Top photo: L-R: A. Michelle, photographer Henry Diltz
and Al Gomes Second photo: Al Gomes and Sir Bob Geldof Third photo: L-R: Film director Peter Farrelly, Al Gomes
and film director Mike Izzi
Al Gomes has been in the music business for over 30 years.
Al, along with partner A. Michelle,
is the founder of Big Noise, an award-winning international music
production, artist development, and independent A&R firm.
Big Noise (which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010) has overseen the release of 300+ recordings of
diverse musical genres by superstar and independent recording
artists. They have managed each and every project from concept
to completion including assistance with establishing the budget for each project, choice
of the artist's material and producer, hands-on A&R direction in the
studio, art direction of recording package, manufacturing
of finished CD, and the publicity, marketing and distribution of the release. Big Noise Official Website
Al was part of the team that
helped launch Christina Aguilera's career. After Christina
was discovered by his good friend and colleague Steve Kurtz, Al served
as Director of Online Entertainment and Marketing for Christina
and her company, Three Wishes Productions, Inc., working
as her publicist and webmaster ('Best Sites of the 21st Century' - Entertainment Weekly), as well as being her biographer
and archivist, and serving on her promotion and marketing team. In addition, Al has produced two singles
for Aguilera ('Holiday
With Christina' and 'What
A Valentine Wants') and executive produced a #1 dance remix of her single 'What A Girl Wants' for RCA/BMG Records.
Big Noise's work has earned
the firm gold and platinum awards from the Recording Industry
Association of America, in addition to other major
Al has produced
26 award-winning CD compilations including CDs for First
Night Boston and the National Association of College Broadcasters
(which featured R.E.M., Anthrax, Primus, Cowboy Junkies,
Henry Rollins, Cracker, Eve's Plum, Luscious Jackson, and
Mazzy Star). The NACB CD received Print Magazine's annual
'CD Design Award.'
Al also produced the original motion picture soundtrack CDs for the directorial debuts of actors Andrew McCarthy ('News for the Church') and Tiffani Thiessen ('Just Pray' ‚ which featured Paul Doucette from Matchbox 20 and Lori McKenna).
Al is a full voting and nominating member of the
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammy
Awards), as well as serving on the Grammy Nomination Craft
Committees for Best Recording Package and Best Box Set.
Inspired by Bob Geldof's Band
Aid project, Al conceived the Bandwagon
Project which produced a benefit recording, 'Three
Sides of Hunger' (featuring platinum recording artist John
Cafferty and a 150-person celebrity chorus consisting of musicians, journalists including MTV Networks executive producer Bill Flanagan, TV broadcasters, politicians, and service agency heads), and two sold-out televised concerts which elevated awareness of the plight of the poor in America and raised thousands of dollars for American agencies that aid the hungry and homeless. For his efforts, Al went on to win The Jefferson Award from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foundation for Outstanding Public Service. View YouTube clip
Al has composed songs with many award-winning and renowned songwriters including two-time Emmy Award Winner Sean Callery ('24,' 'Medium,' 'La Femme Nikita'), John Cafferty ('Eddie and the Cruisers'), Jimmy Crane (Elvis Presley, Doris Day), Mike Viola ('That Thing You Do,' 'Walk Hard'), David Minehan (Paul Westerberg, The Neighborhoods), and Chris Dominici (National Geographic Network, Fox Sports), among others.