Tom Renaud
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Tom Renaud

Santa Clarita, California, United States | SELF

Santa Clarita, California, United States | SELF
Band Folk Acoustic


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"Wow, I am impressed by your overall approach; your excellent detail and imagery really mesh well w/ your profound metaphor, nice obvious hoo and wonderful melody as well, great work my friend!"

- Great American Song Contest


Collaborative CD in Nova Scotia:
"Long Highway Home"
CD's with friends in Colorado:
"Traces of Heaven"
"Come Wind and Water"
Recent CD (guitar instrumentals):
"Walden Farewell"
My other recordings were tape cassette only:
"Tale of the Warrior King"
"Dare the Dream"



I was a monk for 25 years, living in Colorado, Nova Scotia, and Ireland. I lived in beautiful wilderness areas, developing a great love for nature’s beauty. I had the opportunity to work with my hands, learning construction, carpentry and woodcarving. And all the while I worked on the guitar and wrote songs.
The monasteries I lived in were retreat centers as well; people came from all walks of life to spend time with God. I spoke with them, heard their stories, and counseled many of them. I traveled to churches and conference centers, giving talks on the importance of living a life centered in the Spirit. Everywhere I went, my music became a way of communicating with and uplifting others.
In 1998 my religious community met a Nova Scotian folk duo, Evans and Doherty. Together we made a recording (mostly my originals) that received national airplay in Canada.
In 2003 I performed my songs at the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Festival in Ireland.
In 2005 I left the monastery. I was married in 2008, and have the privilege of living with a wonderful wife and stepson! I teach special education in California—but music continues to be my favorite work. I just finished “Walk Till Morning”, a CD of 14 original songs written over the last 20 years. In addition, I enjoy playing acoustic guitar instrumentals in a variety of settings.