The heart of Drew Tillman's music is
rooted in the blues. Originally from Pittsburgh, Drew moved to
Florida and has established himself as a professional
singer/songwriter and performer. His classical guitar education
from Florida State University is revealed in his intricate playing
style as well as his writing. Drew's original compositions speak
of life with a taste of the blues and the drive of American rock
and roll. His energetic playing style and unique vocals combine to
present an outstanding and brilliant performance. Each song is
delivered in such a manner that demands attention and truly
reflects Drew's passion for his music and desire to please his
“I asked for my first guitar when I
was eight years old,” he says. “I remember saying to my mom
that I wanted a real guitar, that I didn’t want a plastic
It was a chance encounter with a
12-string beauty that let a young Tillman know the instrument had
a hold over him. “We went over to somebody’s house and there
was a teenager, and he had a guitar. I asked if I could touch the
guitar. The kid put it in my hands, and I would not put the guitar
Tillman equates that same
dreamlike feeling with songwriting. “It’s a mystery to me.
I’ve learned so many things about songwriting and technique.
Some people say that there is a science to it, and I believe that.
But I also believe that you can learn everything about
songwriting— you can be the most prolific, perfectly punctuated,
your idioms fall in a row—and yet there is something missing. I
guess it’s inspiration. It’s a moment where everything
freezes, and you write in that moment.”
Above all, Tillman is proud to be
a working songwriter and musician making a living through his
craft. It is something that doesn’t come without hard work and
conviction, or as Tillman puts it: “I’ve performed almost
every night of my life.”
His credo is to “stay true to
myself with songwriting and singing, then let the cards fall and I
do all right.” Tillman appreciates areas like ours that welcome
artists performing original songs, something he hopes to see more
of in Tallahassee’s music scene in the coming months.
Tillman places bluesman Freddie
King at the top of his list of musical influences. “There’s
just no difference between what he’s playing on the guitar, what
he sings, and what his heart is trying to say. It’s just all
right there, in every note. I feel it. I has to come from your
heart, otherwise people won’t believe it.”
January 2010 brought new
opportunities for Drew as a professional singer/songwriter at the
nationally recognized "30-A Songwriters Festival". He has
continued to play this festival for the last five years. A
number of unsigned artists were chosen by Sonicbids to perform
their original music along signed industry giants. www.30asongwritersfestival.com
In 2009, Drew was invited to
perform an all original show for three nights at the Frank Brown
International Songwriters Festival. He performed at venues located
in Florida and Alabama alongside writers from across the nation. www.fbisf.org
In 2008, Drew was selected to
perform on "Radio Live" an NPR affiliated show located in
Pensacola, dedicated to up and coming singer/songwriters. www.wuwf.org
In 2007 Drew won the "Songwriters
of the South" songwriting contest with his original song,
"Everyday You're Gone".
Drew's rendition of
"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" was placed in a Showtime
special based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Drew's work continues to receive
recognition as an outstanding singer/songwriter. He has worked
with such industry names as John Kurzweg (producer for the bands
Creed, Jewel and Puddle of Mudd) as well as Michael Traylor, drummer for
Capt. Beefheart and the Magic Band.
May 2010 - Drew was selected to perform on the Bluebird Cafe Stage
at the first annual Country Throwdown in Jacksonville, FL
sponsored by Rock Star EnergyDrinks and SonicBids. Montgomery
Gentry, Keith Urban and other international artists performed on
the main stage.
Drew also submitted his original song "A Woman Like You"
in a nationwide songwriting competition sponsored by Universal
Pictures and SonicBids. The winning song would be included in an
upcoming major motion picture, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The
World". Thousands of entries were submitted. Drew's song
finished at #9 in the Top 100!!
Drew is currently in the studio
recording a new CD of original music due to be released in 2015.