||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2011)|
|Born||December 15, 1962|
|Origin||Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|Genres||Christian metal, hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals|
|Associated acts||Stryper, Sindizzy, King James, Bryan Duncan|
Being a Sunset Strip regular, Tim joined the band in 1983, and quickly rounded out the quartet's sound with his bass, background vocals and keyboard skills. Gaines recorded the band's debut EP The Yellow and Black Attack and their follow up full-length album Soldiers Under Command in 1985.
Gaines briefly left the band during the pre-production period of the band's platinum selling album To Hell with the Devil but rejoined the band after the sessions were concluded in order to tour. Gaines did not play on the band's follow up In God We Trust but did tour in support of the album.
Gaines contributions to the band's next release Against the Law were evident in his playing on the release but he did not play on the band's cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star" (The track was recorded by Randy Jackson).
In his post-Stryper career, Gaines continued contributing to the musical world with appearances in Rex Carroll's post-Whitecross initiative -- King James—along with Robert Sweet, formerly of Stryper. Gaines went on to record a very memorable guest track with Tourniquet on their Crawl to China release as well. Following this activity Gaines joined former Stryper guitarist, Oz Fox, in Gaines and Fox's SinDizzy. The band proved to be a very lively, and charismatic group releasing one album titled He's Not Dead. Gaines' bass playing was showcased in a manner which allowed enthusiasts a chance to hear him play in a very different way than he had in previous projects. In 1996 Gaines also began co-contributing with singer/songwriter (and soon-to-be future wife), Irene Kelly. The two would go onto to work on releases in Gaines' free time away from SinDizzy.
It was Gaines' involvement in SinDizzy with Fox which lead to a partial Stryper reunion in 1999 at a concert in Puerto Rico where both Sindizzy and Stryper frontman, Michael Sweet were invited. Later, they were asked to play a festival in Central America in 2000 with Sweet. All former bandmates joined each other on stage and performed for a crowd in excess of 10,000 spectators ushering in the opportunity for a full blown reunion later in 2000 at the first annual 'Stryper Expo' with Robert Sweet joining his former bandmates.
The success of these appearances led to a 2003 reunion tour and a new release (Stryper's 7) which would see the band tour and play venues around the nation. The concept of what became the art cover for 7 was Gaines'.
Gaines spent April and May 2007 touring the U.S., Dominican Republic, and Trinidad, with singer/songwriter Richard Marx as bass player. August 15, 2008 Gaines was on stage with Tourniquet at the Flevo Festival.
In the fall of 2009 Gaines released his first solo effort entitled Breakfast @ Timothy's.
On September 6, 2011, Gaines officially signed on as an endorser for Overture Guitars for his signature model, the Overture Stronghold TG Bass. On January 19, 2012, Gaines showed the unveiling of his new signature model to the public in Anaheim, California at the annual Winter NAMM show.