Tom Shinness

Tom Shinness


Tom Shinness earns a living as a composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter.  With six CD’s of original instrumental music to his credit, Tom uses a variety of common, and not so common, acoustic instruments to achieve fresh new sonic textures. One of Tom’s instruments is a Gibson harp-guitar, built in 1913. With 16 strings, the instrument is a cross between a harp and a guitar. Tom, an in demand studio cellist, also plays bass, mandolin, ukulele, zither, piano, percussion, and many other instruments.  He sometimes uses unusual playing techniques such as playing the cello like a guitar or playing two instruments at once.

In a live setting, Tom has over two hours of vocal tunes from the 60′s and 70′s, sometimes giving them fresh new arrangements. Tom has over an hour of original vocal tunes and over three hours  of original instrumental music for a live setting.

Stylistically, Tom focuses on pop, smooth jazz, classical, and new acoustic music, but one of his specialties is performing music for classical guitar.  At times he delves into music from the 20′s and 30′s, Americana, baroque, Celtic music, R&B, funk, fusion, rock, and blues. 

Tom toured as a multi-instrumentalist for three time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ during Keb’s spring tour in 2014, playing the US, Canada, & Russia.

Some of Tom’s music is being used in massage therapy studios around the world. His music has also been used on National Public Radio (NPR), National Public Television (NPT), and nationally televised commercials.

Tom has performed live for over 40 years in concert halls, house concerts, festivals, fairs, restaurants/ bars, corporate events, art openings, weddings, schools, and churches.

Tom is sometimes joined by his beautiful and immensely talented daughter Jasmine, who is also a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.