A master technician, Emmanuel started professionally at age 6. He rose through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. A Certified Guitar Player (CGP) and one of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, he’s piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy) and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll. A noted fingerstyle guitarist, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents translate in any language and carry him to the far corners of the globe. Emmanuel never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date.
While some artists take ten-piece bands on the road and still fill out the sound with backing tracks, Emmanuel builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own.
His idols are not just the great players, but also the great pop songwriters and singers–Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Beatles and their ilk. While thousands of fans have spent years trying to unpack and imitate Tommy’s technique, for him it’s just the delivery system. His approach is always song and emotion first, his music the embodiment of his soulful spirit, sense of hope and his love for entertaining.
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