With over twenty-five years of experience on both sides of the camera, as well as the stage, Tom Nielsen left NYC for the Green Mts. of Vermont. He has been busy revitalizing his solo guitarist performance career. He has performed regularly at Pleasant Valley Brewing in Saxton's River and has recently performed at the Old Tavern in Grafton, MacLoamain's Scottish Pub in Chester as well as both the Stratton Mt. Resort and The "Loose Moose Tavern" in Londonderry.
Tom has a smooth, mellow sound indicative of his song list performing hits from such artists as James Taylor, Crosby, Stills , Nash & Young, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot and of course the Beatles . He likes to rock with the best of them as well, performing songs from, Tom Petty, Dave Edmunds, Men At Work, Neil Young and many more.
His early career brought him to New York City to study acting with the legendary teacher Lee Strasberg. After many off-off broadway performances, He eventually landed a reoccurring role on the daytime drama "Guiding Light" 1979-1985. For over six years he was known to millions as "Floyd Parker". Initially comic relief on the drama, Tom's character in typical soap opera fashion rose from hospital custodian to rock star; He performed solo and with his band "Pretty Boy Floyd & the Criminals" often on the show. He also appeared on the show with musical guests such as The B-52's, Loverboy, Judy Collins, Neal Sedaka and The Waitresses. But the life of a rock star on a Soap is destined for disaster and after 650 episodes "Pretty Boy Floyd" was sent off to prison with no chance for parole. Tom briefly returned to Guiding Light as a freelance director and he taught acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute to both Institute students as well as NYU undergraduate students completing their studies at the Institute. While directing several stage productions for the Institute he also initiated and taught their Acting for the Camera curriculum.
NHK in Tokyo provided Tom with immeasurable experience directing live concert videos. In a 2 year period he shot over 140 live performances for NHK's production "Live At the Bottomline in NY". Artists ranged from Dizzy Gillespie to Paul Simon. Tom continued with his work as a multi-camera director with an ear for music. Some of the artists and concerts include; The Rolling Stones, The Who, Prince, Aerosmith, Elton John, Faith Hill, Tori Amos, Jewel, Green Day, Huey Lewis, Duran, Duran, Tom Jones and many more.
Tom has been fortunate to have, seen, heard and worked with some of the world's best performers. This invaluable experience infuses his performance as a solo artist with a sound and atmosphere worth catching.