Riki Michele & Tim Tormey

Riki Michele & Tim Tormey

 San Diego, California, USA

Riki Michele's voice & stage presence mesmerize. Think of your favorite alto singer then add an acoustic/alternative edge. Tim Tormey has percussive, impressive guitar skills and a warm, vocal harmony to match. Together they bring original, sweet & funky acoustic music to SD.


Born and raised in southern California, Riki Michele began singing as early as she did talking. The daughter of a Pentecostal preacher’s family, Riki was singing in church at an early age.

At age 16, Riki joined the band Adam Again. The band’s pioneering combination of toughened college rock and dynamic funk exhilarated and confused, as most pioneering efforts do. Rarely leaving their California confines, the band managed to influence and inspire across national boundaries. Their live shows were the stuff of legend, as a solid funk groove held court for the band’s searing guitar work and often tender, heart-rending songs. Influences were felt from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Zapp, REM, Prince, Talking Heads and Bill Withers. The band recorded five albums before ending in 2000 after the death of the band’s leader, Gene Eugene.

As Adam Again’s underground following grew, Riki decided to step out into the role of solo artist, beginning with the groundbreaking album Big, Big Town. Recorded in 1989, the album was an ahead-of-its-time blend of groove-based programming, acoustic-derived songs and dynamic guitar-organ interplay. The album generated outstanding reviews and began the process of innovative musical explorations. An alternating cycle of solo and band albums bring Riki to the release of Surround Me.

Like Riki Michele, Tim Tormey started his relationship with music very early, learning guitar at age 8 and playing for church shortly after that. In high school he became best friends with Scott Craig, one of the “New Mouseketeers” from the late 1970s revival of the Mickey Mouse Club. Together they formed a band that gigged around Southern California and had some label interest but, as all good boy bands do, broke up as adolescence ended. In his early 20s Tim was part of an L.A. band called “Private Parking,” then began hitting the coffee house circuit as a member of “Tormey and Elliott,” a singing/songwriting trio with the album "R & R" to their credit. In 2003, Tim wrote and recorded a solo release, “Hope and Healing.” In the mid 2000s, Tim was part of another acoustic trio, ACT, with April and friend, Claudia Fernety. ACT played numerous So Cal festivals, and recorded the album “One For the Road” in 2006.

Riki Michele & Tim Tormey combined forces in 2009 and have been playing out with their brand of acoustic/alternative music in San Diego since.


Forever Bright

Written By: Riki Michele & Steve Hindalong

Sometimes you make me so confused
Your methods mixing up my mind
Sometimes our love seems less than true
So hard to feel the sun shine

Ooh, baby, look into my eyes
Tell me, tell me what you find
My love for you still shines
Shines forever bright

Sorry to leave you in the cold
it hurts me seeing you so sad
let's make love stay new 'til we're old
come close to me and let's be glad

Ooh baby, look into my eyes....

Treasure You

Written By: Riki Michele & Steve Hindalong

I have discovered sparkling wonders in the sky
still nothing so bright as your eyes
ooh, I have uncovered jewels after weary miles
but none so precious as your smile

I treasure you, I treasure you my love
I treasure you, I treasure you my love

I have heard violins play sweet but not so fine
as when you said you would be mine
ooh, if I were drenched in diamonds falling from above
I'd be so poor without your love

I treasure you....


"Riki Michele & Tim Tormey: Live Bootleg" (2010)

This 6-song EP features three Michele originals (“Forever Bright,” “Treasure You,” and “The Sweetness”), one Tim original (“Serenity”), and two covers — Shawn Colvin’s “Get Out of This House,” and the Beatles “I’ll Be Back.” Raw. Live. Bootleg. Available for purchase at http://www.rmandtt.com

"Big Big Town" (1989) – Riki Michele

Riki Michele’s groundbreaking first album. This CD did everything the Lilith Faire revolution did, but 10 years earlier. Produced by Gene Eugene. Available for download at iTunes or for purchase at Amazon.com

"Surround Me" (2007) – Riki Michele

This is the release that the “Phantom Tollbooth” described as “… a perfect album…” Available for download at iTunes and for purchase at CDBaby.com or Amazon.com

"Hope and Healing" (2003) – Tim Tormey

Tim’s debut solo album that CD Baby described as “a folk/pop treasure of solid melodies, meaningful lyrics, and top-notch acoustic guitar work.” Available for download at iTunes and for purchase at CDBaby.com or Amazon.com

"One for the Road" (2007) – ACT (with Tim Tormey)
Tim’s acoustic collaboration with Claudia Fernety and April Elliott Kent. Available for purchase at www.rmandtt.com.

"R and R" (1991) – Tormey and Elliott
A collection of originals and beloved covers by Tim and Dennis Tormey and April Elliott (Kent). Available for purchase at www.rmandtt.com

Set List

Set list for upcoming benefit concert -- 1 hour play time.

1. Mystery in Me (original)
2. Poetry Man (Phoebe Snow)
3. Forever Bright (original)
4. River on Fire (original)
5. You Can Close Your Eyes (James Taylor)
6. Secrets and Lies (Jonatha Brooke)
7. Things I Mean (original)
8. I’ll Be Back (Beatles)
9. The Weakness in Me (Joan Armatrading)
10. Dig (original)
11. Blackbird (Beatles)
12. Walk on By (Dionne Warwick)
13. Home/Here Comes the Sun (original/Beatles)
14. Treasure You (original)