Bio





Tim Brickley is an Indianapolis, IN composer/performer/producer who the Indianapolis Star has described as a musical "local legend."

He is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and recording engineer/producer, who:

   + composes and produces albums and music for film, broadcast and theatre at his Hit City Recording, long-time fixture of now-trendy Sobro in Indianapolis;

   + performs and releases his own music (written with longtime collaborator David Rheins) with rock band The Bleeding Hearts;

   + sings jazz standards with trio, Quintet and 15-piece Big Band.

Tim received the honor of a 2011-2012 Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In 2008, he was asked to participate in the Great Day In Indy photo project, which documented over 100 notable Indiana jazz musicians.

Tim received an Emmy Award in 1998 for his score to ESPN-aired documentary, Hoosier Hoops: The Golden Era. His song Tangled and Tempted was featured in the motion picture Going All The Way starring Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz. He composed and produced the longtime theme for the Emmy Award-winning weekly WFYI-20 series Across Indiana.

Tim is Composer/Sound Designer In-Residence at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. In 2009, he co-wrote the musical The Zippers Of Zoomerville with Jack O'Hara, which premiered at the Phoenix and was produced there again in 2011. In 2010, he performed in and served as musical director for the Phoenix original production Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine. Conceived and directed by Phoenix Artistic Director Bryan Fonseca, Prine continues as an original-cast road show that the Chicago Sun-Times calls "a winning formula". Forever Sung: A Celebration of Age in Song, an original musical review conceived by Fonseca and Brickley, debuted at the Phoenix in May 2012, and he has served as musical director/performer for Indiana premieres of recent Broadway musicals Spring Awakening and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Rock critic Dave Lindquist of the Star calls Tim's most-recent Bleeding Hearts album, Everything That Ever Was, (available on iTunes, ahem) “some of the best grown-up rock and roll of any era.", and says the opening track, Reckless With Love  “explodes as a modern descendant of Bruce Springsteen’s Rosalita and Tom Petty’s American Girl.” Evansville, IN weekly News 4 You says, "Brickley and Rheins' songs, chronicling loss (as in love, identity, love, home and love) are perfectly complimented by Brickley's painstakingly-crafted soundtracks, all the more impressive as they reference - but don't rip off - masters like Lennon/McCartney, Bob Dylan and Paul Westerberg. " 
Through the years, he's shared the bill artists as diverse as The Beach Boys, Culture Club, Warren Zevon, Aimee Mann, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Delbert McClinton, and Squeeze.

Tim is a recording engineer/producer, whose studio, Hit City Recording,  is one of the longest continually-operating studios in Indiana. He composes and produces music for film, TV, radio and Web-based projects, and albums for singer-songwriters and bands from all over the country, including critically-acclaimed recordings by Louisville's danny flanigan and the Rain Chorus and Detroit's Rosetta Pebble. He also occasionally hosts his Different Beat Radio show/podcast, featuring "new music from the Wilds Of Indiana" (also available on iTunes.)


Called "one of the crown jewels of Indianapolis jazz" and a "hip jazz vocal stylist" by Nuvo Magazine, he has performed regularly with his eponymous Quintet and Trio since 1990. Singing standards, original material, and jazz re-arrangements of rock and pop, they are a top nightclub and event attraction. In 2001, he formed his 15-piece jazz Big Band, which has appeared at the nationally-recognized Indy Jazz Fest, where they were praised by jazz critic Jay Harvey of the Star for their "spirited and quirky resuscitation's of classic Nelson Riddle arrangements." Often in conjunction with the Quintet or Big Band, Tim also leads The List, a ten-piece dance/party band with horn section, that plays from a “you call it” list of 250 of the greatest songs of rock and roll...