ABOUT THE BAND
Tommy Funderburk and Bruce Gaitsch are the founding members of the band King Of Hearts™. They have both individually enjoyed successful careers as songwriters and studio musicians for many years. If you listen to Rock and Pop songs on the radio from the 80’s thru today, you’ll hear them all the time. From Boston to the Eagles, to Jimmy Page, Whitesnake and Michael Jackson, Airplay, Michael McDonald, Motley Cru, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Rick Springfield, Roger Waters, Chicago, Celine Dion, Heart, Yes and many others -even Spinal Tap! They have produced, played, written and sung on countless number one hits. Bruce has written several hits, including the number one songs “La Isla Bonita” for Madonna and “It Don’t Mean Nothin” for Richard Marx, and Tommy had a big hit with Starship called “It’s Not Enough.” While Bruce continued writing hits for other artists and touring with Richard Marx and Peter Cetera, Tommy first founded his own record label (Sovereign Artists) and then created a fan and artist friendly technology company that helps copyright owners connect directly to their fans (Muzit).
Of all their individual success, Tommy and Bruce are most proud of their band, King Of Hearts™, whose original lineup from 1989 included members Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles), George Hawkins (Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Loggins), and Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger). Since 1989, Tommy and Bruce have recorded over seven albums and toured the world as the original artists, ”King Of Hearts”.
Fast forward to today – fans around the world were asking if and when the band would finish their new recordings. Overwhelmed by the worldwide interest, Tommy and Bruce entered Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville armed with great new songs and the new King Of Hearts™ band including bassist John Patitucci (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock), drummer Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Toto) and producer, songwriter, arranger and keyboardist, CJ Vanston (Toto, Spinal Tap).
The new album was recorded the way all great records are made – real instruments, real talent, recording together in a real studio to create “real music.” The response from the music community has been overwhelming. Some of today’s most respected studio musicians and a growing list of legendary artists are adding their talents to the album including Timothy B Schmit (Eagles), Bill Champlin and Peter Cetera (Chicago), Fee Waybill (Tubes) and more.
KING OF HEARTS
- Guitar -
#1 Songs for Madonna, Richard Marx. Guitarist for Roger Waters, Elton John, Michael McDonald, Brian Wilson. “You’re Hired!” – Roger Waters “What he plays moves you” – Bill Champlin
- Vocals -
Airplay, Boston, Jimmy Page, Bon Jovi, Heart, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, “The fabulous vocals of Mr. Fun-to-be-with” – Jimmy Page, “A Giant” – David Foster
- Bass -
Grammy Winner. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynston Marsalis “…Best Jazz Bassist” – Guitar player magazine Reader’s Poll “One of the finest bassists in the world.” – Wayne Shorter
- Keyboards -
Producer of Toto, Spinal Tap, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Tears for Fears, “…a joyous maker of sound and I’m honored to know him.” – Keith Emerson “… he’s a monster, he kicked our ass!” – Steve Lukather.
- Drums -
Steely Dan, Sting, Toto, John Mayer, Bill Evans “…one of the world’s greatest drummers.” – Sting “His groove is just as good at the end of the day as it is at the beginning.” – Walter Becker