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Tom Slack

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Thomas Way Slack, Jr. (born June 13, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboardist, producer and recording artist.

Slack began playing music at the age of 8. By the time he was a teenager, Slack was playing six musical instruments; trumpet, piano, guitar, bass guitar, trombone and clarinet. Slack became student music director at London Central High School in London, England, where he was a classmate of Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, who later formed the band America. Slack also sang in the high school chorus and was picked to be the leader and tenor voice in the a cappella group of four singers called "The Madrigals".

Slack's early musical influences consisted of artists such as Frank Zappa, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa, Humble Pie and Emerson Lake and Palmer.

After moving from London to Los Angeles in 1972, Slack took music courses in Music Theory and Music Composition. In 1977 Slack began playing keyboards with well-known artists including Michael Jackson, Mick Fleetwood, Jody Watley, Howard Hewett and Shalamar.

In the early 1980s, Slack co-wrote music for the ABC hit sitcom show Full House and co-wrote music for Banner Street Films' thirty-minute short film The Sidewalk Motel by Rob Stone, who was known for Mr. Belvedere.

During this time, Slack co-founded the rock group Dreamer. He wrote and produced four songs for the EP titled Dreamer, which was released in 1982. It did quite well. Slack went back to Sound City Studios and wrote or co-wrote and recorded 10 more songs. In October 2008 AOR-FM Records based in the UK released these fourteen AOR songs on the CD We've Got the Power.

Also in 2008, Slack wrote, produced and recorded two solo albums, Coming of Age and Winds of Time, both instrumental blends of funk, jazz, R&B, rock and new age.

Slack released his first single "As Time Goes By" in July 2011, and in the same month was inducted into The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as a "voting member" for Instrumentalists, Producers, Songwriters, and Composers categories for the Grammy Awards.

His first vocal single release was "Spend The Night With You" in 2012.

^ Dreamer (1982), Glory Daze Music^ Dreamer – We've Got the Power, Glory Daze Music^ Dreamer – We've Got the Power, Rock Report^ Dreamer – We've Got the Power, Melodic Net

Awards[edit]

November 2011: The 21st Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA) "Producer's Choice Award" for Instrumental Single of the Year ("As Time Goes By")November 2011: LAMA Jazz Artist of the Year2012: LAMA Jazz Artist of the Year2013: "Let It Be Me" receives Hot AC Single by the 23rd Los Angeles Music Award.2013: Artists In Music Awards (AIMA) "Best Adult Contemporary Artist"