Why after all these years, after all the heartache, pain, disappointment, rejection, humiliation, late nights, long trips, little money and so on and so on, do we continue in a business that is as cruel as they come? A business where there are literally thousands, maybe even millions of artists, musicians, singers, writers, etc. competing for the eyes and ears of listeners. A business where sometimes the phone never stops ringing, or at times doesn't ring at all. A business where you may or may not get paid for your work. A business where it doesn't matter how awesome of a song written, but how many units are sold or not how awesome you are as a live performer, but how many asses (term used by some promoters to describe attendance at shows) can be put in the seats. A business where you stand a better chance of winning mega lotto than you do having real success in the business itself. A business where most who are fortunate enough to make somewhat of a living, end up with none of the basic things one needs to survive once they reach senior status. Such basic things as a retirement fund, adequate health insurance, or in some cases food and a roof over your head. A business where you're only as good as the last song you sing, write, play, record, or whatever. A business where so many of the most talented and gifted have given up. A business where you're constantly reminded of the odds against you. A business where there is no real love, but only green, the green being money. You see this list of why would you or why would we continue in this business might seem to some as torture or at best is difficult for the average person to understand. In fact, we could go on and on. Oh yeah, I'm talking about the music business. But if we think about it, this could be any business, the same applies across the board.

In spite of all these things and a whole lot more. This is still the path we have chosen and quite frankly we feel extremely blessed to spread love, peace, joy, happiness, art, and all things that are good...Let the church say amen. For every kudos received big or small it makes the journey worth it all. It's For The Love Of It, this is why TN'T(Trish N Tom) have not given up on the struggle ... And it's fun.

Tom Chappell


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The Passing of Trish M. Jackson-Chappell(akaTrish)

Yes, it was three years ago Trish was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer (GBM) and one and a half years since her transition. On May 11,2016  she lost a fierce battle with the disease. Having her by my side in so many battles I knew she was fearless, but the class, humor and bravery she displayed during her time of illness blew me away. It’s been a very difficult period for our family. Our time together in life and especially her last year and a half was so precious. There will be memories forever. You see Trish was many things to many.  She was sunshine, a comedian, always laughing and always looking up. To me she was my very best friend, my wife, business associate, the Trish in TN’T(Trish N’ Tom), my partner at tritommusic.com. Trish was a daughter, sister to her siblings, an aunt to her many nieces and nephews, a niece to her aunts and uncles, a  godmother, a daughter-in law, sister-in-law. Trish was a friend and confidant to others. She was a super talented vocalist, oh and I never knew anyone who could out dance her. She was an asset to the community we live in, faithful to God and the church she attended. The list goes on forever. Yes, Trish was a superstar as one half of TN’T(Trish N’ Tom), but she was also a superstar in life. It was a privilege and honor to have been her primary caregiver. This is truly a loss that is not easy to recover from. However, I’m so thankful to have had her in my life even if for just a season. I find comfort in knowing that her time on earth was well spent. She touched the lives of everyone she crossed paths with. Trish made all of us feel special.

We have begun to move forward, live, enjoy and love life as Trish would have wanted. No one loved life as she did. TN’T will continue to write and record great music and do so in memory of one of its founding members Patricia Marie Jackson-Chappell (aka Trish). We are currently recording new music for 2018 and have just finished shooting a new video for our song “Pray”. In addition, we are working with director Joseph H. James Jr., along with composers Gil Small, Robin Small, Randy Wilson, Martin Caba and Monet Dunham on a Broadway bound musical. Hopefully we’ll see you at some live shows in the future. We encourage you to visit us at www.tritommusic.com, though there will be changes there are plenty of memories. As always feel free to holla.

Trish has gone to heaven to be one of Gods greatest singing angels. Her spirit shall forever live. However, we’re not done, the headline reads “To Be Continued”.

light, laugh, and love

Tom Chappell (TN’T)



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