|Rob Thomas is the musician and songwriter known both for his work as the frontman of the popular band Matchbox Twenty and as a solo artist. A heavily awarded songwriter, Thomas has come to be known as one of the most iconic pop lyricists of the last two decades, penning hits that are still played with frequency on the radio today. Thomas has also developed a versatile style, collaborating with some of the biggest names from many musical genres and illustrating his wide skill set as a musician. Take in this living wonder of pop and rock music live by purchasing your Rob Thomas tickets today!
While Thomas is an American citizen, he was actually born abroad. Thomas’ parents were in the military, stationed in Landstuhl, West Germany, where he was born in 1972. He moved back to the United States while less than a year old. He exhibited an interest in music from a young age, learning to play guitar while he was a child during his upbringing in Florida. As a youth, Thomas bore witness to a number of events that he would later cite as influential to his music, such as his mother’s diagnosis and recovery from cancer. At the age of 21, he came to form a band called Tabitha’s Secret. After a handful of lineup changes, this group would ultimately become the far more well-known Matchbox Twenty.
Thomas gained his initial fame through his work with the group Matchbox Twenty. The group rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, generating a plethora of pop hits that solidified it as a radio presence. The group featured Thomas on lead vocals and piano, Kyle Cook on backing vocals and lead guitar, Bryan Yale on bass and Paul Doucette on drums. While these four represent the core of the band, it routinely adds other members to its roster for touring purposes. Since its initial formation, Matchbox Twenty has released five full-length studio albums including You or Someone Like You, North, Mad Season, Exile on Mainstream and More Than You Think You Are. Spanning more than 15 years, these records generated some of the largest hits of the 1990s and 2000s, such as “3 AM,” “Push,” “Unwell” and “Real World.”
For all the success that Thomas had with Matchbox Twenty, he also had a prominent and impressive career as a solo artist. His first solo album, ...Something to Be was released in 2005, followed by a sophmore record, Cradle Songs, in 2009. After the release of ...Something to Be, Thomas was a sensation as a solo artist, bolstered by the radio-friendly hits “This is How a Heart Breaks,” “Lonely No More” and “Street Corner Symphony.” Thomas has also earned considerable accolades through collaboration, having won multiple Grammys for his role writing and singing on Santana’s hit “Smooth,” in the late 1990s.