Red Carpet Interview
2011 Nominee – Jazz Artist of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2011 Producers Choice Award – Instrumental Single “As Time Goes By” – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2012 Nominee – Hot AC Single of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards “Spend The Night With Me”
2012 Nominee – Instrumental Artist of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
2012 Recipient – Jazz Artist of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
2013 Nominee – Hot AC Artist of the Year – 23rd Annual LA Music Awards
2013 Recipient – HOT AC Single of the Year – 23rd Annual LA Music Awards “Let it be me”
Thomas Way Slack, Jr. (born June 13, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboardist, producer and recording artist.
Slack began playing music at the age of 8. By the time he was a teenager, Slack was playing six musical instruments; trumpet, piano, guitar, bass guitar, trombone and clarinet. Slack became student music director at London Central High School in London, England, where he was a classmate of Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, who later formed the band America. Slack also sang in the high school chorus and was picked to be the leader and tenor voice in the a cappella group of four singers called “The Madrigals”.
Slack’s early musical influences consisted of artists such as Frank Zappa, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa, Humble Pie and Emerson Lake and Palmer.
After moving from London to Los Angeles in 1972, Slack took music courses in Music Theory and Music Composition. In 1977 Slack began playing keyboards with well-known artists including Michael Jackson, Mick Fleetwood, Jody Watley, Howard Hewett and Shalamar.
In the early 1980s, Slack co-wrote music for the ABC hit sitcom show Full House and co-wrote music for Banner Street Films’ thirty-minute short film The Sidewalk Motel by Rob Stone, who was known for Mr. Belvedere.
During this time, Slack co-founded the rock group Dreamer. He wrote and produced four songs for the EP titled Dreamer, which was released in 1982. As a result from the success of this EP, Slack went back to Sound City Studios and wrote, co-wrote and recorded 10 more songs. In October 2008 AOR-FM Records based in the UK released these fourteen AOR songs on the CD We’ve Got the Power.
Also in 2008, Slack wrote, produced and recorded two solo albums, Coming of Age and Winds of Time, both instrumental blends of funk, jazz, R&B, rock and new age.
Slack released his first single “As Time Goes By” in July 2011, and in the same month was inducted into The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as a “voting member” for Instrumentalists, Producers, Songwriters, and Composers categories for the Grammy Awards.