By Author/Journalist Dan Kimpel
Blessed with a transcendent voice of stratospheric dimensions, Tomasina, the Los Angeles-based vocalist, songwriter, producer and performer par excellence, presents her stunning full-length debut, Painted Crown.
With echoes of 1970’s vintage rock, Painted Crown summons the grandeur of classic influences. Gloriously orchestral songs reveal expansive melodic departures, mirroring a rich emotional quotient of determination and declaration. Tomasina’s bravura vocals soar above a swirling alchemy of thunderous rhythms, razor edged guitars and opulent keyboard wizardry.
A distinguished cast of creators joins Tomasina to bring Painted Crown to life. Among them are keyboardist Damon Fox (Big Elf, The Cult), the project’s producer. Mixed by five-time Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland and mastered by Grammy-nominated Kim Rosen, the project was tracked at various studios, including the legendary Studio City Sound, with Grammy honoree Tom Weir.
Two years in the making, Painted Crown is a proverbial labor of love. Donations raised from “The Troopers,” Tomasina’s loyal fan base, initially financed the project, but when the company that collected the funds went bankrupt, the money evaporated. Tomasina powered on – writing and recording at her own Tree House Studios – until a towering eucalyptus tree fell on her home, rendering it unlivable.
“Seven Years and broken mirrors/The cards were dealt against me
Angels raced from outer space /The Gods, they came to help me.”
-- “Nothing’s Gonna Save You”
The title of the collection, Painted Crown, is extracted from this autobiographical opening song. The theme extends a powerful metaphor for Tomasina’s conviction. “There are people my age, my generation, and my gender who have given up on their dreams,” she confirms. “I’m doubling down.”
On stage, Tomasina transports audiences as a featured performer for “Knott’s Summer Nights” at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. She amassed an impressive fan base as a regular headliner at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. She enlisted Disney legend Bruce Healey, whose music for the company’s musical franchises is heard worldwide, to orchestrate the epic “Get On This Train” and conduct “The Tomi Choir,” a select group of supportive Tomasina fans, in the song’s exquisite choral intro.
While she is recognized as an unparalleled rock chanteuse who has conquered stages from Tokyo to Monte Carlo, Tomasina has also joined casts of musicals like Cabaret, Chicago and A Chorus Line. She was featured with Rex Smith and Rumer Willis in Love Actually Live at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA, and cast as Lady Capulet for the workshop performance of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s The Romeo & Juliet Project.
Now, with Painted Crown, Tomasina embraces her art, the power of the musicians who surround her, and an audience who believes. A line from ”Everlasting” delivers this truth: “I am the mountain/Not the top.” Says Tomasina: “I’m all of it. I won’t play by normal rules. I can pave my own path.”
Commanding a hard rocking realm with world-class artistry and a magnificent new collection of songs, Tomasina celebrates a magical coronation of musical truth. She steps into a dazzling spotlight with Painted Crown.
Soaring melodic lines that stretch a prodigious vocal range, rhythmic intensity, compelling chorus, a crowd-moving anthem. Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin: a reinvention of these classic rock anthems with a female point of view.