Rob Thomas Biography
Robert Kelly Thomas was born on a military base in Germany on February 14, 1972, he spent much of his childhood between his mother's house in Florida and his grandmother's place in South Carolina. At the age 17, after quitting high school and eventually settling in the Orlando, Florida area, the singer + songwriter teamed with Paul Douchette and Brian Yale; they began playing music together as Tabitha's Secret; in 1996 the guys formed Matchbox Twenty, the band became one of the most popular Alternative-Rock acts of the recent years, with over 25 million albums sold worlwide.
During 1999, Thomas, had an unexpected success with the song "Smooth", taken from the multi-platinum Santana album "Supernatural", the track co-written and sung by Rob Thomas, won three Grammys: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.
April 2005 saw the release of "...Something To Be", his eagerly anticipated debut solo album which made history as the first album by a male artist from a Rock or Pop group to debut at #1 on The Billboard 200 since the chart was launched 50 years earlier. The album was a worldwide hit peaking at #2 in Canada and #3 in Great Britain. The disc included the Adult Contemporary #1 single "Lonely No More", it also peaked at #6 on The Billboard Hot 100 and was followed by three more Hot Adult Top 40 radio smashes: "This Is How A Heart Breaks", "Ever The Same" and "Streetcorner Symphony".
Thomas returned to the Hot Adult Top 40 chart at the start of 2007 with "Little Wonders", a single featured in the film "Meet The Robinsons" and in the fall he released a new record with Matchbox Twenty.
In June 2009, arguably the most accomplished singer + songwriter of his generation, released his sophomore solo studio effort called "Cradlesong", the disc debuted at #3 on The Billboard 200 and quickly bulleted into the top 10 of the Canadian Albums charts. The first single off the CD, the mid-tempo track entitled "Her Diamonds", hit #23 on The Billboard Hot 100.