Tommy Mora

Guitar great and composer Tommy Mora known for his work alongside Marc Anthony, Prince, Al Green and Jennifer Lopez is originally from El Paso, Texas. Mora is credited for creating a new sound in rock that incorporates the timelessness of the 60's-70's music with a contemporary sound that could be called “New Vintage.” After John Lennon's death, Tommy Mora not only became a Beatles fan but took on the guitar with a vengeance in order to honor his fallen hero. Having come from a musical family Tommy points Lennon's death as ground zero of his musical career. His Dad, who was a himself a musician, gave him a Beatles album and his mom soon followed suit by giving him his first guitar. After a few years in music school at the age 12 Mora made a splashing debut on his elementary school stage backed by his cousin on drums and Dad thumping the bass. The lessons from legendary borderland guitar player Aquiles Valdez had paid off, along with mentoring from DJ Steve Crosno of El Paso’s KROD. Musical expansion to violin in the school orchestra broadened his horizon to classical but rock guitar would always be his first love. “It was love at first sight from the initial chords I strummed on an Ibanez Carl Perkins model” says Mora with his trademark down to earth, smart sense of humor. At age 15, Tommy and the Moondogs made their debut at El Paso’s popular hangout Lone Star Billiards, fueled by the inspiration of Jimi Hendrix, Santana and Led Zeppelin, as well as The Beatles. Tommy turned his parent’s garage into “The Blue Room” his first recording studio while he was still in college. It soon became the regular hang out place for musicians of all stripes in the greater El Paso area. In 2002 a local El Paso bassist landed an A&R contract with BMG in Los Angeles. He urged Tommy and band mates to relocate to Los Angeles. Tommy soon landed a job at SIR, the giant equipment rental and rehearsal facility, where his audio engineering talents were immediately recognized. Soon he was in charge of mixing sessions for all Grammy® show rehearsals. This paved the way for his role as musical director for Alejandro Fernandez' Grammy® appearance in 2005 and engineering for artists as diverse as Jennifer Lopez, Prince and Al Green. Tommy Mora's new brand of rock found the perfect home within the diversity of LA’s musical scene. He was soon performing all over Los Angeles in both American and Latin showcases, from the legendary Whisky A Go Go to The House of Blues, while still making appearances in his native Texas. Tommy Mora's discography includes Keep on Movin' (2010) a 14 track album where he played all the instruments. The album was a blend of rock, blues and funk co-produced by AJ Vallejo recorded at the legendary A&M studios in Hollywood. His follow up album Let it Shine is to be released in July 2014.