Tommy Sims

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Tommy Sims in 2000.

Tommy Sims is a bassist, songwriter, record producer and bandleader.

Music career

From 1987 to 1989 he was the bassist of the popular Christian rock band White Heart which he left to become a studio musician and producer. During 1992-1993, he played bass on the Bruce Springsteen and the "Other Band" Tour. He is also a songwriter, who co-wrote Eric Clapton's "Change the World" which won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1997. Other songs of his have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Garth Brooks, Cher, BlackStreet, Toni Braxton and BabyFace among others. Sims has also worked with Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, Kelly Clarkson, Carman, CeCe Winans, Israel, The Neville Brothers, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Brian Courtney Wilson and others.

Sims produced a Grammy winning CD, Thy Kingdom Come for CeCe Winans in 2007, but did not pay the musicians who played on the album. The Nashville Musicians Association, Local 257 of the American Federation of Musicians sued him on behalf of the musicians and won a judgement for $354,913.77 in January 2012, Case No. 3:11-01023 in United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, which as of February 2015, has not been satisfied.[1][better source needed]

Television and film contributions

In addition to writing and producing, Sims also released a solo album in August 2000 entitled Peace and Love. A song from this release, "It Don't Matter to the Sun", was featured on the soundtrack of the hit television drama Grey's Anatomy. Sims' film contributions include Bruce Springsteen's recording "Streets of Philadelphia" which appeared in the Tom Hanks film Philadelphia, widely regarded as the first major film to deal openly with subject of AIDS and gay rights. The film and the song also went on to be heavy recognized at the following year's Academy Awards garnering several "Oscars" including the Best Song trophy. Sims' "Change The World was also featured in John Travolta's film Phenomenon and while winning the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year was rendered ineligible for nomination at that year's Academy Awards because of its prior release by Wynonna Judd. Sims has gone on to have his songs featured in several other blockbuster films including Kevin Costner's For Love Of The Game and Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd's Where the Heart Is.

Notable projects


Peace and Love - released August 15, 2000 by Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  1. Which Way (Intro)
  2. 100
  3. New Jam
  4. When You Go
  5. Summer
  6. Write One
  7. Alone
  8. The Way It Used to Be
  9. Comin' Home
  10. The Ballad of Sophie
  11. It Don't Matter
  12. Love's Patience
  13. Peace and Love
  14. Which Way



  1. ^ "Do Not Work For List". July 16, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Peace and Love by Tommy Sims on Apple Music". Retrieved October 17, 2017. 

External links

  • Tommy Sims page
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