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Joe Who? Joe Thomas! It’s All About Love!


By Mark Edward Nero,  R&B/Soul Expert

Posted February 11th 2016


Early Life:

Joe Lewis 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.

The Breakthrough:

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.

‘My Name is Joe’:

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 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.

Split from Jive Records:

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 three albums on the label: September 2008’s Joe Thomas, New Man, July 2009’s Signature and The Good, the Bad, the Sexy, in October 2011 and ‘Bridges’ in 2014.

‘Joe’ , ‘Tank’ and El Debarge will perform in the  ‘All About Love’ Valentine’s Show’ this Sunday, February 14th in the State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.

More information here.





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