Prodigiously gifted songwriter/artist/producer Tofer Brown found his calling at the tender age of 15 when he wrote and produced his first song. Songs that he wrote at 16 would later be singled out for honorable mention among thousands of contestants in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest. With an acclaimed career as an artist, a bedrock background in classical music, and diverse music tastes, Tofer brings rare creative openness, technical expertise and sensitivity to the artist’s process to all the projects he undertakes.
Tofer started classical piano at age 6, and soon became fluidly musical as his tastes expanded to include pop, rock, country, and hip-hop. He picked up drums at age 10, guitar and bass at 12. By 16 he produced his first officially released album. Upon graduating high school, he matriculated at the esteemed Belmont University to hone his audio engineering skills. After college, while assisting at a local recording studio, he distinguished himself as a songwriter and became integrated into the creative traffic at the studio, co-writing with incoming talent.
Tofer has been broadly successful across genres and music business disciplines. Recently, he played the Grand Ole Opry with Deacon (Charles Esten). Tofer’s song, “One Works Better,” was prominently featured in ABC show Nashville; he’s also had songs placed on Good Morning America, The Real World and The Biggest Loser. His songs have been produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz), Richard Marx (Luther Vandross, Keith Urban), Pete Kipley (The Afters, Robert Randolph & The Family Band), and Joshua Crosby (Adam Lambert, Owl City). He’s had cuts with Tritonal, Jon Pardi, Greg Holden, Jillian Jacqueline, Marit Larsen, Ruelle, Britt Nicole, Cassadee Pope, Madi Diaz, Matt Wertz, Kris Allen, and Tofer charted to #4 on Billboard for his work with the Passion Album: White Flag.
Tofer has released 2 records, an EP, and embarked on 3 US tours as a solo artist. His band with Laura Licata, The Family Tree, collaborated with some of music’s finest creative minds such as producer Jay Joyce (Little Big Town, Patty Griffin, Eric Church, Cage the Elephant) songwriter Marcus Hummon (Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts) producer/writer Chris Lindsey (Lonestar, Adam Lambert), Garth Fundis (Trisha Yearwood, Sheryl Crow), and writer Natalie Hemby (Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town).
As a producer and songwriter, Tofer’s warmth and refreshing candor are invaluable to making real artistic connections. “Having been an artist myself, I know how to bring that authenticity out in the artists I work with,” he says. Tofer’s producer instincts draw from his expensive tastes, ranging from the organic vibe of T-Bone Burnett to the elegant sleekness of Jon Brion. But no matter what the aesthetic treatment is, he says: “It’s all about the songs, if the song is there the song will get produced appropriately.”
With all the accolades and successful creative ventures, Tofer stays grounded by staying close to the heart of his life’s work. “My goal is always to write something that connects, that people can emotionally attach to,” he says. “After all, we’re all just emotional creatures feeding off what we go through in everyday life.”