Max Gomez is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter from Taos, NM, with the soul of someone much older and the ability to tap the child-like wonder in all of us. “I feel the time has come/It’s underneath my thumb/Maybe I don’t stand a chance,” Gomez sings in a Coldplay-like falsetto on “If I Could Rule the World,” a song which takes us back to the fairy tales of our childhood; inspired by an evening spent in Nashville on his friends couch, watching the animated Disney feature Aladdin. “The triumphant strings on the end credits gave me this idea to evoke the same feeling we got as kids watching those kinds of movies,” explains Max. “Still in that moment, I wrote the song in what seemed like 10 minutes.”
Taking a page from his old-school Americana influences, the gravelly voiced, baritone crooner got his start as a working musician singing Johnny Cash’s version of Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” counting those two, as well as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Neil Young and Tom Petty, along with roots like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and B.B. King, among his favorites.“I’m influenced by the old stuff,” he admits, with songs like Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” and the ‘30s standard “When Did You Leave Heaven?” in his live repertoire. “To me, that’s the best music. I just don’t find any of the new stuff that interesting.”
The son of a Portuguese/Spanish father and an Irish/Scottish mom, Gomez grew up in Taos, a beautiful town which sits at 7,000 feet, surrounded by peaks twice as high, an artsy community whose culture is influenced by its Native American population and old world Spanish adobe buildings. After attending the Recording Artist Program in Hollywood, where he learned about recording, writing and the business side of the music industry, Gomez divided his time between his hometown, Nashville, L.A. and Atlanta, where he began collaborating with fellow singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins. The two have co-written four songs, three of which appear on Mullins’ highly acclaimed album Light You Up, released in October 2010.
Forthcoming LP set to be released in Fall of 2012.
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"Having Max Gomez play for our college students has been a wonderful treat for everyone involved. M..."Having Max Gomez play for our college students has been a wonderful treat for everyone involved. Max has an instant rapport with the students. Everyone loves his music, particularly because he has written much of the music himself. We have had Max play both on our campus in Taos, New Mexico, as well as the main SMU campus here in Dallas, and we look forward to bringing him back to both venues for future shows. He’s an amazing young artist!"
Key to the Highway (B. Broonzy)
Ball & Chain
Not What I Need
Cherokee Fiddle (M. Murphey)
You Get Me High
What It Means
Run From You
Rule the World
Black & White
Cherry Red Wine
Tall Buildings (J. Hartford)
Drift Away (M. Williams)
*all songs written by Gomez except where noted
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