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Michael Tinholme’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “When Winter Falls on New York”

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

MT_XmasPromoCover“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is one of those classic melancholy Christmas songs that as a singer I am naturally attracted to and it’s one of my favorites. It’s funny what singers think about when they sing songs, for me “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” takes me back to memories of my childhood as an army brat, when my dad was stationed in some far off danger. It reminds me of the hole left open in our family when he was away and brings me back to the very real Christmas wishes that me and my brother had that we would find him safe at home on Christmas morning.

It seems the holidays always intensify our love and our feelings of longing for those we love who are far away. I read once that there is no act of love more noble than when it is held and nurtured by someone who can not realize it. We’ve all seen the recent devastation brought to the East coast by hurricane Sandy and the tragedy and sadness that this storm brought to the people along the New Jersey shore and to Brooklyn, Breezy Point Queens , Long Island, Staten Island and all up and down the Eastern seaboard. In just a few days thousands of people in these areas were displaced and many lost everything. While the storm brought heartbreak it also showed the rest of the world that Americans are always willing to pitch-in and help each other.

It makes me proud to say that I live in a country where people, like my brother Mark a minister who lives in New Jersey, were out in the cold and rain trying to help neighbors who needed it. Like my brother says “you can’t do everything, but you can do something.” For you out there reading this that is what I hope you will do, do something. There are more families homeless and more kids on the streets and there are many fine organizations, like Covenant House, The Red Cross, Salvation Army and many others, that are poised and at the ready to give immediate help to these families and kids. So I encourage you to do something and to lend your support.

It is my prayer and most sincere hope that those who have been harmed and injured by hurricane Sandy will find the love and compassion of their neighbors and that they will be home soon and that winter falls more gently this year.

John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas-War is over” by Michael Tinholme featuring Hall of Fame guitarist Steve Lukather and an All-Star Band

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

The world has changed a lot since John Lennon’s passing. Where once poets and artists spoke truth to power no matter the party now we live in an age where poets and artists line up on the Its Christmas Time in the City CD CoverRight and Left to call each other illegitimate.  No longer do we hear artists calling for unity now they ask us to choose a side. John Lennon was a special artist and poet in that he took no political sides and he imagined for all of us the freedom to express our individual views and interests without fear and reprisal. His music tells us that as human beings we are so much more alike than different and all people have legitimate concerns and points of view. He also understood that people take political sides, and while it might serve the political power brokers, this shouldn’t make people on all sides of todays issues and all people of goodwill adversaries. And as he observed while nations are separated by physical boarders it shouldn’t mean that they are natural enemies and that war is not the answer.

For people all across our country and around the world these are very challenging times to live in. People are struggling everywhere to live and take care of their families and to get through another day of the world’s turmoil. While the political artists, pundits and commentary are trying to tell us that we are more divided then ever and ask us to choose sides, I believe we all know that we have to come together. This is the spirit that lives in John Lennon’s music. This is the unavoidable message that will endure through the ages.   To you out there listening it was a great joy to record John Lennon’s classic “Happy Christmas-War is Over” one of my favorite songs. I hope this re-release will remind us all of what we have in common and I wish you all Peace, Joy and Everything Wonderful.

Thank you for listening.

Covenant House Receives Warm Support from the Music Community

Friday, December 4th, 2009

I’m very grateful to the folks at National Public Radio (NPR), JAZZIZ Magazine, All About Jazz, Magnet Magazine and broadcasters across the country for lending their support to Covenant House by contributing free ad space and broadcast time to promote and support the works of this organization that makes a positive real world impact for homeless and exploited kids living on the streets. These folks were quick to come onboard and to support me in my humble efforts with Covenant House and I’m very grateful.

I never intended for my experience of being homeless to be the center piece of my music career, nor do I want it to be. It does not define me but I can’t run from it either. I did discover finally, that being homeless as a kid had become inextricably a part of the person that I am-for better or for worse. Truthfully, it has always been a source of shame and an example of my own personal failing. It was probably the main reason why I ran away from a music career, years ago. My experience does not make me an expert. I am just the sum total of my experience and the wonderful people who have contributed to my life and changed my thinking and my heart. As long as I can do anything to help Covenant House and repay the goodwill from the many people who helped and invested emotion and time in my well being, so that I may now enjoy the blessings of this wonderful life, I will do whatever I can to help.

I’ve often been asked, what was the hardest thing about being homeless? Certainly, being hungry, cold and constantly on the move was miserable and unpleasant, but I think the most damaging thing that happened to me was when I became invisible. When people look through you without seeing you it has a devastating impact on the human psyche and spirit. The support from NPR, JAZZIZ Magazine, All About Jazz, Magnet Magazine and broadcasters all over helps make these kids and their desperation more visible to all.

Thank you for Supporting Covenant House. They really do open doors for homeless youth.
Michael Tinholme

With Your Purchase of “It’s Christmas Time in the City” and by Supporting Covenant House You Are Helping to Get Homeless Children Off the Streets

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


Covenant House Contact
Tom Manning
212-727-4920 (office)
845-300-2126 (cell)

“It’s Christmas Time in the City” Helps Benefit Covenant House

NEW YORK – November 20, 2009 – Blue Planet Records announced today that proceeds from jazz singer/ songwriter Michael Tinholme’s “It’s Christmas Time in the City” will benefit Covenant House, the largest nonprofit agency in the Americas helping homeless, trafficked and sexually exploited kids.

“I remember more than one Christmas I spent on the streets as a teenager,” says Tinholme.  “Thankfully there were people who came into my life to help when I needed it most.   Covenant House has always been a place where kids on the street know that they can go for protection and to lift them up.   I am humbled by this opportunity to support Covenant House and I hope this effort will make a solid, real world impact on children who really need our help this holiday season.”

“Covenant House is very grateful that Michael has chosen to share his unique talent to help our kids,” says Covenant House spokesman Tom Manning.  “The fact that Michael knows what our kids go through on the street makes his support all the more special.   It is through efforts like this that we will continue to pursue our mission of getting all kids off the streets.”

$1 from every CD sold online and 15% of all downloads of “It’s Christmas Time in the City” will go to benefit Covenant House.

“I’ve been given a gift, a career making music with some of the most talented jazz musicians in the world,” says Tinholme.  “It is my goal to use this gift to spread the word that more and more children are pouring onto the streets, that more and more are missing every day, and that there are people on the streets that seek to exploit the innocent.   Places like Covenant House confront those exploiters and traffickers of innocent children and gets children off the streets.  They deserve the support of all of us.”

About Covenant House

Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest nonprofit agency in the Americas helping homeless, trafficked and sexually exploited kids, providing 24/7 crisis care and ongoing support at more than two dozen facilities, www.NINELINE.org, Covenant House NINELINE (1-800-999-9999) and www.covenanthouse.org.

CONTACT:  Tom Manning, Office, +1-212-727-4920, Cell, +1-845-300-2126



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LOS ANGELES-November 16, 2009-Blue Planet Records and recording artist Michael Tinholme are proud to announce…

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$1 of every CD of “It’s Christmas Time in the City” by singer songwriter Michael Tinholme sold online and 15% of all downloads of this CD will go to benefit Covenant House-on the front lines against the exploitation of children and getting homeless children off the streets.

From the recording artist who brought you the singles “When Winter Falls on New York the Whole World Knows it’s Christmas Time”, “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “The Party’s Over,” and “Make Someone Happy.”


From “It’s Christmas Time in the City” Michael Tinholme introduces his new single his remake of John Lennon’s classic “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” with legendary Hall of Fame guitarist Steve Lukather and his all-star band.

“It’s Christmas Time in the City” features ten great Christmas classics and two new Christmas originals by Michael Tinholme “When Winter Falls on New York” and “Maybe Next Year.” We all remember those great classic recordings by Nat King Cole, The Beatles, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, “It’s Christmas Time in the City” is in the tradition of these great recordings.

Spanning from despair and homelessness to working and recording with the world’s most renowned and accomplished

Kate Miles
Blue Planet Records
(818) 590-9364

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Michael Tinholme is a singer and songsmith with a special gift and compelling personal story.

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There is a Santa Clause and his name is Steve Lukather

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Steve Lukather &  me

I am just thrilled to tell all of you out there listening that there is indeed a Santa Clause and he came in and ripped it up on my Christmas CD.

We all have those special people in our lives that when we see them our love and affection for them wells up inside of us almost to the point that it can’t be contained. It either comes out in nervous laughter or sometimes in tears of joy. For me Steve Lukather has always been one of those people. Not because he’s an amazingly gifted Guitar Master and Hero and multi-Grammy winnng Rock Star and soon to be Musician Hall of Fame guitarist, he’s certainly all of these things and more, but because he’s also kind and generous and was someone who was there for me at a time in my life when I truly needed friendship. Over the years I have watched and listened from a distance, as we all have, as he’s made his mark on popular music with his band Toto, and from his work with everyone from Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell to almost every other great artist in today’s popular music that you can think of. I want to tell you  of the thrill and elation that I would feel when I would open up a CD and Luke would be playing on it. I would pray or imagine that he could hear my screams of joy or feel the excitement within me.

Over the last few months I’ve been finishing a Christmas CD that we started on awhile back. Hadn’t seen Luke for awhile and then we bumped into each other at the famous Baked Potato a few weeks back and the next thing I know we are in the studio and he’s recording on my Christmas CD. It’s like a wonderful dream come true. Not to mention he played an amazing solo on John Lennon’s Christmas classic “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” that we are all excited about.

Thank you Steve Lukather, I do believe in Santa Clause and I love you forever!

Love always,

Michael Tinholme

WOW! 10 Months of Solid Airplay & I’m a Cross-Over Artist!

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I’ve just been informed that my music has received solid continuous airplay all across the US since my Christmas single debut in Nov. 2008 and we’ve received  airplay in all radio formats. My CD’s and singles have played on Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Adult Contemporary radio stations.

“When Winter Falls on New York” received airplay across all formats.

“Brother Can You Spare a Dime” received airplay on Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Adult Contemporary.

“A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “The Party’s Over” and “Make Someone Happy” are now being played on Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Adult Contemporary stations all across the United States and these new singles mark the introduction of my music to an international audience and I’m thrilled to say that I’m now receiving airplay on radio stations around the world.

I crossed-over all right, into some fantastic dreamland and I’m reminded of it every time I get an email or call from one of you out there listening that you’ve heard my music and that you appreciate what I do. Thank you Zoe, Barry and many others all around the world (wow! I can’t believe I said that) for your support and excitement. 

“A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”…On its way to the United Kingdom!!!

Monday, July 20th, 2009


Blue Planet Records is releasing “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” as a single with “Make Someone Happy” as a bonus track, as well as “The Party’s Over” all available on iTunes, Napster, Amazon.com and other retailers around the world.

The plan was Harry and Peg were going to retire to their dream cottage outside of London. Sadly that did not come to pass. I recorded “Nightingale” for you dad.

A special single pack CD of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Squre,” “Make Someone Happy” and “The Party’s Over” is on its way to thousands of radio stations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, and stations around the world.

Tom Fowlers arrangement of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “The Party’s Over” are absolutely brilliant and wonderful as are every one of his arrangements on “The House of Jazz.” Bruce Fowler’s trombone solo followed by his brother Walt Fowler’s trumpet solo on “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” is pure magic.

When I first heard these great classic songs spring to life, conducted by Bruce Fowler and played by that big beautiful orchestra, I just couldn’t wait to sing these great songs. And when I did finally sing them it was like being enveloped in some idealized romantic cinematic Woody Allen head space. I wish I could feel that way all the time.

Thank you for listening,

Michael Tinholme





Thank you Formula Team and all my friends

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Thank you Concetta Halstead for directing all of my design work. Concetta Halstead has worked for Capital Records, designed the Frank Sinatra box set as well as the Beatles Anthology Edition and I’m honored to be associated with her, Dee Eldridge and the rest of the Formula team. Thank you for making my love letter to New York City my CD “The House of Jazz” come to life.

Not only am I fortunate enough to be working with some amazing musical artists but I’m also fortunate to have Concetta , Dee and Kate Miles directing my creative efforts. In early October I was laid flat on my back from a car accident with five tracks still to be completed for the release of my Christmas CD “The Lost Christmas Card.” While I was out of it on drugs (prescribed) this team pulled together and was able to master the five tracks that we had prepared, produced the liner notes and all the artwork for the November release of the Christmas CD as well as the radio push. Had it not been for them my original single “When Winter Falls on New York the Whole World Knows it’s Christmas Time” would not have received airplay during the 2008 holiday season.

Circumstances in my life recently have given me time to think just how far I’ve come and how fortunate I am to have a lot of talented and good people supporting me. Which is really astonishing to me since I’ve been a loner pretty much all of my life. When I began my music career that completely changed and suddenly by merely pursuing what had been my dream for all my life my life opened and I had friends and wonderfully talented people supporting and encouraging me. Obviously these people have no taste and eventually they will see the error of their ways but right now I’m a very lucky guy who not only receives support from his team but also from a lot of good friends that I’ve made in this process. From my buddies at the post office who helped me get the huge mailing out, to my mechanic who posted my fliers in his window, to so many others who are spreading the news all over the country, yes I am truly one very lucky jazz singer.

Thank you all for everything.

Michael Tinholme

Brother Can You Spare A Dime

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

“Brother Can You Spare a Dime” is one those great songs that I always felt like spoke to my own personal story.  I recorded it over a year ago. I never thought it would be relevant to the times that we live in. For you out there listening, I would like to say that “Brother Can You Spare A Dime,” is just one of ten great classic songs that we recorded for this CD, which I feel is really more about the longing for love and justice and the triumph of hope.

The folks at Blue Planet Records have pressed up thousands of the single “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” and I understand that they are in transit to radio stations around the world as I write this.

Going back to the subject of hope, we all see that these are troubled times that are testing all of us. I am just a singer and a songwriter that really doesn’t know much about anything, who is still recovering from so many mistakes. Please forgive me if I offend anyone, but I do owe those who showed me, that where there is hope there are answers to be found, hold on to it and share it with others but don’t let anyone take it from you.

It’s in that spirit I encourage all of us looking for hope, to give it. May I encourage you to support Covenant House and other fine charities because no one should be homeless, especially a child.

Michael Tinholme

Albert Wing and the Fowler Brothers tear it up!!!!!

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Fowler Brothers and Albert Wing recording session for “the Lost Christmas Card” and my Dad was there, it was so cool. We had the horn date with Bruce and Walt Fowler and on saxophone Albert Wing. They played through all the arrangements and sounded fantastic. Then we queued up ‘When Winter Falls” for Albert’s saxophone solo. He played four solos each one of them was a killer and everyone in the room had their own favorite. Afterwards my dad walks up to him and says “you know you really caused a problem, its gonna be harder than hell to pick between those solos”. My Dad managed my first band and he has carried a torch for music career longer than anyone has. I am so grateful that he could see me in a studio again.