#1 USA Today (Mediabase)
#1 Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler
No sophomore slump for contemporary jazz-pop artist Michael J. Thomas, who released his second album, “Driven,” on Thomas’ Harbor Breeze Records imprint. The ten-song set burst out of the gate jolted by a wave of national airplay for the first single, “Baby Coffee,” earning Billboard most-added honors in its debut week, rising all the way to #1, followed by an add at SiriusXM’s Watercolors, leading the saxophonist-vocalist to sign a distribution deal for the project with Perry Music Group/Sony Music. Baby Coffee charted #1 on three charts including Billboard, USA Today (Mediabase), and Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler.
It’s been seven years since Thomas issued his instrumental debut album, “City Beat,” and six years since he made his vocal debut with the infectious standalone single “I Think About Amy,” which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard chart after a remix by two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown. “Driven” is his first collection to combine sax-led soul-jazz instrumentals and R&B-pop vocal tunes that showcase a voice that programmers and reviewers have compared to Michael Jackson and George Michael. It’s a varied, exhilarating session written and produced by Thomas and longtime collaborator Shannon Wallace with additional tracks produced by Oli Silk, Trammell Starks and Music Man Dre Forbes.
After moving to Destin, Florida Thomas began cultivating a following by performing at local venues, private shows, festivals and concerts. He's shared the stage multiple times at the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival with luminaries including Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Rick Braun, Joyce Cooling, Steve Cole, Euge Groove, Mindi Abair, and Nick Colionne.
PRESS, ACCOLADES, & ENDORSEMENTS
“Michael J. Thomas is an excellent and dedicated musician. He is a very fine and intuitive player and has one of the best soprano sax sounds I've ever recorded. I think he's a rising star with a great career in front of him.” - Paul Brown, Legendary GRAMMY® winning Music Producer
"Thomas’ vocal is the nearest thing to MJ that I have heard in a long while."- Steve Giachardi, The Smooth Jazz Ride
"Refreshing with a great sound...the sax style and horn licks hook you the second you hear it."-Mark Carter, Owner of WSBZ 106.3 The Seabreeze
"His fully alive, 3-dimensional stage presence leaves as much of an impression on fans as his tunes, “…his variety of style and songs along with his audience interaction should assure a bright future for this young entertainer,” - Dee Dee Ritche, Pensacola News Journal