Rock frontman Tom Keifer is best known as the singer, songwriter and guitarist for the hard rock band Cinderella. The band formed in Philadelphia and is one of the most beloved bands from the ‘80s who has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. After over thirty years in the band, Keifer has released his first ever solo album. In a recent interview with Keifer, he talked about how he got his start in music, his long awaited new album and much more.
The turning point in his life as a musician first began when he saw The Beatles perform on television when he was around eight years old. “When I saw The Beatles play on The Ed Sullivan Show, it made me want to pick up the guitar,” Keifer said. From that point on, he began taking music lessons and never looked back. His earliest musical influences included bands such as The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Once he became more inundated in music, his influences included bands such as Yes, Rush, Faces, The Eagles and Janis Joplin, just to name a few. His eclectic taste in music can be heard in his own because of the wide range of music genres he has been exposed to over the years.
Keifer began working on his solo career in the ‘90s once Cinderella went on a hiatus and the music scene changed. The idea for his debut solo album, The Way Life Goes, is an idea that has evolved over the years. “It’s about real, every day emotions and experiences,” Keifer explained. Many genres of music can be heard in his music – everything from blues, country, rock and even gospel. “It draws from life and the process of life…I wait for the process to hit me…it’s not by appointment,” he explained when it comes to his songwriting style.
Keifer made his debut as a solo artist with his recent release The Way Life Goes. It’s been a long time in the making, and it’s definitely an album to check out. The release has spurred three singles including “Cold Day in Hell,” “Solid Ground,” and “The Flower Song.” The latter song was inspired by his wife, Savannah, who also wrote and co-produced some of the songs on the album. He is a very talented songwriter who has more than made his way in the music world.
Keifer made the move from Los Angeles to Nashville in the mid-90s. “Nashville is an amazing city. I moved on a whim…and I started writing with people. Nashville is full of amazing musicians,” he stated. When it comes to advice for fellow musicians, Keifer suggests, “Play what’s in your heart. It needs to be real…trends are a waste of time, and chasing trends is yesterday’s news.” He also maintains that it’s very important to stay persistent.
He has definitely made his mark in the music business over the years. Starting out as one of the most successful bands of the 80’s era was just the beginning. Keifer is a talented singer, songwriter and guitar player who has made himself a part of music history.