Timothy Bloom Talks Bob Dylan, Motown & 'The Beginning'

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Timothy Bloom

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” was Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Timothy Bloom’s first introduction to secular music.

“I grew up listening to gospel, old backwoods juke joint gospel,” recalls Bloom, raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, by his preacher parents. “Then I heard ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ and that drove me to all types of music from Nina Simone and Beethoven to Duran Duran, Joan Baez and Motown.”

Bloom draws from those and other influences on his latest album, The Beginning. Released via his Beyond the Sky Music imprint, the seven-song set is the first volume in the alternative soul artist’s ambitious The Life Trilogy series. In support of the release, Bloom is performing Tuesday night (Oct. 25) at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. The performance is the third of six pop-up appearances Bloom is making throughout the city, including stops at S.O.B.’s (Oct. 26), Pianos (Nov. 1) and Ginny’s Supper Club (Nov. 5).

Leading the charge for The Beginning is the single “Work It Out,” inspired by the Flamingos’ classic “I Only Have Eyes for You.” The emotional ballad is about someone doing everything in his or her power to making a failing relationship work.

Listen to “Work It Out”:

Trilogy is about my life experiences and journey with music,” says Bloom. “People are always telling me that I’m all over the place; that they can’t put me in a set box. So I came up with this concept to revisit all of my musical influences. I’m using all of those inspirations -- gospel, rock, folk, R&B -- from back in the day to today.” The set’s other noteworthy tracks include the '70s rock-vibed “Adam and Eve” and the Motown-infused “Howl at the Moon” (“It takes you back to Stevie Wonder with tones of Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis,” says Bloom).

Initially signed to Interscope through a joint arrangement with producers Timbaland and Polow Da Don, Bloom issued his first EP in 2010, The Budding Rose. His Interscope debut spun off the tracks “‘Til the End of Time” and “Possibilities.” The former, featuring singer and Empire cast member V. Bozeman, became a top 30 hit on Adult R&B Songs and sparked a sexy, sultry video that has since racked up 4.6 million YouTube views.

Prior to Interscope, Bloom’s songwriting/production talent had been his calling card, thanks to collaborations with Smokey Robinson and on Grammy-winning projects by Ne-Yo (“Say It” on Because of You) and Chris Brown (“All Back” on F.A.M.E.). His additional credits include writing songs for K. Michelle, Diddy/Dirty Money and emerging newcomer Tish Hyman as well as a 2014 self-titled independent album (featuring “Stand in the Way [Of My Love]”) and Timothy Bloom-Deluxe released the same year.

“There’s no stopping me,” says Bloom, whose future plans include a possible reteaming with Bozeman (“We did a performance in Los Angeles a few months ago that brought back great memories”). He’s also working on music for upcoming film and TV projects under industry veteran Dame Dash’s production banner. And, of course, there’s the second chapter in The Life Trilogy, slated for March or April 2017. 


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