“My friend, Tom Tipton’s music deserves a place in
American culture and history. He is unique in his
presentation, dynamic in his personality and sings directly
to the heart of every individual. His music inspires, uplifts
and consoles needy hearts. I wish there were more like
him.” - Peter Daniels, author of How to Reach your Goals
"Tom Tipton has inspired and brought joy to tens of
thousands of people across the country in venues like the Crystal Cathedral
in California, the White House in Washington, D.C. and many places here at
home. He is a true Minnesota treasure." - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
"My friend, Tom Tipton is one of America’s most gifted
singers. He’s been with men in prisons and his booming
voice shakes the prison walls. He communicates
magnificently, not only by his splendid voice but by his
beautiful spirit." - Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries
"Sometime early in life Tom must have realized that not all of us have had his good fortune, to be born with a song in his heart. It has guided him every step of his life. To hear hear Tom, is to hear America singing. He has joined us with his exuberance, his reverence and solemnity in our times of trial. He has inspired us in our faith and led us in our thanksgiving, and healed us in our grief. And Tom has done this not only with his song but with his joy and humility and his decency." - Jim Klobuchar, columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Close to Tom Tipton’s devotion to his family and to his faith,
come his deep love of his country and the freedoms it proclaims. This is true
despite the fact that, as a black youth, growing up in our nation’s capitol,
which was still a Southern city, Tom was often denied freedoms that whites
took for granted. As a young shoeshine boy, he buffed the boots of some of
Washington’s most prominent politicians in the shadow of the White House.
Yet he was not permitted to participate in the annual White House Easter egg
hunts because of the color of his skin. In the 1960s, he stood with Martin
Luther King, Jr. in various rallies fighting for the freedoms his people were
Decades later, he was invited to perform at the White
House he was denied entrance to as a youth as a guest of President Bill
Clinton. He sang at various occasions for presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald
Reagan and George Bush Sr., for vice presidents Hubert Humphrey and
Walter Mondale and Senator Hillary Clinton.
Tom served for 29 years as a soloist at Reverend Robert H.
Schuler’s internationally famous Crystal Cathedral and performed more than
100 times on their nationally broadcast TV “Hour of Power”. He sang
alongside Senator Amy Klobuchar at the post 9-11 rally at the State Capitol.
He sang at his close friend Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s funeral. He
sang for Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Dedication of the World War II Veterans’
Memorial at the State Capitol and sang to honor the Tuskegee Airmen of
World War II fame. in Garden Grove, California.
He has performed multiple times for the ESGR Dinners honoring the extraordinary employers of our US service men and women. He has sung, in recent years, at virtually every gathering where freedom and liberty and valor are celebrated.
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