Tommy Coomes put together this supergroup of talented solo artists, song writers, and studio musicians in 1989. Each one has their own career and home church but we come together to make a unique sound.
We’re always asked: “Which one is Tommy Coomes?” Lead singer? Guitar hero? Prima ballerina?
Well, Tommy’s band ‘Love Song’ pioneered Christian rock in the 60’s and propelled “The Jesus Movement”. But he’s not singing lead and blowing the guitar solo tonight. He was one of the founders of Maranatha Music, as Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel exploded onto the scene. Tommy produced a lot of records after those early days of revival. Records like Praise Strings could be made to create atmospheres of worship. A great stable of songwriters could provide new songs for a growing church. Putting “church” music on your radio and record player, moved it out of Sunday morning so worship could fill every day of your week.
Then, a long time ago, the Tommy Coomes Band started. It was just a three month experiment for Greg Laurie’s Bible Study. But now, the band is working on their sixteenth record! They may have been the first ones to bring worship music to the stadium. But the band, like Tommy, often remains a well-kept secret.
So which one is Tommy? Well, any of the fabulous singers (Linda, Marsha, Christine, or Alfie) are up front ‘piloting the plane’ tonight. Bob Somma is music director/ navigator and Bill Batstone wrote that last song. John and Anne wrote the next two and our rhythm guys have those jet engines burning.
Well,Tommy is like that friendly flight attendant- sitting next to you, asking where you’re from— and he wants to talk to you about Jesus. Only later do you realize – you’ve been flying with the pilot, producer, navigator, songwriter CEO of the airline. Who knew?
Well, that’s just how Tommy likes it! And now? He wants you sing along with us!
Guitars, Songwriter, Vocals
He was a pioneer of contemporary Christian music in the 70’s as a member of Love Song, and was the Creative Director at Maranatha! Music in the 80’s and 90’s, producing or executive producing several hundred recordings. Tommy has devoted his life to ministry since 1970: leading the music teams for Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, Promise Keepers, Greg Laurie, and Chosen Women, as well as developing and hosting seminars to train and equip the church in the use of music for worship and evangelism.
Since 1980, John has traveled the world as a soloist and as a member of several bands, including Wings of Light…
Anne Barbour has been active in the area of contemporary worship as a singer and songwriter for 30 years. She…
Guitars, Songwriter, Vocals
Bill is a gifted and prolific songwriter and artist whose music is loved worldwide. For over thirty years you have…
Marsha Skidmore has been involved in music ministry for most of her life. She is a gifted soloist, songwriter and…
Christine Miller, born and raised in San Francisco, California, began exhibiting a love for singing and acting at the age…
Arranger, Guitars, Musical Director
Bob Somma is a professional guitarist, producer and seasoned studio veteran in the Los Angeles area. His credits include commercial…
Linda McCrary-Fisher is known for her effervescent smile, her bold sense of humor and her enormous heart of gold… but to those who have heard her sing through the decades, Linda’s music has left an indelible imprint on their lives.
Glen Holmen is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been working as a bass player in since 1982. As a…
David is a freelance drummer living in Los Angeles CA. He has played with artists like Thomas Dolby, Peter White…
Gary has performed throughout his professional music career in all 50 states and seven continents…