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Tony Fisher

BORN: OCTOBER 17, 1960 - KODIAK, ALASKA

I learned to play guitar from my dad and my Uncle John. I wrote my first song at age nine called "On a Train" which reflects my earliest influence, Johnny Cash. I'd watch his TV show every week and study how he performed. It wasn't long before my two brothers and I started a band and played around our hometown of Bricktown, NJ. I continued to write songs and we recorded five of them. I still love to listen to them. My mom handmade all our stage outfits and my dad handled sound and transportation. Both would come up and sing with us frequently. But more importantly, they were always there, helping and encouraging me....and still are.

After high school I formed a country band called Sundance with a friend and played all over the NJ. A few months before getting married in 1984, I made a trip to Nashville to pitch my songs. It wasn't pretty and I came home with my tail between my legs. I put music aside for a while to raise a family. The turning point for me as a songwriter was my 30th birthday when my parents gave me a 4-track recorder to record all the songs I had written. It woke up the dream that had been sleeping in me for years. Soon I was playing out again, this time with a 50's band and as a solo act performing country and soft rock. My writing expanded into pop and Christian music as well.

In 1994 I went to Texas to record a 4-song country CD on Modern Day Artist records. "Go Make Your Way" was later released nationally. It reached #20 on the independent record charts. Unfortunately, it was a small record label and we didn't have the backing to promote it or follow it up. About the same time, a song I wrote called "Into Your Hands" was nominated for a songwriting award by Airplay International Independent Record Charts. I flew out to Nashville for the awards program and did a 5-song showcase at the event. The song didn't win but I received a great response for my performance and songs. The experience helped me decide to make the move to Music City less than a year later in 1995.

Once here, I settled in Franklin...found a job and a place to live, and continued to write and perform when I could. For the past twenty plus years, I've owned and operated my own landscaping company while playing small solo gigs in the area. I did a lot of Nashville songwriter's nights my first year and it was at one of them that I met another aspiring artist from Philadelphia named Rick Dixon, who's become a good friend and encourager. Many of the songs on my albums were recorded in his studio. He is a very talented musician who plays several instruments and writes some great songs as well. You can check out his music at www.rickdixon.net.

While playing guitar in the praise band at my church, I met David Phelps and heard him sing. I knew "Your Love" (a song I had written for a performance to support the Room in the Inn program which helps homeless people) was perfect for him and handed his wife a cassette of it in a grocery store parking lot. Seven years later David called me and asked to record it on his new album and I finally got my first real cut...thirteen years after moving here. I just completed my third Nashville album along with my updated website.

www.tonyfishermusic.com.

Thank you for your interest in my music.
Tony

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