Tom Hemby has lived and worked in Nashville as an active musician since 1978. He was born in the southeast Missouri city of Poplar Bluff, and raised in the neighboring community of Puxico. Upon his arrival to the Nashville community he soon became an active touring musician, backing artists such as “The Imperials” and Amy Grant. His touring career soon evolved into a recording career as a studio guitarist/ producer/ songwriter.
Tom’s recording credits include artists: Michael English, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Donna Summer, Vince Gill, Peter Cetera, Barry Manilow, Faith Hill, Wynonna Judd, Brian McKinight, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Steve Winwood, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), Michael W. Smith, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Glen Campbell, John Secada, Englebert Humperdinck, Lee Greenwood, Charlie Daniels, Stephanie Mills, Yolanda Adams, Mindy McCready, Andy Williams, B J Thomas, Collin Raye, Bob Carlisle, Ricky Scaggs, Carman, Bill Gaither, Point Of Grace, 4 Him, The Imperials, Garth Brooks, Paul Overstreet, Twila Paris, Steven Curtis Chapman and many more.
Tom’s songwriting credits include songs recorded by artists: Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Dionne Warwick, Hank Williams Jr., Bruce Carroll, BeBe & CeCe Winans. Gaither Vocal band, Michael English, and others. Awards include: A Grammy for producing CCM artist Bruce Carroll - 4 Dove Awards, the latest Dove Award was for his solo acoustic project in 2004 which won “Instrumental Album Of The Year”
Tom’s live performances include backing artists such as: Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, BeBe Winans – musical director, Marc Cohen, James Ingram, Edwin McCain, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Niki Costa, Keb Mo, The “Simply Christmas” tour as principal guitarist with Amy Grant - Vince Gill, The Judds, Deana Carter, Jo Dee Messina, Barry Manilow, Trisha Yearwood, Jackie Velasquez, Martina McBride, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Montgomery Gentry, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, and many more.
Tom’s other production credits include the multi artist soundtrack of Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of The Christ", 2 albums for Gospel/R&B singer “BeBe Winans”, Grammy nominated “My Christmas Prayer” and Dove Award nominated “Dream”. Tom also produced the latest solo project for singer/songwriter “Cheri Keaggy” which features a duet with “Marty Roe” of “Diamond Rio” on a cover of Carol King's “You Got A Friend”. Tom’s second solo instrumental project “Chasing The wind” is available for purchase!
His third instrumental project "In The Moment" with the official release in March 2010 features a who's who list of famous guest artists and musicians .. Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Michael Omartian, and vocalists Bill Champlin, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Christopher Cross, American Idol's Mandisa and Melinda Doolittle, and others...
In 1993, Ron was signed as a staff writer for Peer Music in Nashville, TN. While writing country songs and singing demo sessions, Ron met former “Little River Band” member Beeb Birtles. In 1995, Ron and Beeb joined forces with former “Restless Heart” member John Dittrich.The three got the attention of legendary record producer Barry Beckett and began to record songs for what would ultimately be “The Buffalo Club”. After several personnel changes, Ron, John and (new member) Charlie Kelly Released “The Buffalo Club” in January 1997 on the Rising Tide label. The Buffalo Club’s first single “If She Don’t Love You” went to #8 on the country charts. The second single “Nothing Less Than Love” went to #21. The third single “Heart Hold On” went to top 30 despite of rumors that the band was breaking up. In October of 1997 the group disbanded. The following year Ron went on the road with country singer David Kirsch. In 1999 Ron was asked to be the Music Director for Cross Roads Community Church in Franklin, TN. and was there until 2002. While directing music for CRCC, Ron continued to do sessions and write songs.
2002, Ron’s song “Innocence Lost” was recorded by Amy Grant. Ron also co-produced and played bass and guitar on the track. That same year, along with friends Billy Simon and Jimmy Lee Sloas, Ron signed a record deal with MCA Records. The band, “Chester Whyte”, recorded a project that was never released. In February 2003, Ron returned to Palm Beach Community Church for a short stint as Music Director, returning to Nashville the following year to see “Diamond Rio” record “Get Away” written by Ron, Billy Simon & Jimmy Sloas (a Chester Whyte song).
In recent years, Ron has toured with Jimmy Wayne, Katrina Elam, Clint Black, Kristina Cornell, Chris Cagle and Peter Cetera, and since 2010 has been leading worship at River Of Life in Smyrna, TN.
Ron’s discography is too long to list but includes the likes and range of artists like Amy Grant to Edwin McCain and Cece Winans to Dusty Springfield. Ron continues to write songs, record and perform live, and calls Nashville, TN home with his wife Cindy and their beautiful daughter, Amelia.
Few other musicians have so successfully bridged the gap between records, motion pictures, live performance and television as Paul Leim.
Paul has performed live with a diverse list of top artists, composers and producers world wide, including John Williams, Doc Severinsen, The Berlin Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Boston Pops, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, Mike Nesmith, Randy Travis, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Lynda Carter, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and “ELVIS, The Concert” along with Elvis’ “TCB Band”.
Motion picture credits include “The River”, “Tank”, “The Legend of DB Cooper”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Elvis and Me”, Elvis, and “Star Wars “Return of the Jedi”.
Episodic television series and specials include ‘Wonder Woman”, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, “Elvis”, “Fall Guy”, “Spencer for Hire”, “The Tonight Show”, “Growing Pains”, “Battlestar Glactica”, “Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrel Sisters”, and “Dolly”.. He was staff on “The Grammy Awards”, eight years on Dick Clark’s “American Music Awards”, 4 years with the “Academy of Country Music Awards”, and the perennial “Grand Ole Opry”.
His Gold and Platinum album credits, consisting of over 300 million records sold include, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W. Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, PUR, Lorrie Morgan, Lyle Lovett, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Bob Seger, Billy Currington and Kenny Chesney. Paul recorded with The Monkees on their 20th anniversary record “Then and Now” including the hit “That was Then and This is Now”.
He is 8 time Academy of Country Music drummer of the year Nominee, multiple winner of Nashville Music Award, “Drummer/Percussionist”, and Nashville Music Row Magazine’s “Top 10 Music All Stars” award winner. Most recently he is winner of “Drum Magazine” Drummie of the Year, (Country Category) 4 Years in a Row and Modern Drummer Magazine “Reader’s Poll”, Drummer of the Year, (Country Category) for an Eighth year in a Row (2001 – 2008).
Paul’s touring credits include:
Tom Jones 1977 – 1978
Randy Travis 1995 – 1998
Neil Diamond US Tours – 1977 and 1999
Tanya Tucker TNT – tour 1978
Faith Hill – Soul 2 Soul 2 With Tim McGraw 2006
Elvis The Concert 2005 – 2012
TCB Band European Tour 2005 – 2012
Lynda Carter – 2008-2011 – Atlantic City, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Mohegan Sun
Mike Nesmith – 2013
Scott moved to Nashville in 1989 and started making contacts and recording demos for people in his apartment on a 4-track, then 8-track tape machine. It was a great chance to hone production skills in the real world, even if they were only song demos. He began working as a full-time producer/engineer for McSpadden Smith Music Publishing and worked with their stable of writers on their demos for several years. It was during this time, that his live playing career got back in gear. He began playing with the Christian band Allies, featuring Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas, who would later author a little tune called "Butterfly Kisses." That opened the door to audition for Steven Curtis Chapman in 1992, playing in his band on several tours with him.
In 2006, Scott began playing shows with Kenny Loggins and became his full time Music Director and keyboardist from 2007-2010. You will still find him performing occasionally with Kenny. While working with Kenny, he was introduced to David Foster's music supervisor, and invited to his team of engravers for David's records and live shows. If you're attending one of David's live shows, chances are they are playing one of Scott's transcriptions. Kelly Clarkson's Musical Director is another one of his repeat engraving clients.
In June of 2015, Scott was offered the position of keyboardist/vocalist in Carrie Underwood's band, and holds that position currently. This has been a thrilling ride and a blessing to work with such great people!
In between tours, Scott's career has also been peppered with performances with other artists, some recording work, and various jobs as Music Director. He's even dabbled in songwriting and have had cuts with Christian artists Bryan Duncan and Kim Boyce. Since 1997, Scott has alsoe worked as Music Director at a couple of churches in Nashville. He also travels to teach and play for various worship conferences and seminars. His song "Living Water" was selected as the theme for Come Thirsty, a teaching series by Max Lucado.
In 2003, Scott found himself listening to a lot of Steely Dan, and got a crazy idea to try and put together a tribute show to play for fun in Nashville. He was fortunate to find 11 others who would take the plunge with him and Royal Scam was born. The name was changed to Twelve Against Nature in Nov. 2005 due to trademark complications with another band. This adventure led to forming a company called ClassicTributeBands.com, which includes two other bands: Make Me Smile (a Chicago tribute), and Live From Ventura Boulevard (a tribute to West Coast music'75-85). To top it all off, Scotts performs with The Eaglemaniacs, a tribute to Don Henley and the Eagles.