Tonight, on The Candi & Randy Show, we welcome singer/songwriter Tom Goss.
Tom Goss is a unique voice among gay singer-songwriters — a former Catholic seminarian turned guitar-toting troubadour whose heartfelt lyrics, hooky melodies and quirky charm have earned him a dedicated national following.
Since he started performing in DC coffeehouses in 2006, the tireless 30-year-old hasn’t let any moss grow under his trademark flip flops: three full-length CDs (Naked Without and Back to Love and Turn It Around), two EPs (Rise and The Politics of Love), a live DVD (Live At Terry’s), four music videos—two rose to the #1 and #2 viewer-choice slots on MTV’s LOGO network—and nearly 500 shows in 100 cities nationwide.
Tom is an unabashed romantic, known for his songs about love (many inspired by his husband Mike, whom he married in October 2010) and longing.
Tom is committed politically as well, having released songs and videos in support of marriage equality and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Like his music, Tom’s story is a mix of struggle and spirit. A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, he spent his high school and college years as a wrestler, leaving the family sport of gymnastics for one better suited to his teenage aggression. Following a brief stint as a teacher, he moved to Washington, DC in 2004 to enter Catholic seminary. It didn’t go as planned, and he abandoned his quest to become a priest—but not his desire to spread a message of hope and reconciliation through his music.
When not touring across the country, he continues to lead and raise funds for a DC nonprofit called Charlie’s Place that provides free meals, clothing and social services to the homeless. It’s the perfect day job for a man who lives what he sings.
Tom’s latest CD, Lost Songs and Underdogs, will be released April 3rd. However it is available for purchase and instant download on his website right now – www.tomgossmusic.net