“You clearly know what you’re doing, and it’s great…congrats on an impressive career.”
- Dave Grusin, Legendary GRAMMY® winning Music Producer / Arranger / Musician, ACADEMY AWARD® winner, and the G in GRP Records)
Sax player and vocalist Michael J. Thomas was 19 when he joined the Rockabilly/Jump Blues band Jive Rockets, which opened for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Bill Haley’s Original Comets. While gaining a foothold in contemporary urban jazz since moving to Destin, FL, Thomas’ busy gig schedule allows him to both play sax and sing in a wide array of genres.
The truth couldn’t be clearer. In these uncertain, crazy-challenging and pandemic-weary times, we all need an emotional-spiritual pick me up that reminds us life can still be good and that there’s hope for us all in 2022. #1 Billboard charting saxophonist Michael J Thomas graces and showers us with sunshine and optimism galore on his latest single “The OG Bounce” – an ultra-infectious, high octane, hard groovin’ funk jam bound to get our bodies moving and minds focused on brighter, joyful things. The tune is currently in the top 20 on Billboard, Mediabase (USA Today), as well as Smooth Jazz Network.
Thomas’ declaration that “it’s my favorite track I’ve ever written” is remarkable considering the chart success he’s enjoyed with his earlier original songs, including his breakthrough single “Baby Coffee” (his first #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart) and “Sippin’ The Yak,” which hit #2 on the charts, remained in the Top 5 for nine weeks and rounded out 2020 on Billboard’s Year-End Smooth Jazz Songs chart at #5. “Baby Coffee” currently has over 2.7 million streams on Apple Music, while “Sippin’ the Yak” is up to over 1.5 million. Another one of his enduring hits was “I’ll Never Love Again,” an explosive re-imagining of the Lady Gaga hit from “A Star is Born,” which became Michael’s second #1 smash, dominating the airwaves throughout 2019.
In addition to receiving terrestrial radio airplay across the globe, Thomas’ music has been featured on Sirius XM’s Watercolors and in the Warner Bros. film “Contagion” starring Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne. He is currently a Grammy voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.