Tom Brooks (music producer)
|Birth name||James Thomas Brooks|
|Born||October 31, 1954|
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
|Occupation(s)||Producer, arranger, engineer, keyboardist, music director, professor, conductor, author|
|Instruments||Piano, Hammond B-3, synthesizers|
|Labels||Integrity Music, Sony Music|
|Associated acts||Ron Kenoly, Alan Parsons, Don Moen, Chance the Rapper, Paul Baloche, Aline Barros, Paul Jackson Jr., Bob Fitts|
Tom Brooks (born October 31, 1954) is an American music producer, arranger, engineer, and conductor. He is keyboardist/Music Director for Alan Parsons and the ‘Alan Parsons Live Project’ and is the founding producer of Integrity Music and the Hosanna Music series distributed by Sony. For his production work Brooks has been awarded 6 Platinum Albums, 12 Gold Albums, a Grammy Award, and a GMA Dove Award. He is Director of the Center for Commercial Music at California Baptist University and Music Professor at Hope International University. His "Language of Music" book is published by Hal Leonard Publishing.
In 2019 Brooks conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv debuting his Prog-Rock arrangement of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The piece features Alan Parsons, Steve Hackett, Jake Shimabukuro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Nathan East, and Jeff Kollman. He performed for NASA at the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing with Neil Armstrong's son and debuted the "One Note Symphony", a song he orchestrated and co-wrote with Alan Parsons. He also launched the 'Center for Commercial Music', orchestrated for Saturday Night Live performances by Chance the Rapper, and for Kanye West's Sunday Service at Coachella.
In 2017 Brooks conducted the orchestra and choir at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, performing with three-time Grammy winner Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, and 40 other artists. His arrangement of Chris Tomlin’s How Great is Our God was broadcast world-wide on the CBS television network.
In 2018 Brooks performed with David Foster, Steve Vai, Katharine McPhee, Alan Parsons, and Sisterhood, along with Katy Perry, Kenny Loggins, Wilson Phillips, and Richard Marx at the "Kick Ash Bash"; a fund-raising concert event to assist victims of the Santa Barbara/Montecito fire and mudslide disaster.
In 2013, Brooks performed with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Parsons at Parque Pies Descalzos in Medellín, Colombia. The live concert DVD was released in 2016 titled, The Alan Parsons Symphonic Project.
In 2009 Tom performed for a crowd of 750,000 people at ‘The Experience’ event in Lagos, Nigeria along with Grammy winner Kirk Franklin, Ron Kenoly, Bebe & Cece Winans, Don Moen, Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, and other international artists. He also produced a live concert DVD of the event.
Brooks has produced 169 albums, 16 concert DVDs, 38 music training videos, and multiple choral and orchestral arrangements. He travels internationally as a keyboardist, seminar clinician, and orchestra conductor. He is a university professor and is Chief Engineer/owner of Master Recording Studios in Southern California.
While studying piano at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Tom served as Student Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and Assistant Conductor of the Bach Society, blending these classical influences with his rock roots. He involved symphony players in live rock events and pop studio recording sessions. He directed two broadway shows, performed at local rock venues, produced a series of children's albums titled "Super Gang!", and continued to write and produce music for advertising and corporate clients Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's, among others.
He also began to record and produce live music in area churches New Covenant Fellowship and Grace World Outreach Center where he worked with artists Kent Henry, Ron Tucker, Don Moen, Charlie & Jill LeBlanc, Jeff Hamlin, Carl & Leann Albrecht, and others who would later become key figures in his work. In 1983 Tom produced two seminal Praise & Worship albums, Behold His Majesty and Glory to the Lamb, the first recordings of their kind to capture live symphony orchestra and rock rhythm section with live Worship.
In 1984 these two albums came to the attention of New Wine Magazine, who offered to help market the recordings in their bi-monthly issues. As the magazine was preparing to shut down in 1985, the owners made a unique proposal to Brooks - they suggested that if he would continue to produce live Praise & Worship albums on a bi-monthly basis, they would offer their subscribers a new music album every 8 weeks instead of a magazine. Tom agreed and the "Hosanna Music" series was born. Tom went on to produce over 100 successful albums for Integrity's Hosanna Music, mostly recorded live in churches throughout the US and around the world. Notable among these are Lift Him Up, God Is Able, and Sing Out featuring Ron Kenoly and Give Thanks featuring Don Moen. While producing for Integrity, Brooks also created a series of instrumental albums, choral works, orchestral arrangements, and concert videos.
In 1985 Tom arranged and produced seven albums including All Hail King Jesus featuring Kent Henry, one of the largest selling Hosanna albums in Integrity Music's history. The album went on to be certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units.
Mighty Warrior with worship leader Randy Rothwell was produced by Brooks in 1987, featuring full orchestra blended with a pop-rock rhythm section. In that same year Tom also arranged and produced Experience PEACE, the first in the Hosanna Instrumental Series, which is currently used by Korean Airlines to underscore their in-flight entertainment.
Tom arranged and produced eight recordings in 1988 including "A Family Christmas" for Maranatha Music and Steadfast Love with Don Moen, and albums featuring Charlie LeBlanc, Marty Nystrom, and Joseph Garlington, plus 3 more instrumental albums including Experience JOY.
In 1990, Tom traveled to Scotland to produce Amazing Love with Graham Kendrick as well as Don Moen's fourth album Eternal God and the first Hosanna Christmas album. He also produced the Experience LOVE album and four others.
Ron Kenoly's first album, Jesus Is Alive was produced by Tom in 1991, along with Highest Place featuring Bob Fitts and 6 other live recordings. That same year, Tom was also producing sessions for Maranatha Music in Southern California and moved his studio operation to Orange County in August of ’91. The following day Tom flew to Australia to record All Nations Worship with Mark Conner, in Melbourne.
1992 saw several milestones; Tom arranged and produced Lift Him Up featuring Ron Kenoly at Chrysler Hall in Virginia. For the live recording Brooks brought together several world renowned Christian musicians including Abraham Laboriel, Chester Thompson, Alex Acuna, and Justo Almario. This was also the first live Hosanna concert video. Both the CD and DVD have been certified Gold by the RIAA. Tom also produced Worship with Don Moen and He Is Faithful, the first album featuring prolific songwriter Paul Baloche.
As tensions were riding high against the Apartheid system in 1993, Tom brought a team of 20 musicians and singers to South Africa for a goodwill tour and two ground-breaking live album recordings, Rejoice Africa featuring Lionel Petersen and We Are One with Tom Inglis. Both concert DVDs made powerful statements of unity with many differing cultural groups singing songs of peace side-by-side on stage together.
Tom arranged and produced another Gold album and DVD for Ron Kenoly in 1994 titled, God Is Able in Atlanta along with Revive Us Again featuring Alvin Slaughter and 6 more successful projects. He also began a musicians training institute at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
A highlight of 1995 was the recording of Sing Out, Tom's fourth album with Ron Kenoly. The album and DVD featured the ‘African Children's Choir’, a percussion parade, a song in three languages, another song with three drummers and virtuoso Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar. Both the CD and DVD have been certified Gold by the RIAA. Tom also arranged and produced Integrity's Christmas album, Bethlehem's Treasure that same year featuring Kelly Willard, Bob Fitts, and Lenny LeBlanc.
In 1996, Tom produced his fifth CD with Ron Kenoly, Welcome Home, which went on to receive a GMA Dove Award in 1997. He also produced Praise with Don Moen and 6 other album projects as well as touring again in Korea and South America.
Tom arranged and produced two live CDs and two concert DVDs in one night in 1998; Majesty featuring Ron Kenoly and God Is Good with Don Moen. The double concert was recorded at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia. He also recorded Gold for Lewis.
Tom brought a team of musicians to Rome, Italy in 1999 to record We Offer Praises with Ron Kenoly featuring legendary drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and the ‘Coro de Gloria’. That year also marked three more projects with Don Moen, More of You Lord, En Tu Presencia in Spanish featuring Brazilian artist Aline Barros, and the re-release of Give Thanks, making it one of the largest selling Integrity albums in their history. The WOW Worship series was also launched that same year eventually winning a Double Platinum award for Brooks.
On a tour of Asia in 2000 Tom produced two albums featuring Don Moen, The Mercy Seat recorded live in Singapore and Heal Our Land recorded live in Seoul with special guest Paul Wilbur. He also produced Mas De Ti in Spanish plus six other artist albums. The Songs 4 Worship series was launched that same year awarding Brooks with a Double Platinum Album in January 2002.
Less than one month after the September 11 attacks in 2001, Tom took 25 gifted musicians and singers to South Korea for a live recording and tour featuring Ron Kenoly, Kent Henry, Morris Chapman, Aline Barros, Rick Muchow, Sheila E., Jeff Deyo, and more. The live recording in Seoul brought a crowd of 69,000 to Yeouido Plaza and the tour ended with a historic concert at the DMZ, the border with Communist North Korea.
In 2002 Tom arranged and produced the "American Worship Gathering", a live Concert event at the Washington Monument featuring Tommy Walker, Jeff Deyo, Don Moen, Bob Fitts, Lenny LeBlanc, Rick Muchow, Sheila E., along with Pastors Louie Giglio and Rick Warren. Tom was also featured on the album "Songs for a Purpose Driven Life" based on Rick Warren's best selling book.
During a tour of Europe in 2003 with ‘Abe Laboriel & Friends’, Tom played and produced a live jazz/world music album with Abe, Paul Jackson Jr, and Vinnie Colaiuta called Live in Switzerland. That year also marked the release of two more Don Moen albums, God Will Make A Way and Trono de Gracia plus iWorship - a Total Worship Experience that has received a Platinum Album sales award.
Tom brought a Team to Madrid Spain in 2004 to produce Alabanza y Adoracion featuring Marcos Vidal along with Luis Conte, Chester Thompson, Abe Laboriel, and Paul Jackson Jr. He also produced Live at Shadow Mountain, a concert DVD featuring Charles Billingsley and Face to Face introducing new artist Cindy Diane.
In 2005 Brooks performed at Angel Stadium with Saddleback Church during their 25th anniversary celebration. In that same year the Lift Him Up Collection was released featuring Tom's productions and many of Ron Kenoly's best-loved songs. Tom also wrote and began to teach from his “Language of Music” program, a contemporary approach to music theory. He performed and conducted Seminars in Italy, Spain, Germany, and Latvia.
Tom arranged and produced Brazilian artist Baby do Brasil in 2006 for her debut Christian album I Am Free. He wrote and produced theme music for the television program "Turning Point" and also recorded a training DVD titled Keyboard Master Class at the Christian Musicians Summit in New York; teaching the Seminar in Korea, China, Japan, and Singapore.
In 2007 Tom arranged and produced Great is The Faithfulness in French with Swiss worship artist Gilbert Chellembron along with 5 other albums. He also released The Language of Music training DVD and performed concerts/clinics with Abe Laboriel, Paul Jackson Jr, Vinnie Colaiuta, Kirk Whalum in Italy and Spain.
Brooks toured South Korea in 2008 with Sheila E and Hillsong artist Miriam Webster. Tom produced Del Corazon introducing Lucia Parker featuring duets with Darlene Zschech and Ron Kenoly. The album was nominated for a GMA Dove Award and a Latin Grammy Award in 2009.
In 2009 Brooks arranged and produced Hymns of Peace, an instrumental collection featuring Paul Jackson Jr., Abe Laboriel, Tony Guerrero, and Greg Vail. Tom performed at the Greek Theatre in the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert along with Steve Lukather from Toto and Earth, Wind, & Fire. He also produced Everlasting Love with Lucia Parker and Christmas with Ron Kenoly.
Tom produced a concert DVD in 2009–2010 at 'The Experience' festival in Lagos Nigeria with 750,000 in attendance. The celebration featured Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Phil Driscoll, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, and artists from all over Africa. He also arranged and produced two Christmas albums including My Treasure with Bob Fitts and Christmas - a Love Story featuring Lucia Parker.
The Language of Music, Brooks’ contemporary theory book was first published by Hal Leonard Publishing in 2011. Integrity also released With a Thankful Heart, a Don Moen collection featuring Tom's arranging and production work. He also toured in Africa, France, and South Korea performing and teaching.
In 2012 Tom traveled to Brazil to arrange and perform with Aline Barros for her 20 Anos celebration CD and DVD featuring Michael W. Smith. He performed in concert along with Phil Keaggy and Lincoln Brewster in Seattle and presented his "Language of Music" seminar at the CMS conference, He also produced Your Presence Is Heaven, a live recording in Seoul Korea and recorded God My Rock for Brenton Brown. To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Integrity Music released 25 Songs that Changed the Way We Worship featuring many of Tom's productions.
On August 31, 2013, Brooks performed with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Parsons at Parque Pies Descalzos in Medellín, Colombia. The live concert DVD was released in 2016 titled, The Alan Parsons Symphonic Project. Tom also performed in concert at CERN with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Alan Parsons Project. The event celebrated the recent discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle by the physicists at CERN utilizing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located on the French-Swiss border and operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Later in 2013 Brooks presented his "Keyboard Master Class" at the Christian Musicians Summit conference in Seattle WA also performing with the Blues Counsel and guitarist Dave Cleveland. That same year the Ultimate Collection of Don Moen's music was released featuring Tom's production work. He also arranged and produced his fifth album with Lucia Parker and a new project for Bill & Renee Morris. Tom performed with The Alan Parsons Project in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and South America.
In 2014 Brooks began production with Tiago Costa on Vivo Estas featuring Aline Barros singing in both Spanish and English. Tom performed in Anaheim CA with Paul Baloche and Hillsong artist Mia Fields. Tom also worked on projects with Brandon Muchow, Saddleback Worship, Tim Davis, Ron Walters, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Lincoln Brewster, Vinnie Colaiuta, Aline Barros, Jane Lynch from Hollywood Game Night, David Pack of Ambrosia, In Response Music, Bill & Renee Morris, and long-tike collaborator Walt Harrah. He performed concerts with the Alan Parsons Project throughout the US and conducted the Clearwater Symphony Orchestra. That same year Marcos Witt recorded his album Sigues Siendo Dios at Brooks’ Master Recording Studios in Southern California.
On March 21, 2015 Brooks performed at Angel Stadium in Anaheim CA as Saddleback Church celebrated their 35th anniversary. Tom also started a new project with Marcos Vidal, plus work with Paul Jackson Jr., Phil Sillas, Disney, Tom Kubis, Art Dragon, American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, Paul Baloche, Busch Gardens, Ron Alayra, Tim Gill, and 6-time Grammy winner Aline Barros. He performed at the annual Convoy of Hope fundraiser with David Pack of Ambrosia, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, John Elefante of Kansas, Jim Peterik of Survivor, Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger and Bobby Kimball of Toto. Brooks also conducted the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra with Alan Parsons and performed concerts throughout Europe and South America.
In November 2016 Brooks received the Latin Grammy Award for "Christian Album of the Year" for Marcos Vidal - 25 Años. Tom's studio production work included collaborations with Ray Sidney, The All American Boys Chorus, The Tommy Coomes Praise Band, David Pack, Jane Lynch, Lawrence Guna, Marco Palos Big Band, Tim Gill, Casey Marshall, Donald Lopez, and Bosendorfer Artist Daniela Salinas. Live concert performances with Alan Parsons included cities across the US plus shows in Buenos Aires Argentina, Santiago Chile, Lima Peru, Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona, where the group sang Parsons’ "La Sagrada Familia" at Antonio Gaudi’s striking cathedral of the same name.
2017 began for Brooks with an Alan Parsons Project Tour in New Zealand followed by the Grammy Awards performance where Tom arranged and conducted a live orchestra on Chance the Rapper’s version of How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin. Tom also arranged, produced, and recorded new projects for German artist Deborah Rosenkranz, Italian artist Jonathan Cilia Faro, veteran singer Crystal Lewis, and the Saddleback Worship Team. He performed in Brasil with Ron Kenoly and toured Europe, Israel, and the US with Alan Parsons.
Brooks conducted the Clearwater Symphony and the Mexico City Philharmonic in 2018 while touring South America, Europe, and throughout the US with The Alan Parsons Project. He performed with David Foster, Steve Vai, Katharine McPhee, Alan Parsons, and Sisterhood, along with Katy Perry, Kenny Loggins, Wilson Phillips, and Richard Marx at the "Kick Ash Bash"; a fund-raising concert event to assist victims of the Santa Barbara/Montecito fire and mudslide disaster. He performed with Parsons along with The Moody Blues, The Zombies, and Ambrosia on the Moody Blues Cruise, while producing studio projects for Chance the Rapper, the MistleTones, Peter Cottontale, Phat Cat Swinger, Disney, David Pack, the All-American Boys Chorus, and the Art & Science of Sound Recording.
Awards and achievements
6 Platinum Albums certified by the RIAA including WOW Worship-Blue", and Songs4Worship.
12 Gold Albums certified by the RIAA including Give Thanks featuring Don Moen and Lift Him Up featuring Ron Kenoly.
Latin Grammy Award for Marcos Vidal - 25 Años.
GMA Dove Award for Welcome Home featuring Ron Kenoly.
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