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's musical talent shone, and he was picked to be student music director at London Central High School in London, England, where he was a classmate of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Bunnell Dewey Bunnell and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Beckley 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 such artists as Frank Zappa, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa, Humble Pie, Emerson Lake and Palmer, etc.
After moving from London to Los Angeles in 1972, Slack took music courses in Music Theory and Music Composition to expand his knowledge and to prepare himself for a career in the music industry. In 1977 Slack began playing keyboards with such music legends like the world renowned https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Fleetwood, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jody_Watley, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hewett, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalamar to name a few.
In the early 1980s, Slack co-wrote music for the ABC hit sitcom show Full House and co-wrote music for a thirty-minute short film by "Mr. Belvedere" claim-to-fame, Rob Stone, for Banner Street Films, "The Sidewalk Motel".
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, co-wrote and recorded 10 more songs.
October 2008 AOR-FM Records based in the UK released these fourteen AOR classic compositions in a Dreamer Limited Collector's Edition 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.
July 2011, Slack's musical prominence soared even higher with the release of his single AS TIME GOES BY and he becomes inducted into The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as a "voting member" for Instrumentalists, Producers, Songwriters, and Composers categories for The GRAMMYS.
November 2011, The 21st Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA) gives Slack the "Producer's Choice Award" for INSTRUMENTAL SINGLE OF THE YEAR (As Time Goes By) and JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR.
2011 thru 2013 Slack received 4 Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA) recognizing his creative talents for producing and songwriting, as well as having the LAMA title of 2011, 2012 Jazz Artist of the Year.
Slack debuted his singing ability with his 2012 single releases "Spend The Night With You" which was up for a 55TH GRAMMY Nomination and "Missing You" which was up for three 55TH GRAMMY Nominations.
2013 Slack puts out two more singles "Dance With Me" and "Let It Be Me" and the Recording Academy puts these two songs up for a total of six 56TH GRAMMY Nominations. "Let It Be Me" receives Hot AC Single by the 23rd Los Angeles Music Award.
Slack also receives 2013 Artists In Music Awards (AIMA) "Best Adult Contemporary Artist" accolades.
Slack's March 2014 single release "Right The Wrong" is up for four 57TH GRAMMY Nominations.