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Tom Prasada-Rao

A highly-rhythmic approach to the acoustic guitar is combined with soulful vocals and well-crafted lyrics by Baltimore-based singer-songwriter Tom Prasada-Rao. A popular performer in the Washington, D.C. area since the early-1990s, Prasada-Rao has been increasingly building a much wider following. The winner of a WAMMIE (Washington area music association) award as "Best Male vocalist - folk traditional of 1994", Prasado-Rao was called, by Billboard magazine, "the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre".

The son of Indian parents who were living in Africa, Prasada-Rao grew up in Washington, D.C.. Studying violin at the age of seven, Prasada-Rao went on to study piano. While in high school, he switched to the guitar as a way to overcome his "shyness and make new friends".

After attending college in England and India, Prasada-Rao returned to the Washington, D.C. area and played with two local bands--Mantle and Traveler's Crossroads. As a solo singer-songwriter, Prasada-Rao has continued to craft a unique sound by blending pop, R&B and world music influences.

Prasada-Rao's hard work paid off in 1993 when he was a winner of the "New Folks" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Together with two other winners, Tom Kimel and Michael Lille, Prasada-Rao formed a "singer-songwriter supergroup", Shepas, that has periodically toured throughout The United States.

In addition to maintaining a busy career as a performer, Prasada-Rao has been involved with several politically-oriented groups including The Committee for Creative Non-Violence, Art With A Heart and The Midwest Flood Victim Relief. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Tom is amazing - an astonishing writer, gifted performer and genius of a musical talent - in addition to being a really lovely human being and friend. I was lucky enough to sing backup with him regularly in the DC area in the 90's and singing with Tom still ranks as one of the highlights of my artistic life.
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rayofsunshin e 3 9
I love his sound, his voice, his lyrics, and his rhythms. What a talent!
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rickster
Tom is a great entertainer and lyricist. He has a terrific voice, as well.
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This guy is fantastic! I saw him perform with his wife, Cary Cooper, and accordian/pi a n o virtuoso Radoslav Lorcavic at a local house concert and they were great!
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gjrao306
I am so very proud of the musicology of this great musician and humanitarian soul, my cousin, Tom
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andymaeding
Tom, he is a tremendous man. A soulful and passionate musician.
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I just discovered this artist and I am impressed! Great tone to his voice, good lyrics and easy to listen to!
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can't believe i've never heard of him before - awesome - soulful folk

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