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Tommy Funderburk is an American rock singer and CEO of technology company Muzit.
He has recorded with artists such as Jon Anderson, Laura Branigan, Coverdale-Page, Melissa Manchester, Magnum, Mötley Crüe, Steve Lukather, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Richie Kotzen, Starship, REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake, Yesand many others.
In 2013, Funderburk founded Muzit, Inc., an online media company that is a marketing platform to connect artists and fans in the peer-to-peer network which launched January 2016.
Funderburk was born in North Carolina, and grew up in the south. His favorite music included The Beatles, all kinds of R&B, soul and Gospel. In college, he played in a band he and some friends started called Sanctuary. He studied to be a high school history teacher and recorded jingles at a local studio. The band once opened for Andraé Crouch. Crouch and his drummer encouraged him to come to L.A.
Airplay was a short-lived American band, formed by David Foster and Jay Graydon. Funderburk was chosen as the lead singer for the band by the duo. They released a self-titled album in 1980, containing "Nothin' You Can Do About It" (originally recorded by The Manhattan Transfer) and a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "After the Love Has Gone", written by Foster and Graydon with Bill Champlin.
In the early '80s Funderburk met drummer Bob Wilson from the group Seawind, and in 1983 they formed The Front who recorded a self-titled album, followed by a U.S and a European tour.
In 1986 he performed lead vocals on the song "Never Too Late to Start" on the soundtrack to the film Running Scared .
In 1987 Wilson and Funderburk reformed their band, brought in yet another former Seawind member, Larry Williams, on keyboards and saxophone, changed the band's name to What If, and released a self-titled album, with guitar work from Michael Landau, on RCA.
In 1988 Funderburk met Bruce Gaitsch at a recording session with Richard Marx who were looking for a singer that could sing higher Marx. The band, King of Hearts, were signed to Polygram, who never released any of the band's material. They were released a decade later by a Japanese record company as 1989. Some of the songs were later re-mixed and together with some new songs their first album was finally released in 1994 in Sweden, Japan and Germany. The King of Hearts lineup was Funderburk and Gaitsch together with David Miner on bass, Bill Cantos on keyboards and Billy Ward on drums. As a follow-up to the first King of Hearts Funderburk and Gaitsch recorded Joy Will Come, that was released during late 1996 in Sweden, Germany and Japan. In December 1997, Thoughtscape released a King of Hearts compilation CD called No Matter What.
Funderburk and Miner recorded and released an acoustic collection of songs The Dwelling Place in 1995. It included a mix of classic hymns and songs originally written to be used for worship at the Malibu Vineyard Church where he was a worship leader at the time. In 1998 Funderburk recorded Naturally, an a cappella album of classic hits from the seventies, with the vocal group West Coast All Stars (featuring Funderburk, Chicago's Jason Scheff, Bobby Kimball from Toto and Joseph Williams former Toto) versions.
In 2004 Tommy Funderburk co-founded Sovereign Artists, a record company that released the first Heart album in over a decade, Jupiters Darling .
In January 2005 the Italian record company Frontiers released Funderburk's debut album, Anything For You.
Funderburk is the CEO and founder of P2P monetization company, Muzit,[ citation needed ] a company that tracks the downloading behavior of file-sharers, and allows copyright owners to contact these file-sharers through their ISP, in order to offer them discounts, promotions, donations and for other marketing purposes and was launched on January 8, 2016.
Steven Lee Lukather is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known as the sole continuous founding member of the rock band Toto from its founding in 1976 to its latest hiatus in 2019. A prolific session musician, Lukather has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums representing a broad array of artists and genres. He has also contributed to albums and hit singles as a songwriter, arranger and producer. Most notably, Lukather played guitar on Boz Scaggs' albums Down Two Then Left (1977) and Middle Man (1980), and was a prominent contributor to several studio albums by Michael Jackson, including Thriller (1982). Lukather has released seven solo albums, the latest of which, Transition, was released in January 2013.
Toto was an American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles. The band's most recent lineup consisted of Joseph Williams, David Paich, Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather, plus touring members Lenny Castro (percussion), Warren Ham (saxophone), Shem von Schroeck (bass) and Shannon Forrest (drums). Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues, and jazz. The band is currently on hiatus.
Lisa Dal Bello, also known as Dalbello, is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and voice actress. She released three albums in the pop and pop/rock genre in her late teens, from 1977 through 1981 under her full name. In 1984, she re-emerged as Dalbello, with an edgier brand of alternative rock.
The king of hearts is a playing card in the standard 52-card deck.
William Bradford Champlin is an American singer, musician, arranger, producer, and songwriter. He formed the band Sons of Champlin in 1965, which still performs today, and was a member of the band Chicago from 1981–2009. He performed lead vocals on three of Chicago's biggest hits of the 1980s, 1984's "Hard Habit to Break" and "Look Away" and "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" in 1988. During live shows, he performed the lower, baritone, vocal parts originated by original guitarist Terry Kath, who had died in 1978. He has won multiple Grammy Awards for songwriting.
Joseph Stanley Williams is an American singer, songwriter and film score composer, best known for his work in the rock band Toto, which he fronted as lead vocalist from 1986 to 1988 and again from 2010 to 2019. He is the son of film composer John Williams and actress Barbara Ruick and the grandson of jazz drummer Johnny Williams and actors Melville Ruick and Lurene Tuttle.
Jay Graydon is an American songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, singer, producer, arranger, and recording engineer. He is the winner of two Grammy Awards with twelve Grammy nominations, among them the title "Producer of the Year" and "Best Engineered Recording". He has mastered many different music styles and genres, and his recordings have been featured on record, film, television and the stage.
Rush Street is the third studio album by singer and songwriter Richard Marx. Released in late 1991, it sold over two million copies in the United States alone. It was Richard's third consecutive multi-million seller in the U. S.
Richard Marx is the debut studio album by singer/songwriter and record producer/arranger, Richard Marx, released in June 1987.
Frontiers Records is an Italian record label, predominantly producing hard rock. It was founded in 1996 by Serafino Perugino and is based in Naples, Italy.
Tim Feehan is a Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, mix master and Los Angeles area studio owner.
Seawind were an American jazz fusion band from Hawaii, consisted of its lead singer Pauline Wilson, guitarist Bud Nuañez, bassist Ken Wild, drummer Bob Wilson, keyboardist and saxophonist Larry Williams, saxophone and flute player Kim Hutchcroft, and trumpeter Jerry Hey. They recorded two albums for CTI Records, one for Horizon Records and one for A&M Records.
El DeBarge is the self-titled debut album by El DeBarge. It was released in 1986 on Gordy Records and featured the three hit singles, "Who's Johnny," which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Love Always," which reached #43, and "Someone," which was a Top 20 Billboard A/C hit and made it to #70 on the Hot 100. Singer/actress Vanity featured on backing vocals on the track, "Secrets Of The Night". This album was certified by RIAA as gold in September, 1986, selling over 500,000 copies.
Rhythm of the Night is the fourth studio album by DeBarge, released by Gordy Records on March 14, 1985. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the R&B Album Chart. The album was also certified Gold by the RIAA.
Airplay was a short-lived American band, formed by David Foster and Jay Graydon. The band released a self-titled album in 1980, containing "Nothin' You Can Do About It" and the original recording of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit "After the Love Has Gone", written by Foster and Graydon with Bill Champlin.
Richard Noel Marx is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer.
"Don't Mean Nothing" is the debut single by singer/songwriter/producer Richard Marx from his triple platinum 1987 eponymous album. It hit #1 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart and #3 on the Hot 100. With the chart success of "Don't Mean Nothing" and subsequent singles from his debut album, Marx became the first male artist to reach the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart with four singles from a debut album.
I'll Be Thinking of You is a 1979 Gospel album by Andraé Crouch which was released on the Elektra and Light record labels. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
Bruce R. Gaitsch is an American guitarist, composer, and producer. He is best known for working with notable bands and musicians such Chicago, Peter Cetera, Madonna, and Agnetha Fältskog as a session musician and songwriter. Gaitsch co-wrote the Madonna song "La Isla Bonita", an international #1 single that earned Gaitsch an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1987. He has collaborated numerous times with fellow Chicago native Richard Marx whose career he was instrumental in launching.
Gary Smith is an American musician and songwriter. He was a member of Chase and a founding member of Survivor. Smith has also performed or recorded with B.B. King, Joe Williams, Vic Damone, Patrick Leonard, Leslie West (Mountain), Steve Forman, Will Lee, Elliott Randall, Bobby Kimball, Tommy Shaw, Darryl Jones, Jim Peterik, John Gary, Bruce Gaitsch, Eric Miyashiro, Clark Terry, Chuck Findley, Larry Carlton, Jaco Pastorius and many others.