Tony Giordano (keyboards, vocals, percussion) – Known as “The G-Factor”, Tony has been called “one of the best key men in the country.” Born in Tallahassee, FL, he took an interest in music as early as 6 years old. He began writing and composing music at age 14, two years after he started to play the piano.
After he graduated from Florida State in 2001, he began his music career as a founding member of Full Black Out, appearing on both their studio albums. In 2003, he helped form what would be a popular new fusion band called Xingu and released their only album, Xinguism, in 2004. Through these two bands, Tony made connections with musicians that would play a big part in his early musical journey, like Brock Butler, Scott Baston, Jess Franklin and Robert Walter.
After Xingu disbanded, Tony occasionally played solo piano gigs, and started to hit the road with other bands. Becoming one of the most dependable and reliable keyboard players in the live circuit, he soon became known as “The G-Factor.” As he relocated to north Georgia, he toured with his first national-touring act, Athens, Ga-based Tishamingo, featuring singer/songwriters Cameron Williams (Jes Grew) and Jess Franklin (Brantley Gilbert). In the spring of 2005, Tony started to play with Captain Soularcat, and began a strong musical partnership with Benji Shanks that would lead to their album The Rise (released in 2008). In fact, Tony did a 14-hour road trip for one gig with Soularcat because of who was playing drums that one night – Greg Perry.
In 2006, Tony started another musical partnership with Tommy Talton, lead guitarist and songwriter for Cowboy & The Gregg Allman Band. At about the same time, Tony joined Albany, GA’s jam band Ancient Harmony, where his original material started to surface. He also was picked up to tour with Benji (and later Nick Johnson) in Atlanta’s Last Waltz Ensemble. During this time, he had the opportunity to play with many different musical greats like Chuck Leavell, Derek Trucks, Randall Bramblett, Susan Tedeschi, Kofi Burbridge and Jeff Coffin. He also appeared on over a dozen albums and EPs, garnering a reputation for his studio work as much as his live work.
In 2010, as many of the bands he performed with started to slow down their touring, Tony found himself at a crossroads. It just so happened that at the time a young band named Lingo was interested in having him do a few shows with them. A few shows became a few more shows, and before he knew it, Tony joined the band in August. While he continues on that Lingo road, Tony has been called to record and/or perform again with some new bands, including Moontower, Jack Rabbit Slims (featuring members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) and the Yacht Rock Schooner.