TJ McCloud is an indie/folk singer and songwriter. Born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1980. In 1999, he co-founded the group Doubting Thomas with Jenks High School buddies Ab Colby and Rockwell Ryan Ripperger. While a student at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, McCloud and Ripperger later morphed into the successful indie group Stephen Speaks. After surprise success in Manila, Philippines, McCloud relocated to Nashville, TN in order to pursue a solo career as an indie singer and songwriter.