Tanksley is a singer-songwriter with a sound that is a creative blend of soul, rock, pop and hip hop influences. This singer-songwriter, self-taught guitarist and pianist was born in Central NY, and started playing instruments at the age of 15. He recently studied under the legendary Carlos Alomar (David Bowie’s guitarist musical arranger, and collaborator for decades). and local jazz greats, Ronnie Leigh and Nancy Kelly.
His performances generate an energy that moves the crowd—physically and emotionally—whether he’s playing a dynamic acoustic set solo or with his gifted band that has featured multi-instrumentalist Billy Harrison, percussionist Tre Reid, and Nick DiMaria on trumpet.
Recently, Tanksley opened for Grammy Award winning artist Lalah Hathaway. He and his band have headlined at the New York State Fair, performed in NYC at Webster Hall, Toshi’s, and the legendary Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and The Groove, NYC. Tanksley has also performed numerous shows at Universities, Music Festivals and Private Events.