Tim started as a singer at the age of five, in Chicago, Illinois back in the 60's, where street corner harmony was the in thing. He and his three brothers, Kevin, Maurice, and Gerald Burton, would sing in church as The Burton Brothers, using sweet four part harmonies they wowed audiences so much that it encourged their father,James Burton to motivate them to work hard and be the best that they could be. Later, they change the name to Tommorrow's People and landed a record deal with stage production in the mid 70's, releasing their debut album called "Open Soul" in 1976 followed by the single "Hurry On Up Tommorrow". During his journey out on his own for the first time without his family Tim landed
a jazz gig in no time. Emulating bassist like Stanley Clake, John Pattituchi, Marcus Miller and many others got him popularity quick. In the early 90's Tim toured over seas with his own act to Taichun, Taiwan, which was his first time abroad. Then returned to land a cruise ship job in the carribean where he found home in Nassau, Bahamas. Shortly after, he move back to the States in South Beach, Miami. In 1993 Tim return to Chicago just in time to audition for Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers. While working with Mavis, Tim experienced sold out auditoriums,star status, touring abroad, and also got a chance to play on the same venue with his long time music idols, Chicorea, John Pattittuchi, Bobby McFerrin, BB King, Isacc Hayes, and Bonny Raitt. After Mavis, Tim started working back in the studio this time with Chuck Colbert(bassist for the American Breed, and Rufus) releasing a new American Breed CD which Tim co-produced and co-wrote. Learning producing tips from top producers, engineers, and an assortment of singers.
So when you talk about old school,
Tim's been there with over 40 years past experience while keeping current with the sounds of today.