Official Bio (courtesy of TuomoMusic.com)
Tuomo (born as Tuomo PrÃ¤ttÃ¤lÃ¤, 1979). Soul-singer, jazz pianist, composer, lyricist and producer. Tuomo began taking piano lessons at the age of 7. After Sibelius Senior Secondary School of Music, Helsinki Conservatory of Pop and Jazz and the civil service as sound engineer in the Finnish Theater Academy, he started his career as a professional musician.
During 2002-2006 Tuomo contributed in 10 full-length albums in 7 different line-ups. Together with his various bands he was nominated for Jazz Emma Award for 4 times, won 2 international jazz contests, received the highly-acclaimed Finnish Teosto Award, was The Young Artist of the Year chosen by Finland Festivals and toured intensively all around the world.
In January 2007 Tuomo released his first solo album titled "My Thing", which immediatelly hit Finnish Top 10 and received only rave 5-star, 4-star reviews. In the summer of 2007 the album was distributed all over the world and got same kind of reception everywhere. "My Thing" is singer-songwriter music based strongly on 70s soul heritage.
Mr. Gilles Peterson, the most famous and influential DJ and broadcaster in the world, has been a big fan of Tuomo's since the first single "Don't take it too hard" saw daylight. The song was for long included in Gilles' MySpace player.
In Japan, the single has reached number 5 on J-Wave's Tokyo Hot 100 Chart and continues to be in Top 10 on many radio stations' playlists. First international tours are taking place in late 2007.