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BIOGRAPHY - Joe

 

Joe Thomas was one of five children and grew up in an environment filled with Gospel music. Both his parents are ministers. The Thomas family moved to Alabama when Joe was two and he grew up as an active member of the church and sang in the choir, played guitar and eventually directed the choir. In the late 1980s, he started playing in local bands in Alabama. He eventually moved to New York City to pursue a musical career.

While working in a gospel music store and singing in a church, Joe met producer Vincent Herbert and recorded a three-track demo. Joe released his debut album, Everything, in 1993. It spawned a number of hit singles, including the #10 R&B hit "I'm in Luv." Joe signed with Jive Records for his 1997 album, All That I Am, which reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 album charts and No. 4 on the R&B charts. All That I Am eventually went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S. Joe released his fourth album, My Name is Joe, in 2000. It became his most successful album, reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It eventually sold over three million copies. In 2001, his Better Days album was released, reaching No. 32 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the R&B charts.His And Then.. album came out in late 2003; it reached No. 26 on the U.S. album charts and No. 4 on the R&B charts. Producers Jimmy charts. Producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, The Underdogs, Cool & Dre, Tim & Bob and Bryan Michael Cox worked with Joe on his sixth album, Ain't Nothing Like Me, which dropped in April 2007. In 2007-2008, Joe left Jive Records and claimed that R. Kelly had been sabotaging his career while they were labelmates: "R. Kelly was very instrumental in making a lot of decisions when it came to my records being played on the radio, Joe told EUR's Lee Bailey. "He would make a call to the radio station or to the label and say, 'Hey, this Joe record is too hot right now. Y'all need to pull that back.' And they would oblige." Eventually, Joe signed with Kedar Massenburg's Kedar Entertainment, and has released two albums on the label: September 2008's Joe Thomas, New Man and July 2009's "Signature". "I feel like if you have a queen, you should treat her like a queen. I feel she doesn't deserve anything less than that. If you make a promise for forever, you should keep it and hold up to it." -- Joe .

The formula is proven as shown through countless platinum and gold album sales. Joe Thomas known affectionately as JOE, once again delivers on his second indie-release entitled “Signature; continuing to capture and redefine a style of sound and musical presentation audiences have come to recognize as JOE’s very own. This go round, JOE covers new ground incorporating live instrumentations with strings and horns intricately woven to add additional texture to his balladeering style. On the music scene for over ten years, JOE is considered a hometown favorite; that “guy next door”, whom everyone feels a personal knowing; as he writes songs that speak to the core of every relationship. As a musician, songwriter and today as a label executive, Joe stands firm in delivering audiences his style…his “Signature”. Never falling short with his classic melodic style that lingers in our subconscious minds; penetrating our thoughts as never-ending sound waves. “Signature” is the second release from 563 Entertainment/Kedar Entertainment Group, and as label partner and executive Kedar Massenburg notes, “JOE’s unique style and signature elevates; I’m still amazed at how JOE consistently brings it on each recording, giving exactly what you know him for.” True to form, this is JOE; and “Signature” is a true representation of his style, as one of a kind, his rhythms are coming from the core of his music repertoire. On the debut single “Majic”, JOE comes with a classic groove, but stylized to perfection, with a rhythmic flow only JOE can do effortlessly. Adding to the collection of sound, JOE created musical layers to help accompany the vocal arrangements on the “Signature” album, which is different from past recording; as he incorporates musicians who are able to capture a higher level of instrumentation that can only be achieved in live recordings. None of which can be missed in songs like “Worst Case Scenario”, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Friends Don’t Let Friends”, where JOE details the delicacy of needing a friend as a lover just for the night, as the horns play ever so softly underneath. Pulling from legendary musical influences, JOE provides listeners with stability of sound, something missing in the fast technological world of music. JOE is able to consider his sources and provides comfort and ease for listeners to feel confident in what they love. JOE presents a style untouched or tainted only enhanced and delivered in his own classic “Signature”.

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