Many of us roll through life gaining a scar here and there. Some very obvious and others much deeper and hidden from sight. TJ Broscoff, like the rest of us, has rolled through his life gaining those scars but has chosen to make sure that those inner scars are as obvious, to those that listen, as the ones we all parade with.
We all skin knees, suffer minor cuts, and skin our noses and we all know the pain of a busted heart. That is a part of life and TJ was right there with us. However TJ brings deeper scars to the table as he went through a period that has touched us all in one way or another: Addiction.
TJ was raised in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area in Texas that afforded him the opportunity to be surrounded by tons of music and tons of friends. Along with those came influences that masqueraded themselves as a good thing. Turns out that became an issue. TJ went years deep into a situation that no one plans on doing. An Arizona desert brought TJ to the realization that enough was enough and he has never looked back.
The one thing that TJ clung to that provided fulfillment and joy in his life that he had complete control of was his music. He spent hours and hours perfecting his playing and developing a style that would include everything from alternative to country influences. There are many guitar players that are good and there are many that are functional but there are very few that can iron out a style of their very own. TJ has done just that.
With his demons buried and his path laid out before him, TJ started writing. Knowing that he had a story that was common with so many, he decided to expose those inner scars and share his journey. Opening shows and getting on stage at every venue that would give him time, TJ gave it all he had. His music landed on some ears that understood what a true talent he was and it landed him in a San Antonio studio in what would turn out to be one of the most important meetings of his new life. From that meeting his first new album of biopic tunes sprang forth in his “Ready To Fly” release.
“Ready To Fly” flourished on Texas radio with five singles reaching well inside the top 30 on the Texas Music charts. Most established artists would love to see that much success on any release, especially their first. The stories on the album were true and described his struggle with his demons and his readiness to put it all behind him and move forward. To everyone’s delight, his life and his determination to be a class artist ran parallel on a road to success. TJ was ready to fly.
The album also captured the attention of Troubadour Texas, a national television project, that showcased his story and music as well. This proved that TJ was a triple threat as he was able to shine on the radio, on television, and especially the stage.
The stage is the place that TJ feels most comfortable with his ability to shine as both a top notch player and a singer with a very distinct voice. Couple that with the stories and a main character that he knows all too well and you have yourself a show with determination and conviction that most national acts would kill to possess.
After the success of “Ready to Fly”, TJ was ready with a whole new set of stories and observations that he knew he was ready to share. “The Break” was recorded and produced in the same studio that had brought forth his last project with Bill Green at the board and is as solid as a rock. With broader instrumentation and intelligent lyrics, “The Break” stands as a natural successor to its freshman counterpart, “Ready To Fly”.
Both of these projects are proof that musical ideas can be new and fresh and can also be coupled with lyrical content that does not insult the listener’s ability to understand more than a backroad and a tailgate. In two words you can describe TJ and his music: smart and talented.
TJ Broscoff is a true Texas Music phoenix. He rose up from one of the worst possible situations that he could have been in to succeed in his own uncompromising terms. Playing his music in nearly 200 shows a year proves that he was ready to fly and that all he needed was the break. Enjoy TJ Broscoff if for no other reason, he is smart and talented.