TJ Norton is a professional harmonica player, singer and songwriter from the UK, now living in Los Angeles, who has performed on shows across the UK, Europe and the USA.
Most recently a nominated finalist in the British Blues Awards, and having one of his original songs used in the soundtrack of the multi award winning critically acclaimed documentary “As The Crow Flies”. The winner of ‘Gold Medal for International Documentary’ at the 2015 World Film Awards, by adventure filmmaker Ian Burton. Additionally, TJ has released two music video’s in support of his 2014 ep release “Never Giving Up”.
TJ grew up hearing great music at home every day, which gave him a deep love of American roots, blues, spirituals, and any other music that stirred his soul. He learned to play harmonica through one of the deepest and most critical traditions of old blues players, by ear, sitting along side more experienced musicians, studying and listening to recordings, absorbing every note and nuance of this great art form.
He left home at age sixteen, moving to London, and two years later was living in the USA. Having been schooled by the streets. Now more than thirty years later, he has many a tale to tell with his music.
TJ Norton plays music as a man possessed. Gifted with the ability to switch from a beautiful gentle phrase, to full bore fat tone highly energetic musical attacks, in an instant. He doesn't just play music, he lives and literally breathes his craft!
“A brilliant blues harmonica player.” Maryport Blues Festival
“Dynamite blues…Stompin’, hollering’ and blowing up a storm. Recommended stuff indeed!”
“Thoughtful and passionate…Old skool down ‘n’ dirty Mississippi style - harmonica driven, one man band street blues…With a true focus on rhythm and expression with a critical connection to the audience.”
'Dont think, Feel' - Bruce Lee.
TJ believes deeply in 'serving the song', and that is his speciality.
He believes that technical ability and knowledge are skills that are needed in order to choose the right notes to play for the feel of the song, or tune.
This approach has earned TJ the admiration of many peers in the music world, and every audience he has ever played for. In his own words," I would rather play just one note in the right place than throw lines of notes out for the sake of my ego. I like to go with the 'feel' of a song and add my part to compliment it. Music is about expressing emotion and empathic communication to me. Its who and how i am, so that's how i work".
TJ currently plays solo with his harmonica driven one man band act,
TJ & THE SUITCASE.
He is now based in Los Angeles, California, USA.