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Rise

by Tom Goss

Driven, percussive pop/rock inspired by tales of faith, love, hope and redemption.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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2. Rise
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3. Come Around
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4. A Thousand Times Before
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Rise, a new EP from singer/songwriter Tom Goss, will be released on January 8, 2008. The second CD from this soulful and energetic DC-based musician—whose former life as a Catholic seminarian gives him an unusual perspective on life and love—should win him new attention and fans.

The six songs on Rise showcase Goss’s stylistic flexibility. The urgent growl of “Morning Sun” dissolves into the anthemic title track, in which airy guitars soar above martial snares. Goss steps it up with the syncopated hip-shaker “Come Around” and then channels Let It Be-era McCartney for the somber piano spiritual “A Thousand Times Before.” Rounding out the disc are two love songs: “Bed of Clouds,” a dynamic ballad that juxtaposes tenderness and passion, and “King of Something Right,” a sparklingly beautiful yet unadorned declaration.

Echoing throughout is the theme of rebirth and renewal—a playlist for anyone traveling from darkness to light. It’s a journey the 26-year-old Goss recently made himself. He moved to DC in 2004 from his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin to attend seminary, but grew strongly disillusioned with religious life and made a soul-rending decision to leave. With his plans for the priesthood in tatters, a new self-awareness of his sexual orientation, and a desire to do meaningful work and music, Goss set about building a new life. The songs on Rise stem from that period of pain and reinvention.

Since April 2006, when he released his self-produced debut, Naked Without, Goss has been playing area coffeehouses, bars and showcases. For Rise, Goss assembled a strong musical and production team. His acoustic guitar and vocals are supported by Brian Goddard on bass/guitars and Raymond Yrure on drums/percussion, with Jim Dugan on guitars, keyboard, percussion and vocals and Jay “Mocha” Waller on sax and harmonica. Dugan co-produced the EP with Ben McCall, who engineered the album.


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Howard Stump

Great!
Tom Goss is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. And if he continues to put out music like this, he most definitely will be. The title song is amazing, an anthem to the human spirit, well-written and sung. The King Of Something Right is about as sweet as you want to hear. Truly, every song is worth listening to, and the EP worth owning.

I have been lucky enough to see Tom live a couple of times, and if you haven't, you should soon. And when you do, be sure to pick up a CD or two.

Jim Jenkins

A Solid Follow-Up
Okay...so I know Tom and it's kind of hard for me to review him because I can beat him at Wii...but he knows I'm one of the most critical people when it comes to music and I think most of what I hear on the radio is pure crap.

But with RISE, Tom definitely is progressing nicely as an artist. The song writing here is crisp and his uptempo songs beg you to keep listening. And while the production values here showcase his voice well, nothing he's recorded ever comes close to seeing Tom live. Funny, charming, and truly humbled by an audience's adoring applause, Tom is pure entertainment when you see him. If you ever see him playing in your town, you'd be a fool to miss out on such a great time. Imagine seeing a real musician who can sing live and play well these days--what a rarity! (Sorry Hannah fans but that child ain't live and she ain't right either!) In all seriousness, Tom is a musician to watch and it's worth it to invest in RISE and also go get NAKED WITHOUT if you haven't purchased that. Keep up the wonderful work, Tom!