A Singer's Journey from Exile to Gospel
After coming out of the closet, Tim Dillinger, Gospel and Soul recording artist, felt exiled from his southern home, cut off from his roots in Christian and Gospel music. Shunned by the audience base he worked hard to attain, he was forced to face the consequences of choosing to live his truth. New York City held out the promise of a new beginning and new musical opportunities.
Despite a tour as part of a trio of soul vocalists and a run of sold-out shows in the city, Tim found himself confronting a soulless industry fueled by the dreams it destroyed. In a short span of time, several of his musical mentors and heroes died, leaving him bereft. As the trio struggled to balance singing with survival, conflict escalated to crisis. Tim retreated to a healing community in upstate New York where he could safely enter the dark night of the soul.
PRAISE FOR TIM DILLINGER’S WORK
“Tim Dillinger is a soul man. It come out in his singing: where he finds the ‘one’ of every note, every groove, every feeling. And it comes out in his writing, where he’s searching for (and finding) the deepest expression of his dreams, his joys and his brave struggle for self-acceptance in a world that hasn’t yet crossed all the boundaries of color and spirit and sexuality that Tim has.”
— MICHELE KORT, author of Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro; Senior Editor, Ms. Magazine