TOMMY MORA’S BIO:
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
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
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 June 2014.