T.J. Mimbs is an aspiring musician who wants simply to make people happy when they hear him sing and play his guitar.
A 2004 graduate of Briarwood Academy, Mr. Mimbs, also a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia, now calls Athens his home. He is the son of Tony and Teresa Mimbs, of Warrenton.
The 23-year-old Mr. Mimbs, who has a degree in finance and who also attended a music business program, grew up in Warrenton, not only sings and plays, but he also writes his own music, lyrics, records and produces.
"My goal is to make a living playing my originals or originals in general," said Mr. Mimbs during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "I don't want to get rich. I just want to be able to support myself, comfortably with my music."
His first EP album, entitled, The Sight Makes You Blind , recently was released and has seven of his songs recorded. Three of those songs include backup vocals, harmony and melodies by his sister, Tiffany Mimbs Anderson. The album's art is done by Adren Anderson.
The album features the following songs: Intro, When It's Cold, I'll Walk, The End, Inner Spirits, Exactly What I Think and Kill Or Be Killed .
Mr. Mimbs first began singing at the age of 3 at Warrenton First Baptist Church. At 8, he started taking piano lessons. By the time he turned 12, he was playing the guitar and later the drums.
"Music has always been a big part of my life," said Mr. Mimbs, just prior to being a special guest on the Greg Hardin Radio Show, which airs every Saturday on WTHO-Fm in Thomson. "I love music."
Now that he has grown up and finished his education, Mr. Mimbs is solely concentrating on his music. He has become a regular singer at pubs in Athens. Three of the places he performs in Athens are Gnat's Landing, Sideways and Square One Fish Company.
Sometimes, he even sings with a group in Athens known as The District Attornyes .
It's about trying to make a living and marketing himself.
Since graduation from UGA, Mr. Mimbs lines up all sorts of gigs around from Atlanta to Charleston, S.C.
He admitted with a laugh that his Dad helps set up some of those gigs.
"I don't mind helping him when I can," said the elder Mr. Mimbs, who uses the Craig's List to set up some of the spots where his son performs.
"I don't make a lot of money doing this, but I'm getting by," said Mr. Mimbs, noting he is most proud of how far his music has taken him.
Playing music "is a way of life for me," said Mr. Mimbs.
"I really enjoy playing and singing in front of people," said Mr. Mimbs, adding that he's never been nervous performing on stage. "It's always been pretty natural for me."
As a youngster, he became interested in singing Southern Gospel songs.
His favorite song back then was I Want to be Ready , recalled his father, Tony Mimbs, who serves as mayor of the neighboring City of Warrenton.
"He (T.J.) used to pop the cassette in and play that song in the car when he was a little boy," said the elder Mr. Mimbs.
At 12, T.J. had asked his parents, Tony and Teresa, for a set of drums for Christmas. But he got guitar, instead.
"It was a Fender guitar," said his father. "He got a set of drums later on, too."
Music started consuming the biggest portion of his life at 15. At the time, he was attending Briarwood Academy and playing three different sports -- football, basketball and baseball.
Mr. Mimbs quickly decided his desire in life was to become a musician, thus he stopped playing sports.
Throughout his school days as a teenager at Briarwood Academy, Mr. Mimbs stayed busy writing songs and teaching himself how to record all the vocals and instrumental tracks on multi-track recorders in his bedroom. At Briarwood, Mr. Mimbs also performed in several musicals.
During three of his four years in high school, he was named the Georgia Independent Schools Association Boy's Vocal State Champion.
He credited Jeannie Joesbury with having taught him so much about music.
"I'm eternally grateful to her for having encouraged me all through high school to continue my musical interest," said Mr. Mimbs. "I wanted to learn as much about music as I could, so I dedicated myself to it," explained Mr. Mimbs. "I've never regretted doing it. Music is the only thing that's ever stuck with me. I truly love everything about music."
One of the unique qualities of Mr. Mimbs' is that he strives to let those who listen to his music have an understanding that he's real.
"I want them to be changed in some way when people hear my music," said Mr. Mimbs.