Rob Thomas is an American-German pop singer. Rob Thomas is the lead singer of “Matchbox Twenty”. The rock band won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “Smooth,” which featured Santana on vocals. Rob Thomas even records and performs as a solo artist.
dates of birth and childhood
Rob Thomas was born on February 14, 1972 in Landstuhl, West Germany, but is now from Sarasota, Florida, USA. He is 49 years old and is under the zodiac sign Aquarius. He is an American citizen and his full name is Robert Kelly Thomas.
His father’s name is Bill Thomas and his mother’s name is Mamie. He is an only child to his parents, but he has a half-elder maternal sister named Melissa. Likewise, Rob’s father was a sergeant in the US Army. His parents divorced when he was just 2 years old and he has lived with his mother and sister ever since. His family was poor, so they moved often. They later stayed with his grandmother, who lived in Lake City, South Carolina. Also, Rob then grew up listening to country music.
Additionally, Thomas moved to Sarasota, Florida with his mother and sister when he was 10 years old. During this time he was also able to obtain his first musical instrument, a Casio keyboard. He was even able to acquire a stringless guitar, which he used as a prop while pretending to be in a rock band.
education and more
Rob Thomas attended Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, a suburb of Orlando. He also joined the choir and his teacher told him to keep working because he saw potential in him. Likewise, he dropped out of high school just months before graduation and later earned a GED. During this time he also became homeless and was even imprisoned. But after being released from prison, he was able to connect with several local musicians. He used to play in a number of cover bands and started writing songs in earnest.
career and working life
Rob Thomas formed the band Tabitha’s Secret in 1993 and the members were Brian Yale, Paul Doucette, Jay Stanley and John Goff. Her band was popular in the Orlando area where they could play in bars and nightclubs. And Thomas was the one who wrote most of their songs. To make his song and writing more magical, he began focusing more on emotions inspired by his own life. However, their band didn’t last long and broke up before deals were signed.
Likewise, Rob Thomas then met rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor and lead guitarist Kyle Cook with Yale and Doucette and were able to form a new band, Matchbox 20. This band was able to record several demo tapes with Serletic as producer. After some time, the band signed with the Atlantic subsidiary Lava Records. Also, Rob was the one who wrote every song on Matchbox 20’s debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You. The album did not do well in the beginning and then gained recognition after some time. And then they started releasing their next albums. Their band could also become the best new band of 1997.
Rob Thomas wanted to try something new, so he thought about working on a demo tape for Santana’s rep. He himself and the other band members were unsure of the song, but his wife assured him. They released the song and it was a smash hit, spending 58 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also won three Grammy Awards for Best Recording, Best Song and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocal. This song opened the door for him as a songwriter and solo artist.
More about careers
Rob Thomas and the band began recording and releasing many other albums as a whole. Also Thomas himself wrote and co-wrote many songs for her and the others. Also, most of the time their albums became a hit. After spending some time with fame and their careers, they decided to take a break to focus on their families. Then, in 2005, Rob launched his solo career with the release of “…Something to Be,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album also featured several songs that the other members of Matchbox Twenty had rejected.
His solo album garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. He also embarked on his first solo tour, touring with Jewel and Toby Lightman. After a year of the album’s release, he received more attention. He then released many more singles and albums. Rob Thomas reunited with his Matchbox Twenty bandmates in 2007. And then the band decided to release a greatest hits album with some new songs. Likewise, the band was even able to record several songs written exclusively by Doucette and Yale.
Likewise, in early 2015 Rob performed several new album tracks such as “Hold On Forever”, “Great Unknown” and “Heaven Help Me”. He was also able to record the album, which will include both original and cover songs, at his home studio in New York over the summer.
Rob Thomas is popular as a solo artist for “emotional radio hits”. And he writes about the times, hoping people will like it, and not striving to follow trends or set trends. Also, most of his later songs are inspired by his wife and her battle with an autoimmune disease.
Rob Thomas met his wife, Marisol Maldonado at a Montreal afterparty in late 1997, who is a model. Both claim it was love at first sight. The couple wed on October 2, 1999 at manager Michael Lippman’s ranch in California and their wedding was broadcast on ABC’s Celebrity Weddings in Style. Thomas has a son named Maison Avery William Thomas from a previous relationship.
Rob Thomas has one height of 5 feet 9 inches and his weight is 82 kg. Apart from that, his other body measurements are still being checked. In addition, Thomas has brown hair and green eyes.
Social Media and Wealth
Rob Thomas is quite active on all of his social accounts. He has amassed 264,000 followers Instagram, 405.5K followers on Twitter and 1.1 million followers on Facebook.
According to celebritynetworth, Thomas a net worth of $17 million and his main source of income is singing and writing songs.