Tom Kimmel grew up largely in small towns in south Alabama. He attended public schools and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1975.
Kimmel is known as a songwriter, and his compositions have been recorded by many popular artists, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker and Randy Travis. His songs have also been featured in television series including Miami Vice, Touched by an Angel and Dawson’s Creek — and in films including Twins, Runaway Bride and Serendipity.
"That's Freedom", the lead track on his 5 to 1 album, was co-written by Kimmel. This song became a Top 10 hit for Australian singer John Farnham in late 1990.
He usually tours as a solo performer, and occasionally tours with the Sherpas, a trio he formed in 1994 with Michael Lille and Tom Prasada Rao. A new trio, the New Agrarians, was recently formed with Pierce Pettis and Kate Campbell.
He frequently teaches songwriting and creative expression at retreats and workshops, and in 2006, he published his first book of poems. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and daughter.
- 1987 – 5 to 1
- 1990 – Circle Back Home
- 1993 – Don't Look Back
- 1994 – Bones
- 1999 – Short Stories
- 2002 – Shallow Water
- 2003 – Honor Among Thieves (with The Sherpas)
- 2004 – Light of Day