hit producer Rick Chudacoff, who over the years has helped create Tom Fuller’s unique sound. Fuller released his debut album "Chasing An Illusion" in 2005, and followed-up with 2008’s "Abstract Man" and 2011’s "Ask," of which the latter Tom recorded with two of Paul McCartney’s bandmates, drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. and guitarist Brian Ray. However, Fuller freely admits that, lyrically, it’s taken until now to put his cards on the table. “I’d been hiding behind metaphors, but with ‘Freedom’…now I’m taking you into my real life. I needed to wear my heart on my sleeve, but it isn’t always an easy thing to do.”

For Tom Fuller, the "Freedom" he refers to is from emotional pain: “I’ve had my fair share of encounters with alcohol and the ‘ism’ that follows that. It was my escape, but I went downhill and it soon became a choice between living or dying – and I didn’t have a chance until I heard the songs.”

The album’s title track, however, was the most difficult for the Windy City troubadour to write. Fuller reveals, “The real scary part was writing about my oldest child. There’s nothing worse than having a child you don’t have a relationship with. No matter what people tell you, you feel all alone, like you’re the only one dealing with this. The song is one heart crying out, saying ‘Hey, I need help. I don’t have all the answers.’”

Since the release of "Freedom," Tom Fuller has toured the country and the world showcasing his great musicality and outstanding songwriting.  Tom has received tremendous praise and accolades, including being named an official Taylor Guitars sponsored artist.  And, Tom Fuller is now the proud father of a wonderful, special, red-haired daughter named Molly.

While 2018 brought various challenges to Tom because of an accident that sidelined him and limited his playing and song-writing, Fuller is very excited for 2019.  Besides his daughter Molly, and a new dog that is Tom's unconditional best friend, Fuller is on a fantastic upward trend with other new positives in his life these days, especially with his music.  Indeed, there are many interesting surprises ahead for Tom Fuller fans, including a new version re-release and music video of Fuller's popular, catchy tune 'Doin' Nothing,’ a new album called “Waterfall” coming out in 2019, plus a corresponding national radio and online promotional campaign.  And look for outstanding performances ahead this year, including an April mini-tour opening for Tesla!  

Tom Fuller thanks fan for their patience and states, "I am ready to kick ass and rock the roof off 2019!  Now I have a new kind of freedom, plus a re-charged energy and attitude.  I promise you my new perspective and approach will come out in my new emotional songs and rockin' performances.  Happy New Year indeed!!"  




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