When your father is a legendary jazz guitarist and your aunt a well-renowned gospel artist it’s hard not to follow those footsteps! Gospel newcomer Tim Bowman Jr. is doing just that with his Top 10 Billboard Gospel debut album, Beautiful.
I had the pleasure of chatting with him to get a little more insight on his journey to Beautiful.
TMS: First let me say again congratulations! I love the album! It’s been on repeat since the release. How does it feel to have just released your debut album?
TBJ: First of all thank you for taking the time to interview me. It feels great. It’s an overwhelming feeling. I didn’t expect it to have such an impact!
TMS: It really is a great album! When I was listening to it I was trying to pick a favorite; but every song is my favorite. I really love “I’ll Try” though.
TBJ: Wow, thank you for that! That’s amazing.
TMS: No problem. How’d you come up with the title?
TBJ: It’s the title of the song I did with my father. We decided that would be the album title.
TMS: Cool, What was the recording process was like.
TBJ: It took about two and a half to three years. We recorded between 30 and 40 songs and narrowed it down to 13.
TMS: Wow, must have been a hard decision making those cuts! Did you do most of the writing on the album?
TBJ: I co-wrote about 8 of the songs. There was a core group of 4 of us who wrote for the album.
TMS: Your music is very eclectic. There’s pop, jazz, acoustic…everything really! Why did you decide to take that route?
TBJ: Well, I did that for two reasons. First, I listen to every genre of music. I try to find the best product of music. I love the simplicity of rock, the power of gospel, the sincerity of worship and the beats of pop. I wanted my album to show that. Also, we live in a day where we can go on iTunes and buy single tracks instead of records. But if people wanted to get a mix of music they can get the whole album!
TMS: That is a very interesting idea. But, did you feel you were taking a risk in making your album so musically diverse, especially in being a new artist?
TBJ: Of course! It’s a huge risk, but someone has to take it. I have nothing to lose!
TMS: You’ve been in the industry before this debut. I first heard you on “How I Got Over”. I remember getting the WOW Gospel 11 compilation and it was on there. I was like who is that scatting! I literally spent like 2 weeks trying to learn that. How did you learn how to scat like that?
TBJ: My father. I got the whole jazzy thing from him. When I was younger he would get his guitar and do little doodles and have me follow after him. That’s how I learned to scat.
TMS: That’s great. Not many people can master the art of scatting! With both your father and aunt being legendary artists did you feel any pressure growing up to fill their shoes?
TBJ: I feel like I had and still feel like I have big shoes to fill. They are trailblazers and amazing artists. But they don’t put any pressure on me. I just hope I can achieve half the things they did.
TMS: You will! Aside from them, who are some other musical influences?
TBJ: Wow. I have a lot. On the gospel side there’s the Clark sisters, Kim Burrell, Mary Mary, and the Winans. And I appreciate artists that do their craft well like Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Beatles, and Beyonce.
TMS: Wow that is a very eclectic list. Now I understand why your album is the way it is!
TBJ: Exactly! I listen to everything.
TMS: What do you hope listeners get from listening to you album?
TBJ: I hope people get an overall experience. I want the music to make them want to dance, worship, mellow out, chill out, praise…a whole mix of emotions! I want it to tell a story. I want them to take a journey.
TMS: Describe Tim Bowman Jr. in 3 words.
TBJ: Hmm, that’s an interesting question. I would say motivated, dedicated, and transparent.
Well, there you have it! Tim Bowman Jr’s dedication has landed him at #8 on the charts and he’s just getting started. It was truly a pleasure speaking with him and I’m excited to see what is in store for him in the future. He’s going to be touring so when he’s in your area…go see him!
In the meantime, make sure you get his debut album, Beautiful. It is amazing! Definitely music worth adding to your collection 🙂