When both your parents are musicians, you might end up doing something else with your life, but by his eleventh birthday, Jefferson Thomas had already surrendered, sitting in on bass for the old man's gigs. Within a year the kid had switched to guitar and was writing his own songs and playing clubs, fairs, and festivals all over the northeastern US.
Next came a move to Atlanta, where he broadened his musical palette playing and singing on R&B gigs and recording sessions which landed him a brief stint as touring guitarist for a reunion tour by seminal R&B legends, The Impressions. “People talk about ‘old-school R&B’ - well, it doesn’t get more old-school than that. I was the only white dude in the whole Savannah Civic Center, playing the intro to People Get Ready. It was awesome.” He’d also make the four-hour drive up to Nashville for country gigs and sessions as well.
Spending his formative years on both sides of the tracks of American roots music irrevocably blurred his musical lines; an R&B back-beat is woven into the twang that Jefferson has never quite been able to exorcise from his sound. “A friend of mine joked that I’m on the two and four AND on the one and three. He said, ‘Add it all up and you're e perfect ten - or it all cancels out and you’re a zero.’ Um, I THINK he's a friend…”
“Glory Bound” - the first single from 2008’s Western Front - garnered airplay on over 400 Adult Album Alternative and Adult Contemporary radio stations across the US, and was the most-added song at secondary-market AC stations its first week out, and rose to the top twenty in only its fifth week. Still another single, “Thursday’s Girl”, appeared in the Matthew Broderick/Brittany Snow film Finding Amanda.
Now further exposed to a new national audience, Jefferson spent the next two years touring to support Western Front before taking 2011 off to produce several New York City-based artists. In 2012 his live video of "Jacksonville" from an NPR broadcast in New York City went viral and introduced him to audiences worldwide. Coincidentally, the Finding Amanda film found a second life at cable outlets and international distribution, broadening Jefferson’s audience even further. As a result, Jefferson did his first European tours in the spring and fall of 2013, taking him to the UK, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, and Denmark.
Jefferson spent 2014 back home in the US, touring domestically and recording The Yale Sessions, a solo acoustic record released in the fall of that year. 2015 saw the release of Come Alive, which spawned another round of spring and summer tour dates in the US and another European tour in the fall. And he won't be slowing down anytime soon; 2016 will again feature US and European tours, as well as some much-anticipated uncharted waters; the Far East and Russia. Stay tuned!