Al Gomes has written
songs with many award-winning and reknowned songwriters
Emmy Award Winner Sean Callery
('24,' 'Medium,' 'La Femme Nikita'),
John Cafferty ('Eddie and the Cruisers'),
Jimmie Crane (Elvis Presley, Doris Day),
Mike Viola ('That Thing You Do,' 'Walk Hard'), David Minehan (Paul Westerberg, The Neighborhoods, Aerosmith),
and Chris Dominici (National Geographic Network, Fox Sports), among others. Al and his collaborators' songs have been covered by over a dozen artists.
Music supervisors can contact Big Noise about Al and his collaborators' catalog at 401-274-4770 (USA) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to mp3s:
Where Home Is
Written by Al Gomes, Mark Cutler, and John Cafferty
Performed by Mark Cutler and John Cafferty
Surrender to Serenity
Written by Al Gomes, Jim Beaupre,
Robyn Cullen, and Mike Murnin
Performed by Jim Beaupre featuring Dan Moretti
A Piece of Our Hearts
Written by Al Gomes, Mark Bram, and Jamie Kurtis
Performed by Bandwagon and
the Bandwagon Chorus
Above three tracks from the classic charity EP
Bandwagon : 'Three Sides of Hunger'
The song 'Where Home Is' was also
featured in the film 'Siren.'
'Love + well done + thanks!' - Bob Geldof
'No rock 'n' roll home should go without it.'
- Mike Boehm, Providence Journal
' 'Surrender to Serenity' is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.'
- Adam Duritz, Counting Crows
I Want It to Be (Instrumental)
Written by Al Gomes, Sean Callery,
and Sharon Vessella
Performed by Sean Callery
Written by Al Gomes, Jim Deragon,
Connie Watrous, and Lottie Rhodes
Performed by Al Gomes, Jim Deragon,
and Aleksandr Krepkikh
Everybody's In A Hurry to Get Nowhere
Written by Al Gomes, David Minehan,
and Freddie Katz
Performed by Freddie Katz and Patti Rothberg
We're Friends Again (Demo)
Written by Al Gomes and Chris Dominici
Performed by Chris Dominici
Derek Carvalho EP : 'Simple As That'
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Al Gomes began writing songs in
1973 at the age of 13. After winning first place in an art
contest that year (juried by Rhode Island School of Design
faculty), Al set his sights on a career in arts and entertainment.
At this time, Al began writing, producing, and selling homemade
cassettes of both original songs and comedic skits featuring
neighborhood friends that included Steven Yuppa.
His ongoing interest in songwriting solidified when Rhode Island College
approved and financed a staging of Al and his new
songwriting partner Jim Deragon's musical play, 'Suite Samantha' in
1983. The college also put their name and publicity might behind the project. Several of the musical's songs were also co-written and arranged by future two-time Emmy Award Winner Sean Callery ('24,'
'Medium,' 'La Femme Nikita'). The play's poster was designed by noteworthy artist Spencer
Crooks (Who's Who In American Art). A sequel to the musical, 'Rich Moves,'
was later staged at the concert venue The Living Room in Providence.
In 1986, inspired by Bob Geldof's
Band Aid recording and Live Aid concert, Al conceived Bandwagon,
along with publicist Jamie Kurtis, and co-wrote and executive
produced the 3-song benefit recording, 'Three Sides of Hunger'
featuring 'Where Homes
Is' performed by co-writers Mark Cutler and platinum recording
artist John Cafferty, 'Surrender to Serenity' performed by co-writer
Jim Beaupre (along with Dan Moretti on sax), and 'A Piece of Our Hearts' (co-written
with Mark Bram and Jamie Kurtis), which features soloists
on including Cheryl Wheeler, and Belly and L7's Gail Greenwood
plus a 150-person celebrity chorus consisting of musicians,
journalists (including MTV Networks executive producer Bill
Flanagan), TV broadcasters, politicians, and the heads of
human service agencies.
All three Bandwagon songs received widespread radio airplay
including 'A Piece of Our Hearts,' which was played simultaneously
on dozens of radio stations on December 10, 1986 at 10:15
Bandwagon's goal was to elevate
awareness of the plight of the poor in America and raise
monies for American agencies that aid the hungry and homeless.
For his efforts, Al went on to win the coveted Jefferson
Award from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foundation for
Recognition of Outstanding Public Service, joining past
recipients Oprah Winfrey and Bob Hope.
Since founding Big Noise in 1990, Al has used his songwriting experience and success to help shape dozens of songs for the artists he's worked with.
In 2010, Al co-produced and
co-wrote all of the tracks on pop singer Derek Carvalho's
debut CD, 'Simple As That,' followed in 2011 with pop singer
Alyssa Surrette covering two of Al's songs for her CD 'Suddenly.'
To celebrate his 45th Anniversary
of songwriting in 2018, Al released the single 'Time' with
fellow songwriter Jim Deragon, originally from the musical 'Rich Moves.'
In 2016, Al was inducted into the Rhode Island College
Hall of Fame, whose past honorees also include Academy Award
winner Viola Davis, Grammy Award nominee Peter Boyer, and
actor Brian Howe (NBC's 'Will & Grace').
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