Tavis Bohlinger

Tavis Bohlinger

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Tavis is a soulful Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter with a beautifully unique voice, superb acoustic guitar playing, and catchy melodies who has captivated audiences with his unique brand of music worldwide. Booking/inquiries: (310) 488-1166

Biography

"Acoustic Act of the Year" - LA Music Awards 2006
"Fan Favorite" - SoCal Music Awards 2007

"...soulful, thoughtful, melodic and moody. His songs are very deep with meaning and his guitar skills complex.. Amazing performer!� - Sean Smith, Executive Director, SIMA

"His kind, humble and positive energy...exudes in his music which sets the tone of the entire evening." - Sarah Long, Director of SCL Event Management Co.

Having played hundreds of shows worldwide the past few years, sharing the stage with such greats as Colbie Caillat, National Product, Shaun Cromwell, Derek Webb, Tristan Prettyman to name a few, and with songs placed on many movies, TV shows and commercials, Tavis continues to entertain and enlighten audiences everywhere. Heralded for his sparse, yet commanding performances, and his distinct style of guitar-playing, it is Tavis' ability to weave words like a master storyteller that sets him far apart from the pool of contemporary singer/songwriters. He is an impressionist, literally painting scenes and portraits of life and the experiences therein, and is considered a "wordsmith" and a "modern-day psalmist" by his peers.

Currently being played on the award-winning, LA-based radio station, Indie 104, and also Banana Peel Radio in Cananda, he has a debut album currently in the works and a large cult-following worldwide. This past year has been significant and busy for the 31-year old singer/songwriter. August 2008 saw the release of his much-anticipated, self-titled EP, which sold out the first run almost immediately. Previous to that, Tavis toured Brazil for two months with his wife, playing shows throughout Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and he is set to return to Brazil in April of 2009 to continue building his fan base in that country. 2007 brought a movie deal where he was cast as the lead actor in �Poet�s War�, and contributed four songs to the soundtrack. That same year, Tavis acted and played in a commercial shot by none other than Christopher Guest (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman). In 2006, in addition to a Costa Rica surf and music tour, Tavis was awarded the LA Music Awards Solo Acoustic Act of the Year Award, but felt compelled to turn it down due to a family emergency. That same year, he also held a recurring acting gig on the NBC action/drama "E-Ring", working alongside Dennis Hopper and Benjamin Bratt. Currently, he is in the studio recording his first full-length debut, set for release in Fall 2009 before the birth of his firstborn child. In the meantime, he continues to tour and introduce himself and his music to eager audiences worldwide.

�I used to doubt that a guy with a guitar could really hold an audience, and always felt the pressure to bring a band to every show. My perspective changed abruptly following a sologig I played at a high school for inner-city kids. Here I am, this 6�3� white-guy with a guitar in my hand and a beanie on my head, walking into an auditorium filled with hundreds of screaming teenagers. The rap act before me got booed off the stage. I was terrified. When I stepped up to the mic to play, some of the more brash kids started jeering and shouting insults. It was pretty bad for a minute, but I just started finger-picking my guitar, and then began singing. The song required me to really belt out the vocals, and I just went for it, really singing my heart out for these kids. The place went totally silent as I sang, and then, wouldn�t you know it, when I finished they leaped to their feet in this crazy, out-of-control applause and screaming. The music director came up to me afterwards with tears in his eyes, speechless. I had won the hearts of his kids through the power of music, and the power of an open, honest heart.�

Although his music has been featured in many films, TV shows, and surf documentaries, including a commemoration of the famous Robert August, and he has played on TV commercials, it is contributions to people of all types that really showcases Tavis' heart. He�s played charity gigs for the Invisible Children, Discover the Journey, Green Builders of America, SurfAid, and the LA Unified School District, and loves to use his talents anywhere he is called.

Lyrics

The Tempest

Written By: Tavis Bohlinger

There´s not hint of reason
you should keep us this bereaving
there´s a tempest every season
we´re at war

look down from your heavens
see your glory´s come to nothing
can´t you hear the voices laughing
at your door

(more lyrics at www.tavismusic.com)

God is Enough

Written By: Tavis Bohlinger

Be still my darling
Wait till the morning comes
Troubles have found us
Troubles around us
But God is enough

If I could offer
A house on the water I would
Shelter and safety
Are all that my hands bring
But God is enough

My love is strong as these bones
And I give you all that they hold
His love breathes in my soul for you
All for you

We may have nothing
At least no the nice things right now
My pockets are empty
Still we are wealthy
Cause God is enough

Awake from your sleep love
Morning has brought us a sign
Look at the sunrise
Your hands are in mine
God is enough

Discography

"Tavis Bohlinger, EP" - August 2008
Untitled Debut Album - Fall 2009

Set List

The Tempest
Precious One
For the First Time
Reginald
Dear God
Sweet Xanda
God is Enough
All Your Life
Like the Seasons
Pray
Sunsets
Will He Find You Sleeping
Hypocrites
Sweet Consumation

Typical set is an hour long with the above mentioned set list, however, Tavis has the capability 20 minutes to 3 hours or more, all utilizing original songs.