The Americana, roots, blues-rock sounds of Tim Gerard and his rich, deep and soulful vocals are supported by his natural creative abilities on the guitar and melodic hooks. Gerard is influenced by songwriters such as John Mayer, The Beatles, Ray Lamontagne, Sam Cook, BB King and Eric Clapton. His vintage sounds are inspired by 60’s and 70’s acts across genres. Gerard performs with an understated passion that portrays stories of the ups and downs of life, love, and the pursuit of meaning. His lyrics are an honest and candid account of his own experiences and those close to him, carrying raw emotion, imagery and rhythmic cadences both familiar but unique.
Tim was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved with his family to the UK when he was seven. This upbringing created a diverse palette of cultural experiences and music to draw from. He picked up the guitar in his early teens created a love for the blues guitar. He left the shores of Britain to attend Berklee College of Music (Boston) in 2014 and after graduating moved to LA to work as a songwriter, producer and session guitarist. He has written songs with and for a broad range of musicians including: Charlie Puth, Alyssa Bonagura, Adam Friedman, Pam Sheyne, Rich Jaques, Jade Bird, Fraser Churchill, Roger Cook, and Sarah Walk.
Gerard’s international career has taken him from busking on the streets of Santa Monica to iconic venues ‘The Hotel Cafe’ (LA), ‘Whisky Jam’ (Nashville), ‘Ronnie Scotts’ (London), and the Royal Festival Hall (London). Tim continued to pay his dues performing at independent iconic roots/folk venues such as ‘The Spiritual Bar’ (London), performing alongside artists such as Jack Broadbent, Ferris & Sylvester and Jade Bird. He’s recently been on stages as both a guitarist and artist at festivals such as ‘The Isle of Wight’ (UK), ‘The Wildwest Songwriters Festival’ (South Dakota, US) and ‘Mavericks Americana Music Festival’ (Suffolk, UK).
In 2017 Tim recorded a blues rock album called ‘On My Way’, producing trademark staple ‘Carry On Easy’. In 2019 he produced two singles ‘Amber Light’ and ‘Self Sabotage’ together with producer and musician Fred Abbott (Noah & The Whale, UK). His single ‘Verona’ was recorded live at Sound Emporium Studios (Nashville) featuring singer-songwriter Alyssa Bonagura (The Sisterhood) on vocals. His latest single ‘Down To Earth’ is a live-take recorded in Nashville with Casey Wasner (Keb Mo) at his home studio ‘The Purple House’.
He’s recently finished recording his full length album ‘Right From The Start’ together with producer and friend Archie Sylvester (Ferris & Sylvester) at his home studio. The approach of the album was to record it the ‘old school’ way, live without a click. They limited themselves to only sixteen tracks on each song to capture the raw performance in the recordings. The lyrics of the songs were co-written with friend and author Gordon Torr. He is currently releasing singles from the record and the full length album is set to be released in April.
Tim is also a watercolour/mixed media/portrait artist creating visual representations along with his music. He will be showcasing his art and music at www.artdoglondon.com from 6th April until the 17th April 2022.