Tommy DeCarlo was born in Rome, New York, located 50 miles east of Syracuse, New York. DeCarlo discovered and became a fan of the band Boston at age 12. Years later he began writing his own music in the 1990’s and recording covers of himself singing his favorite Boston songs. He posted these recordings on his daughter’s MySpace page.
Fast forward to March 2007. Original Boston lead singer Brad Delp unexpectedly died at the age of 55. To honor Delp, DeCarlo wrote and recorded an emotional song about his favorite vocalist. His daughter suggested that he post that song as well, on her Myspace page.
Another Boston fan heard DeCarlo’s work and suggested that he send his Myspace page link to Boston management. DeCarlo sent the link, and was approached by Boston founder Tom Scholz not long after. At the time, DeCarlo was working at a Charlotte area Home Depot as a Credit Manager.
Scholz invited DeCarlo to perform at the Brad Delp Tribute Concert, which was happening soon at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA. Later in 2007 DeCarlo was hired by Scholz as the lead vocalist of Boston and is still the Current Lead Vocalist. He has toured with the band on all tours since 2008.
Tommy DeCarlo currently resides near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Annie. DeCarlo (the band) is fronted by Tommy DeCarlo along with his son, guitarist Tommy DeCarlo Jr. As Tommy tells it, Tommy Jr. is truly the backbone of DECARLO. He has a great feel for what’s going to work on stage, not just musically, but production wise, too and leads the charge in the band’s performances. Of course, no band is complete without a great supporting cast, which in DECARLO’s case is multi-talented keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Payton Velligan, drummer Christian Sturt and bassist Edward Sturt.
The band’s debut album ,“Lightning Strikes Twice” is a very fine slice of melodic rock, deeply rooted in the sound of masters of the genre like Kansas, Foreigner, Survivor, and REO Speedwagon.
“We’re very excited about the release of “Lightning Strikes Twice!” continues Tommy. “As an artist/songwriter you are always going to be proud of your work, but there’s nothing more gratifying than to please those who matter most… the fans! It’s our hope that the music on this debut release will in some way, shape or form touch those who take the time to listen to it.” Simply put… DECARLO ROCKS! If you are a classic AOR/Melodic Rock band, you simply can’t miss this debut album!