DC-based singer-songwriter Tom Goss plans to kick off the upcoming tour for his new album, Back to Love, in Baltimore on Friday, March 27. The CD release party is part of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore’s Pride in the Arts Program, which offers free and low-cost community art events the fourth Friday of each month.
Gay Life spoke with Tom Goss about what distinguishes Back to Love from the other albums he’s produced, his excitement about the upcoming tour and music as a mode of communication.
You’re about to release a new album, Back to Love. Can you speak on the collection of songs on the CD. Do you see this as an extension of your earlier work?
I wrote most of the songs for the new album in the last year. Almost immediately after I got out of the studio recording Rise, I started writing these songs. I got very motivated by the studio process as far as writing really concise, really catchy, grab you right off the bat pop songs. Over the past year, I’ve accumulated a lot of songs and narrowed them down to these 11 tracks that are on Back to Love.
In the process of compiling these songs, I realized that they all pertain to love in a very deep way. Not always romantic love; sometimes the loss of romantic love or the love of a friendship or the love of family or the love of possession. That’s kind of how the title Back to Love originated. That’s what I’m always about…trying to bring everything back to love in some way, shape or form, whether that’s in my personal, professional or music life. For me, that’s really the motivation for why I do things. I was really focusing on creating really concise songs that made an immediate impact and were very accessible to listeners.
What is the release date of the album?
The album releases on April 7th. The party in Baltimore is 10 days before it releases to the public.
How did the show in Baltimore come about and is it part of a larger tour?
I love Baltimore and it’s important for me to come there and have a CD release party. I’m very grateful to the GLCCB for all that they do in the community. The show in Baltimore will be the kick-off of my tour. I’ll do a couple other of cities—New York, DC—before the CD releases. Then it’ll be nonstop music and I’ll be on the road for 2 months straight.
I’m really enthusiastic about this tour, mostly because I’m really enthusiastic about the CD. It sounds fantastic and there’s a real positive message and vibe going on with the CD. I’m looking forward to getting the CD into people’s hands and see how they react to it. The people that have reviewed it have been really positive. I released a video for the first single in February and it was received overwhelmingly by people. It had 10,000 plays in the first few days.
Are you a one-man show or do you have a team of people working with you behind the scenes?
My friend Eric Henson is the guy I work on the videos with. He’s the mind behind the camera, but it’s mostly just me. The video was shot with 2 cameras. He manned one and I manned the other. We took about 10 hours of tape. I did the editing myself. I would never claim that I’m a one-man show though because I have people consistently supporting me throughout the way. It’s a hard business to do by yourself, so you really have to learn to be versatile if you want to be successful.
You just got off the road touring with 2 other musicians. Are you looking forward to touring solo this time?
There’s no one to talk to in the car. I love touring with Jake [Walden] and Stewart [Lewis] and I will be meeting them on the West Coast this time. It’s different touring alone because it’s a lot more isolated of an experience. There are aspects of it that I like, but I always prefer traveling with people. I’m looking forward to this tour being about Back to Love. In that regard, I’m looking forward to being by myself. I’m really proud of this CD. I think it’s my best work yet.
Do you have a favorite track?
It’s hard for me to be unbiased, but I am really proud of all of these songs. There are 2 songs that, for me, sonically, I’m really proud of. That would be “Back to Arkansas” and “Sometimes We Fail.” Sonically, they are just huge, epic in the way that the drums and the guitars all kind of meld together with the piano. It’s really exciting for me to be able to create something like that at this point in my career. It’s something that I wouldn’t have been able to create a year ago or six months ago. One thing about this album is that it’s extremely personal. So, some of the tracks are still hard for me to listen to all the way through without crying. So, I’m also proud that I was able to put it all out there and that the producer and I were able to capture the emotions in the instrumentals and the vocals.
Where will the CD be available?
CD will be available on my website and also on itunes. Most of my distribution will be online. If you go to the front page of my website, tomgossmusic.com, you can download the first single for free and also play the video.
Do you have any other projects coming up beyond the tour?
In the summertime, I’m looking forward to linking up with outdoor festivals and in the fall I’m looking forward to getting back on the road again. More than anything, I’m just really excited to get the CD in the hands of my fans and share it with friends. The reason I play music is because it’s a form of communication with people. I want to reach people. I don’t play music to be famous or I’m an egomaniacal person. I really want to touch people and I think Back to Love is going to be very powerful in doing that.
For additional information about Tom Goss, visit www.tomgossmusic.com. To purchase tickets to his upcoming CD release party, visit www.GLCCB.org.
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