RECORDING ARTIST | SONGWRITER | MUSIC PRODUCER
Tommy Funderburk has been intimately involved in the music industry for over thirtyyears. As a teenager, Tommy opened for many legendary artists including Otis Redding, The Isley Brothers (whose guitarist was then unknown Jimi Hendrix), Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Ike & Tina Turner, Booker T & the MGs, Sam and Dave, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Percy Sledge, and The Allman Brothers Band.
Tommy established his recording career as lead vocalist in the critically acclaimed group, Airplay, which included founding members David Foster and Jay Graydon. One of the defining albums of the ‘West Coast’ sound, the album featured the original recording of the classic number one song, After The Love Is Gone and is now regarded by fans as “The ‘Bible’ of West Coast Music.”
As a recording artist, songwriter and music producer for RCA, BMG, MCA, Polydor and Pioneer music labels, Tommy has performed on hundreds of recordings including many international and Grammy-winning hits by artists as diverse as Boston, Celine Dion, Jimmy Page, Andrae Crouch, Earth Wind and Fire, David Foster, Whitesnake, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Steve Lukather, David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Poison, Dwight Yoakam, Yes, T Bone Burnette, Tom Jones, ToTo, Bon Jovi, Henry Mancini, Rick Springfield, Julio Iglesias, Oliva Newton-John, Juice Newton, Chris Hillman, Barry Manilow, Lee Ritenour, Timothy B Schmidt, Heart, Rodney Crowell, Cher, Melissa Manchester, Spinal Tap, Elton John, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Money, Sheena Easton, Twisted Sister, Clint Black, Cheap Trick, Tracy Chapman, Steven Bishop, Nancy Griffith, Bad Company, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paul Young, Larry Carlton, Burt Bacharach, Bad Company, Manhattan Transfer, Pat Benatar, REO Speed Wagon, Motley Crue, Jefferson Starship, Al Jarreau, Chicago and many others.
Tommy and writing partner Martin Page penned the international hit, It’s Not Enough for Jefferson Starship, which was recognized as the “Most Played Rock Song” of 1991 by BMI.Tommy’s vocal work on the 11 million-selling international hit album, Whitesnake, brought him to work with Led Zeppelin founder, Jimmy Page on the multi-platinum Coverdale – Page CD. In 1993, Tommy was recruited by Tom Scholtz, founder of the supergroup Boston, to handle lead vocals on the band’s Walk On CD.
In 2016, Tommy founded Muzit, Inc., an online media company that employs both proprietary technology and a unique, fan-friendly business model to empower owners of copyrighted, digital content to identify and market directly to the vast, unmonetized global P2P community.
Tommy continues to write and record with his partner, Bruce Giatsch, for their band, King of Hearts, having released albums on the Chrysalis, Polydor and Pioneer labels. Their new album “King Of Hearts” released in the spring of 2020, features Toto producer, CJ Vanston (keys, Joe Cocker, Prince, Tears For Fears), Keith Carlock (drummer, Steely Dan, Sting), multi-Grammy winner John Patitucci (bass), Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and multi-Grammy winner Peter Cetera of Chicago.