Tom Howard (musician)

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Tom Howard
Also known asDorian
Born(1950-02-23)February 23, 1950
DiedJanuary 29, 2010(2010-01-29) (aged 59)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresJesus music, contemporary Christian, Christian meditation music
Instrument(s)Piano, vocals
Years active1977–2010
LabelsSolid Rock, NewPax, A&S, Maranatha!, Myrrh, Word, Media Arts Group, Unison, Vineyard Music

Tom Howard (February 23, 1950 – January 29, 2010)[1][2] was an American pianist, musical arranger and orchestral conductor.

In 1983, Howard helped the rock band Daniel Amos form the Alarma! Records label.

On January 29, 2010, Howard suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking at Edwin Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Dori.[3]



  • View from the Bridge, 1977, Solid Rock Records
  • Danger in Loving You, 1981, NewPax Records
  • One by One, Tom Howard & Billy Batstone, 1985, A&S Records/Maranatha! Music
  • The Harvest, (Colours Series), 1985 Maranatha! Music (reissued in 2001 on Maranatha!'s Sanctuary series under the title Reflection)
  • The Hidden Passage, Tom Howard Ensemble, 1986, Maranatha! Music (reissued on Maranatha!'s Sanctuary series under the title Shelter)
  • Solo Piano, 1987, Horizon/Maranatha! Music (reissued in 2000 on Maranatha!'s Sanctuary series under the title Serenity and on Ambient Records' Emerging Artist Series as Flight to Boston renaming some of the titles.)
  • Bamboo in Winter, 1991, Myrrh Records
  • Beyond the Barriers, 1992, Word Records/Epic Records
  • Hymns of Jesus, 1996, Straightway
  • Hymns of Comfort, 2002 Campus Productions/Lifescapes
  • RE:fresh You Satisfy, 2006 Shelter Cove Music (two CDs)
  • RE:fresh In The Quiet Place, 2006 Shelter Cove Music
  • Breathe, 2006, Vineyard Music
  • Our Love Is Here to Stay, 2007 Shelter Cove Music
  • RE:fresh Near to the Heart of God, 2007 Shelter Cove Music
  • Scenes from the Life of Christ, 2009 Ligonier Ministries
  • Tom Howard – Piano Christmas: Fifteen Classic Piano Carols, 2009, Kingsway Music

For Thomas Kinkade[edit]

  • Reflections of Light, 1998, Media Arts Group
  • This Quiet Place, 1999, Media Arts Group
  • Mountain Vistas, 1999, Media Arts Group
  • Christmas Traditions, 1999, Media Arts Group

Repackaged under Thomas Kinkade set entitled Seasons: Peace & Love[edit]

In this set the following renames apply.

  • Tranquil Autumn is Reflections of Light
  • Celebration of Winter is Christmas Traditions
  • Sounds of Spring is This Quiet Place
  • Reflections of Summer is Mountain Vistas

Under pseudonyms[edit]

as Dorian

  • Passage to Adventure, 1999, Unison Music
  • Passage to Tranquillity, 1999, Unison Music
  • Passage to Mystery, 1999, Unison Music
  • Passage to Peace, 1999, Unison Music
  • Passage to Joy, 1999, Unison Music
  • Passage to Romance, 1999, Unison Music

Selected contributions[edit]

  • Streams of White Light Into Darkened Corners, Larry Norman, 1977, Piano, Harmonies.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land, Salvation Air Force, 1977, Piano.
  • Freedom Flight, James Sundquist, 1977, Piano, Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Strings, Horn Arrangement, Production Assistance.
  • Lead Me Home, Dave Mattson, 1978, Piano, Fender Rhodes.
  • Through Every Storm, Emmaus Road, 1978, String Arrangements.
  • Stagecoach, Dennis Litchfield, 1978, String Arrangements.
  • You Turn Me Around, The Sharretts, 1978, Songwriter.
  • Come Back Soon, Various (featured on two tracks by Stratton/Howard Band), 1978.
  • Sunday Drivers, The Eli Band, 1979, Keyboards, Vocal Assistance, Production (two tracks).
  • Gentle Touch, Gerry Limpic, 1979.
  • Stumbling Heavenward, Salmond and Mulder, 1979, Acoustic and Electric Piano.
  • Paint Your Windows White (45 RPM Single), Malcolm Wild and the Band "Samuel", 1979, O.B.X. Synthesizer.
  • Greenbelt Live! Original Soundtrack Recording , Various (featured on two tracks by Randy Stonehill and Larry Norman), 1979, Keyboards.
  • Appalachian Melody, Mark Heard, 1979, Keyboards and Orchestration.
  • Fingerprint, Mark Heard, 1980, Piano and Synthesizer.
  • Roll Away the Stone, Larry Norman, 1980, Piano.
  • The Sky is Falling, Randy Stonehill, 1980, Orchestration, Piano, Moog, Keyboards.
  • Taste and See, Rob Mehl, 1980, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals.
  • From His Heart And Mine, Holly Faith, 1980, Keyboards.
  • Arrowhead, Wayne Johnson, 1980, Vocals.
  • Rebel to the Wrong, Dennis Agajanian, 1981, Keyboards, Backing Vocals.
  • Back to the Rock, Various (featured on one track by Rob Mehl), 1981.
  • Between the Glory and the Flame, Randy Stonehill, 1981, Songwriter, Synthesizer String Arranger, Piano, Harmonium, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals.
  • This Side of Heaven (Milk & Honey), Beau MacDougall, 1981, Keyboards.
  • Stop the Dominoes, Mark Heard, 1981, Keyboards.
  • Victims of the Age, Mark Heard, 1982, Keyboards.
  • Red Alert, Malcolm and the Mirrors, 1982, Keyboards.
  • Praise Six: Come and Sing Praises, Various Artists, 1982, Songwriter.
  • Bye Bye Baby/Look My Way, The Crosstones, 1982, String Arrangements.
  • Eye of the Storm, Mark Heard, 1983, Keyboards.
  • Equator, Randy Stonehill, 1983, Keyboards, Choir and Background Vocals.
  • Doppelganger, Daniel Amos, 1983, Keyboards.
  • Film at Eleven, Pat Terry, 1983, E-mu Systems Emulator, Voice Programming, and Emulator Arranger.
  • Back to the Rock #2, Various, 1983, Backing Vocals (featured on one track by Bill Batstone).
  • Closer, Wendell Burton, 1983, Synthesizers.
  • The Vision, Darrell Mansfield, 1983, Keyboards, Background Vocals.
  • Tried by Fire, George Nasif, 1983, Keyboards.
  • The Wedding Album, Various Artists, 1983, Arranger, Songwriter.
  • Psalms Alive!, Maranatha! Singers, 1983, Songwriter.
  • Praise Seven, Various Artists, 1984, Vocals, Songwriter.
  • Psalms Alive! 2, Calvary Chapel Worship Community, 1984, Songwriter, Producer.
  • Let the World Rejoice! A Musical Celebration of Christmas, Various Artists, 1984, Producer, Arranger, Conductor.
  • Quiet Night, Larry Norman, 1984, Songwriter.
  • Celebrate This Heartbeat, Randy Stonehill, 1984, Songwriter, Orchestration, Arranger, Piano, Synthesizers, Tympani, Background Vocals.
  • Ashes and Light, Mark Heard, 1984, Synthesizer.
  • Mosaics, Mark Heard, 1985, Synthesizer.
  • Love Beyond Reason, Randy Stonehill, 1985, Songwriter.
  • Dreams, Tales and Lullabies, David Edwards, 1985, Orchestration.
  • Heart of Eternity, Wendell Burton, 1985, Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Keyboards, Background Vocals.
  • Fight the Fight, Various Artists, 1985, Choir Vocals.
  • Psalms Alive! 3, Maranatha! Singers, 1986, Songwriter, Producer, Choir Arrangements, Tracking.
  • Rejoice! Rejoice! Inspiring orchestral renderings of the world's best-loved Christmas caroles, Various Artists, 1986, Producer, Arranger, Conductor, Piano, Pipe Organ, Auxiliary Keyboards.
  • Way Back Home, Phil Keaggy, 1986, String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement.
  • The Wild Frontier, Randy Stonehill, 1986, Synthesizer, Arranger.
  • Knowledge & Innocence, Terry Scott Taylor, 1986, Background vocals.
  • A Briefing for the Ascent, Terry Scott Taylor, 1987, Background Vocals.
  • Abba – 18 Songs to the Father, Various Artists, 1988, Songwriter.
  • Hallelujah: 16 Songs of Joyful Boasting, Various Artists/The Maranatha Singers, 1988, Orchestration.
  • Until We Have Wings, Randy Stonehill, 1990, Orchestrations and Keyboards.
  • Dr. Edward Daniel Taylor: The Miracle Faith Telethon, Terry Scott Taylor, 1990, Background Vocals.
  • Wide Angle, John Fischer, 1992, Keyboards, Choir Arrangement and Conducting.
  • Out of the Wilderness, Dennis Agajanian, 1992, Piano, Backing Vocals.
  • At the Foot of the Cross, Volume 2: Seven Last Words of Christ, Various Artists, 1992, 9and more.
  • Miracle Mile, Guardian, 1993, String Arranger.
  • Chase The Buffalo, Pierce Pettis, 1993, Piano.
  • Reflections of a Former Life, Mark Heard, 1993, Keyboards.
  • Way Back Home, Phil Keaggy, 1994, String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement.
  • Swing, Swang, Swung, Guardian, 1994, String Arranger.
  • My Faith Will Stay, Cheri Keaggy, 1995, Conductor, Orchestral Arrangements.
  • Noel, Various, 1995, Orchestral Arrangements.
  • Sugar Pistol, Fluffy, 1995, Piano, Strings.
  • Speckled Bird, The Choir, 1995, Orchestrated.
  • Christmas is Jesus, Bryan Duncan, 1995, Piano, Strings, Orchestral Arrangements.
  • Windows of Heaven, John Elefante, 1995, Songwriter, Strings.
  • No Doubt, Petra, 1995, String Arranger and Conductor.
  • Strangelanguage, Charlie Peacock, 1996, String Conductor.
  • Conviction, Michael O'Brien, 1996, String Arrangements.
  • Avalon, Avalon, 1996, String Arranger and Conductor.
  • Listen, Cindy Morgan, 1996, String Arranger and Conductor.
  • Blink, Rick Elias, 1997, Piano.
  • Gift, Jim Brickman, 1997, String Arrangements.
  • The Waiting, The Waiting, 1997, String Arrangements and Conductor.
  • Sixpence None the Richer, Sixpence None the Richer, 1997, Piano.
  • Rock Music w/Singing, Duraluxe, 1997, Piano, Strings.
  • Thirst, Randy Stonehill, 1998, Piano, Background Vocals, String Arrangements.
  • Live the Life, Michael W. Smith, 1998, String Arrangements and Conductor.
  • Christmastime, Michael W. Smith, 1998, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement.
  • The Loving Kind, Cindy Morgan, 1998, String Arranger and Conductor.
  • Perennial: Songs for the Seasons of Life, Twila Paris, 1998, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement.
  • The Jesus Record, Rich Mullins & a Ragamuffin Band, 1998, Percussion, Piano, Arranger, Conductor, String Arrangements, Wurlitzer, Orchestra Assembly.
  • Phil Keaggy, Phil Keaggy, 1998, Piano, Conductor, Horn Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements, String Quartet.
  • Touched by an Angel: The Album, Television Soundtrack, 1998, String Arrangements.
  • Listen, Michelle Tumes, 1998, String Arrangements.
  • Corner of Eden, Kathy Troccoli, 1998, Piano, Orchestration, Director.
  • Stories From the Heart, Bob Carlisle, 1998, Songwriter, Orchestrated, Arranged, Piano, Background Vocals.
  • Majesty and Wonder, Phil Keaggy & London Festival Orchestra, 1999, Orchestral Arrangements.
  • True North, Twila Paris, 1999, Orchestral Arrangements, Conductor.
  • At the Foot of the Cross: God of All of Me, Various Artists, 1999, Arranger.
  • Beggar's Paradise, Chris Rodriguez, 1999, String Arranger and Conductor, Hammond Organ.
  • Candycoatedwaterdrops, Plumb, 1999, String Arranger and Conductor.
  • Devotion, Aaron Neville, 2000, Conductor, String Arrangements.
  • Prayers of a Ragamuffin, A Ragamuffin Band, 2000, Piano, Conductor, Orchestration.
  • City on a Hill: Songs of Worship and Praise, Various Artists, 2000, Orchestral Arrangement, Conductor.
  • Roaring Lambs, Various Artists, Squint Entertainment 2000, Orchestral Arrangement, Conductor.
  • Nothing But the Truth, Bob Carlisle, 2000, String Arrangements.
  • Lay It Down, Jennifer Knapp, 2000, String Arrangements, Conductor.
  • Strings Attached: Live with the Youngstown Symphony, Glass Harp, 2001, Arranger.
  • If We Pray, Anointed, 2001, String Arrangements.
  • Elementary, Cindy Morgan, 2001, Strings.
  • Joy Williams, Joy Williams, 2001, Acoustic Piano.
  • Love Falls Down, Sheila Walsh, 2001, String Arrangements, String Orchestration, String Conductor, Keyboards.
  • The Hymns Collection, Sheila Walsh, 2002, Arrangements.
  • Songs of Israel, Marty Goetz, 2003, Arrangements, Orchestration.
  • New Irish Hymns #3: Incarnation, Margaret Becker, Kristyn Getty, Joanne Hogg, 2004, Arrangements, Orchestration, Programming, Songwriter.
  • Sessions, Larry Norman, 2004.
  • Those Were the Days, Dolly Parton, 2005, Strings, String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement.
  • Come Let Us Adore Him: A Christmas Worship Experience, Various Artists, 2005, Piano, Keyboards, String Orchestration, Conductor.
  • Very Best of Michelle Tumes, Michelle Tumes, 2006, Conductor.
  • Dream Again, Phil Keaggy, 2006, Keyboard.
  • Christmas Songs, Jars of Clay, 2007, Horn and String Arrangements.
  • Mockingbird, Allison Moorer, 2008, String Arrangements, String Conductor.
  • The Dawn of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, 1998, String Arrangements, String Conductor.
  • Christmas Peace, Solveig, 2008, String Arrangements.
  • EP, Jessie Kol, 2009, Co-producer, Songwriter, Arranger.
  • Welcome Inn: A Phil Keaggy Christmas, Phil Keaggy, 2009, Piano, String Arrangements.
  • Out From the Door, Dylan McDonald, 2010, Conductor, String Arrangements.
  • Give Me Jesus (single release to help Haitian aid effort), Solveig, 2010, String Arrangements.
  • Roots of Love, Kevin Gould, 2011, Keyboard.
  • Too Slow to Disco, Volume 3, Various (featured on one track by Rob Mehl), 2017, Keyboards, Background Vocals.


  1. ^ "Online obituary for Thomas Howard". The Tennessean.
  2. ^ Fowler, Ray. "Tom Howard Passes Away (1950–2010)".
  3. ^ Wonderland, Interrupted, Howard family friend Evie Coates received the news directly and announced it on her blog