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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Pulse of Naperville Music Scene – One musician’s journey


I am always compelled by the power of music; seeing lives being transformed by sound. I’d like to share the story of Tom Cridland, a life transformed and healed by sound.

Tom is a singer-songwriter, podcaster, and recovering alcoholic. He has a love for pop music, particularly Elton John, and credits Elton with helping him recover from an addiction that has nearly led to serious injury and death.

“What literally helped me get through each day when trying to stop consuming alcohol initially was listening and playing Elton and Bernie Taupin’s timeless songs. Elton John’s music saved my life from addiction,” Cridland said.

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Cridlad also was inspired to start making his own music by becoming a close friend of Elton John’s drummer, Nigel Olsson.

“Making music finally helped me to kick the booze,” he says. Cridland’s amazing original song, “Falling Off The Rails,” caught the attention of Grammy nominated soul band The Stylistics, and they invited him to tour with them. They recently finished playing 19 concerts together.

Elton John announced his last ever tour this year, and Tom Cridland is marking the occasion by touring every single state in the US, playing covers of his songs. Perhaps this is Cridland’s way of forwarding the healing power of the very music that has made it possible for him to thrive in his life.

You can find Tom Cridland’s music and more at www.tomcridland.com or your favorite music streaming service.

Along with writing, recording, and performing, Cridland also produces a podcast called Greatest Music of All Time. His guests have included Annie Lennox, Smokey Robinson, Steve Perry of Journey, and many more.

Greatest Music of All Time podcast: www.tomcridland.com/pages/greatestmusicofalltimepodcast

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Scott "Dr. Music" Itter
Scott "Dr. Music" Itterhttp://DrMusic.org
Scott Itter resides in the Willowgate subdivision with his wife, Barbara, and their two children. Contact Scott at DrMusic@wowway.com.


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