Tommie Brewster – the soulful voice of blues
I have been a musician all my life and cannot remember a time
when I didn’t play piano. I started before I was 4 years old
and studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music
in London, playing several other instruments also.
At home, my influences were many from jazz to ragtime, from
swing to reggae, from rock to heavy metal but it was always
blues that spoke loudest to me in my heart and soul and it was
always my dream to write, play and sing my own blues music.
Every musician absorbs influences and I am no exception, but I do
not knowingly emulate or imitate anyone – I just write my blues
the way I hear it in my heart and my head.
I also had a dream to produce my own music which I have now
achieved and with the help of some very professional final
mastering I am pleased with the finished product. I write
my music in the oldfashioned way, on manuscript and the lyrics
come to me along with the melody as a complete package.
I record also in as authentic a way as I can – no samples,
loops, tweaks – if I make a mistake in playing the piano part, then
I start at the beginning and do it all again!!
I play piano, sax, clarinet, harmonica, organ and a few other things.
I have a catalog of original songs of around 250 now – with only a fraction of them released and it just goes on and on………………..
I was inducted into the USA Blues Hall of Fame in 2010 as Ambassador to New Zealand which is a great honor and I display my logo proudly and have been number one blues artist for my native New Zealand for
almost three years now.
Just recently, I hit the Top Ten of the Roots Music Report in the Blues chart with my first album In The Making – this is a huge achievement for me as I sit there above such greats as Etta James, Elvin Bishop, Los Lonely Boys with my own self produced music.
The track Can’t Leave You Alone from this album was released as my first ever single in October 2008 and immediately went to number 7 in the Reverbnation blues chart and is still in there! – I have had great responses to all my subsequent single releases and this has all helped me to remain at Number One Blues artist nz on Reverbnation.
Subsequent releases such as You’re A Liar, You Put Your Hands On Me, Break It To Me Gently in the blues genre, Come Here To Me & Over and Done which have a strong soul feel and the hugely successful Earthcry, speaking of my feelings about our planet and its many problems keep me on radio playlists in several different styles.
Global Thunda Network of the Australian Broadcasting Network
honored me by awarding the Inaugural Independent Artist Award for New Zealand 2010 to ME!!
The Jazz Network Worldwide did me the honor of featuring me as the first ever Indie Blues artist to be featured on their site and the first Blues artist ever to ‘open’ the site ! These spotlighted my songs ‘You’re A Liar’ and ‘Won’t See Me For Dust’.
I also had the distinction of having three number one placings in the Finals Charts at Song Vault usa in three separate genres, simultaneously and was the first artist to gain three consecutive months as Blues Artist of the Month on Our Stage.com.
Voted Blues Vocalist #2 nationally on the Australian sits Mp3.com
Music & production of my tracks brought me a nomination on GHP Radio for a radio Grammy.
Global Jazz Network added me to its Hall of Fame under
Legends and All Stars group
Other Features/Other Genres:
II have been featured and spotlighted on many sites including, the Artsees Diner magazine http://artseesdiner.com/OpenMicNight.html
as Arzuk Artist of the Month, Inspiring Artists Feature of the Month,
and most recently as a feature guest of Diana Broomfield on her
and by Regina Swarn on her Entertainment and Media site:
Non blues releases have been selected for compilation albums by Melodic Revolution Records, by Womens Radio and by World Class Talents.
My song Red Red Rose from the poem by Robert Burns the Scottish poet, gained me an honorary membership of the Royal Scottish Robert Burns Society.
The song Good Day was selected by Doug Stephan, host of the USA
radio show ‘good day’ for airplay regularly on that channel.
My radio show ‘Tommie Talks Music’ is focused on people who inspire me, with their lives, their passions and what drives them. Often this can be a musician but not always and the show has proved hugely popular, now syndicated over 7 different radio stations in the USA/UK and New Zealand.
My Contributing Editor’s Page at Womens Radio gives you news of me:
whilst my Archived shows gives you on demand access to listen to my conversations:
I also now have a daily show on The Zeus Radio Network in the USA each weekday from 12-1pm Eastern time . Very proud of all this………
And I am equally proud to be an Ambassador for the anti-child trafficking UK Charity Act Against Injustice
I also create and perform Spoken Word which can be heard on the dedicated website
Several of my videos have gained awards for creativity and content :
view them on http://www.youtube.com/tommiebrewster
With a catalog of so many unreleased songs and an unrelenting drive of creativity that keeps me writing songs almost every day of my life, the time has come to release
the next album. This will be a double album with one CD of new tracks and one CD of some singles already released but not yet gathered together.
In addition, work continues on a ‘rock opera’ for which all the music is written and in place with merely the stageplay to complete. Given a backer for this project, I am excited about the prospect of seeing it come to reality on the stage in London.
I also intend a tour of the USA in late Fall 2011 to visit the many venues and radio stations who have invited me so many times.
So many!! To friends, fans, radio hosts, and most of all to you reading this now………
My love affair with my music is a wonderful if sometimes exhausting
relationship - but I love every single minute of it.
I write and play music every day of my life. It never stops.
Music is my life after all.
You can`t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music. - Billie Holiday
"In the last 4 years or so I have met many musicians, singers, writers, composers and arrangers, but every now and again, I have come across a soul in it for the sake of the music. The most recent being Tommie Brewster. Let’s hear it for Queen of the Blues of New Zealand Ms Tommie Brewster "
- Diana Broomfield, WDGP Radio (May 12, 2011)
"Hello Tommie, thanks for blessing my Music & Films Network with your music! Everytime i stop by your beautiful page there & hear you singing the song Earth Cry it touches my heart! I love your voice....Thanks for sharing your music with me & my Network....I also posted the Feature story up there (I want everyone to see it)...."
- Regina Swarn, Regina Swarn Music & Entertainment com (May 05, 2011)
"I know the feeling...excellent new blues...Great song...great performance... You're A Liar"
- ImRadio Reviewer, IMRadio Reviewer (May 06, 2010)
"Love the 'feelings' expressed in this song!! Great work!! Can't Leave You Alone"
- Calley Daniel, IMRadio Reviewer (Jul 27, 2010)
"It is true, this is wonderful music. Great playing, great writing, great singing, and heart wrenching lyrics. Those lips sing such sweet melodies in this lifetime. Don't walk away, please stay around, and play some more for us. Song Name: Won't See Me For Dust "
- ProgRockDan1, ImRadio Reveiwer (Dec 03, 2010)
" Tommie, you are deserving of every accolade you receive and more. I'm so grateful our paths have crossed. Not only are you an incredibly talented musician, you're also an extraordinarily kind person and as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. You get what you give. No wonder you're loved by so many!"
- Kay VanHoesen, Here Women Talk.com (Jan 21, 2011)
"Well well well the pleasure is ours, you and your music are a great sample of talent, we are very proud to have you between our friends and my ears a really luck to be able to enjoy your music and the music of the rest of our Artist of the Week all you guys really are a joy to the ears. Thanks Tommie"
- Gonzo Armades, Arzuk Productions Artist of the Week (Jan 20, 2011)
"New Zealand’s Tommie Brewster brings a beautiful voice and a blues sensibility to her music. Songs like “Won’t See Me For Dust”, “Break It to Me Gently”, and “How Wrong Could I Be” make you want to sit in a saloon with a drink and listen to Tommie sing all night long. How much we’d love to fly across the world and watch her perform! Till then, listen to her on IMRadio! MC Rydel"
- MC Rydel, IMRadio Reviewer (Jan 17, 2011)
" We here at IMRadio have ninteen of Tommie Brewster's outstanding songs in our radio rotation. We have fun airing all of Tommie's music! You too can enjoy Tommie Brewster's music here on IMRadio! peace, Paddy Noonan, IMRadio, Founder and Musician"
- Paddy Noonan, IMRAdio (Jan 17, 2011)
"Gonzalo Arzamendi It has being a pleasure to have you as Arzuk Artist of the Week with that great song EartHcry really great and many complements to that song we got from our friends Congratulations and thanks for the opportunity to set your song on our progra Arzuk Artist of the Week. "
- Gonzo Arzamendi, Arzuk Productions Featured Artist site (Jan 04, 2011)
"Tommie Brewster,gifted musician, spoken word artist and poet.While known for her blues and music from the heart,she is extrodinary when it comes to blending her music with her poetry. Her soothing, emotive voice brings to life the heart and passion of her soul.Tommie Brewster is one of those few people who are capable of capturing the rhythm of the human experience and transcending it into a language that all can understand."
- Mary LaLuna, Artsees Diner (May 17, 2010)
"Hi Tommie your very welcome, it is a pleasure to feature you on the Brick- I have to say I have never heard anyone or anybody sing or write songs like you do. you put the moments into your songs and that is what makes you different and different is very good. Honestly I was trying to pick out a few least fave and it is was hard to do, Dakota"
- Dakota Williams, Dakota's Inspiring Artist (Oct 19, 2009)
"I clearly remember the evening that Tommie Brewster arrived in The Jazz Network. She shared her love for music to me as well as her inner fervor to share her music with not only her own heart but to the world. I was inspired and caused to challenge her in spirit. As you’ve read above, the acolades she has recently received across the board on various music portals. I’m proud of Tommie, I wanted to share her heart with all of you, she’s worked hard to present herself, is open to all kinds of mentoring to find more creative thoughts through her conversation musically. This is a different kind of feature for it is two-fold. It was a goal Tommie had, is touched by the experience and it makes my heart glad to give her this opportunity to share her heart to us by being inspired by us all. Enjoy the ride Tommie, feels good to fly doesn’t it? Keep giving your warm and gentle heart to the world. We hear it."
- Jaijai Jackson, The Jazz Network Worldwide.com (Feb 01, 2010)
GTN would like to congratulate Tommie Brewster for her success to date as an independent artist and wish her further success in the years to come. GTN would like to present the inaugural Global Thunda Network Independent Artist Honour [New Zealand] 2010 to Tommie Brewster in recognition for her efforts in self promotion of her own original music and particularly the BLUES. "
- Global Thunda, Global Thunda Network
"She fills your heart with a silver lining of red roses with her ethereal voice hitting the high notes to bring chills down your spine. Picturing her sitting alone at her piano running her fingers lightly over the keys brings tears to my eyes as I visualize her standing on the green hills of her homeland singing to all of God's creatures as the sun slowly rises from the sea. If you don't know her please go to the following address and listen to her as she brings her magical voice to your soul.
- Mike Houston, MySpace blog (Aug 07, 2009)
"THE JAZZ NETWORK WORLDWIDE > > come to the network and hear yourself opening up the site. The first time ever for a Blues artist on here."
- Jaijai Jackson, The Jazz Network Worldwide (Dec 14, 2008)
The artists I play on my blues/soul show - They were graced to be in your company! Virgil"
- Virgil Carr, Parkway Radio soul through the night (Sep 13, 2009)
" "ME TOOOOOOOOO THANKS ALL PEOPLE FROM RADIO FOX THANKING YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL SONG " GRAZIE A TE DI AVER SCELTO ED ACCETTATO LA NOSTRA AMICIZIA AMICA MIA SPECIALE"
- Antonella pampolini, Radio Fox International (Dec 20, 2009)
"keep knockin'em dead Tommie! your music is great... it touches EVERYONE!!!"
- J R Moreno, Wykkyd Bru Radio (Aug 14, 2009)
Well, well Done Tommie. I'm so happy for you. You are sounding stronger the higher you go. Ride the wave baby. If by some miracle you can get to Glasgow Scotland on the 28th July you'd wow them for sure. Luvya."
- MIke Ogletree, The Robert Burns Society (Jul 09, 2009)
"I'm listening to the most incredible vocalist that God placed on this earth!"
- Janet Thompson-Deaver, Morgana Red (Mar 06, 2009)
http://www.tommiebrewster.com my main website
http://www.tommietalking.com my spoken word website
http://reverbnation.com/tommiesingah my music website
My music is available at the Reverbnation Store http://www.reverbnation.com/store/index/artist_299688
Also on YouTube