Pierce’s parents were not musicians, although his father used to play the trumpet in his youth, which Pierce did not know. He first tasted mainstream success in the early 1980s, when he began recording with Rick Springfield, who was emerging as one of rock’s biggest stars with his hit „Jessie’s Girl„.
In addition to playing on the studio recordings that followed, he also joined Springfield’s touring band throughout the 1980s and appears in several of Springfield’s music videos from the era.
Tim has played on many hit songs including contributing second guitar parts on Crowded House‘s „Don’t Dream It’s Over„, mandolins and slide guitar on Goo Goo Dolls‘ „Iris„, and a rhythm guitar part during the bridge of Michael Jackson‘ „Black or White„, which was inspired by the work of Mötley Crüe.
Pierce has released a solo album, Guitarland, in 1995, on PRA Records.
In the 2010s, Pierce started a YouTube channel, on which he offers guitar tips gained from his years in the music industry