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|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).
After Stryper, Gaines played in Rex Carroll's project King James, along with Stryper alum Robert Sweet. He recorded with Tourniquet on their Crawl to China release as well. Afterward he formed SinDizzy with former Stryper guitarist Oz Fox, and released one album, He's Not Dead.
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, all former bandmates played a show in Central America, which led to a full-blown reunion later in 2000. These appearances led to a 2003 reunion tour and a new release, 7. Gaines spent April and May 2007 supporting Richard Marx on bass, touring the U.S., Dominican Republic, and Trinidad. 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 began endorsing Overture Guitars with a signature model, the Overture Stronghold TG Bass.