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“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) 

BIO (Short)

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.

Thomas, who became an instant contemporary urban jazz sensation when his single “Baby Coffee” stayed at #1 on the Billboard National Smooth Jazz Airplay and Smooth Jazz Songs charts in 2017/2018, has been on a momentous roll. “I’ll Never Love Again,” his explosive re-imagining of the Lady Gaga hit from “A Star is Born,” became his second #1 Billboard smash, dominating the smooth jazz airwaves throughout 2019. Thomas’ cleverly titled, silky light funk follow-up single “Sippin’ The Yak” 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 1.6 million and 1.5 million on Spotify. 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.

MUSIC

  • Michael J Thomas Baby Coffee No. 1 Billboard smooth jazz radio
  • Michael J Thomas I'll Never Love Again No. 1 Billoard hit Smooth Jazz
  • Michael J Thomas Sippin The Yak no. 5 Billboard Year End Chart Smooth Jazz radio

PRESS / REVIEWS

"Michael has done a beautiful emotional instrumental version of
that gorgeous song.  My buddy Carl Griffin, the great record executive,
sent it to me a couple weeks ago and I just fell in love with it so I
hope you will as well."
- Dave Koz, The Dave Koz Lounge on SiriusXM Watercolors

“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) 

"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

"Michael J Thomas’ six-track EP “Stream’n Love” showcases the
saxophonist/songwriter’s prodigious talents, starting with his technical
excellence and warm, rounded sax tone, which is interwoven with lush,
synth-laden tracks. Thomas’ engaging original melodies ("Sippin The
Yak”) and tuneful covers elevate this engaging project. Highly
recommended." 
- Carol Archer, Radio & Records (R&R) Smooth Jazz Editor, 1994-2009 

"It didn’t take long for saxophonist Michael J Thomas’ new
release Driven to surge to the top of the smooth jazz charts, and it’s
easy to hear why. The album is rife with catchy melodies and
invigorating grooves, but it’s Thomas’ warm, inviting tone that is the
“driving” force behind the proceedings, lending every track its verve
and buoyancy. “Baby Coffee,” which charted No. 1 on the Billboard, USA
Today and Smooth Jazz Top 20 lists, is among the album’s many
highlights. At the forefront is Thomas’ silky sax melody, but the
addition of synth horn blasts and a snappy backbeat help establish a
relaxed vibe that still packs a punch. Thomas, who is also a skilled
vocalist, plays with a singer’s sense of rhythm and time, and the
interplay between sax and guitar at the song’s conclusion makes for a
fascinating musical dialogue."
- Brian Zimmerman, Jazziz

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

🎷 Seabreeze Jazz Festival   
     Panama City Beach, FL 

🎷 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival   
     Avalon, CA   

 🎷 Warren Hill's Los Cabos Jazz Festival
     Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

🎷 The Velvet Note   
     Atlanta, GA   

🎷 Saenger Theatre   
     Pensacola, FL   

🎷 The Golden Nugget Casino   
     Reno, NV   

🎷 The Louisville Palace   
     Louisville, KY

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