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Rob Thomas at Live 8
Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas (born February
14, 1972) is an American recording artist, and the lead singer of the
band Matchbox Twenty and formerly in the band Tabitha's Secret. Rob Thomas
is also known for singing on the Carlos Santana hit "Smooth,"
on the album Supernatural, in 1999.
In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Rob Thomas the first Starlight
Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already made a lasting impact
in the music industry.
On April 19, 2005, Thomas released a solo album, Something to Be, which
includes duets with artists such as John Mayer. His first single off that
album, "Lonely No More", has reached No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard
Hot 100 chart so far. The aforementioned single debuted in the Top 10
of the Australian ARIAnet singles chart on the week of April 4, 2005.
Rob Thomas has been married to Marisol Maldonado since 1999, and has a
son named Maison Avery from a former relationship.
Matchbox twenty (originally Matchbox 20) is an alternative rock band from
Orlando, Florida. The members of the band are Rob Thomas, vocals; Brian
Yale, bass; Paul Doucette, drums; (formerly) Adam Gaynor, rhythm guitar;
and Kyle Cook, lead guitar. Thomas, Yale and Doucette had played the band
Tabitha's Secret in Orlando, Florida before splitting apart to form Matchbox
20 with Gaynor and Cook.
Matchbox twenty released their first album, Yourself or Someone Like You
in 1996. While their first single, "Long Day," was a rock radio-only
smash, the album soon spun off several Top 40 hit singles throughout 1997
and 1998, including "Push," "3AM," "Real World,"
and "Back 2 Good." The album eventually went on to sell over
12 million copies in the US alone, earning diamond status.
Before recording their next album, Rob Thomas wrote a song for Carlos
Santana's comeback album, Supernatural, on which he sang vocals. The song,
"Smooth," became the album's lead single and a gigantic smash
hit in 1999, and Thomas would earn several Grammys for writing it.
In 2000, Matchbox 20 renamed themselves "matchbox twenty" and
released their second album, Mad Season. The video for their first single,
"Bent," made fun of singer Rob Thomas' heightened profile by
showing the other band members mug and beat him mercilessly. "Bent,"
as well as "If You're Gone" and "Mad Season," also
became huge hits for the band.
For Matchbox twenty's third album, the other band members demanded equal
songwriting credit. Sharing the songwriting duties proved to be a good
idea, as the band once again had a greatly successful album, More Than
You Think You Are that was omnipresent on radio for more than a year and
a half with several hit singles including "Disease," "Bright
Lights," and "Unwell," which topped the charts for 20 weeks
In May 2004, the Matchbox twenty released a concert DVD, Show: A Night
in the Life of Matchbox Twenty, featuring 20 songs, including 13 of their
singles (all except "Last Beautiful Girl").
In February 2005, rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor officially left the group,
which had been on hiatus to allow other members to pursue side projects.
Rob Thomas has then had some solo releases, including the US Billboard
200 #1 album, Something To Be, and the top ten hit, "Lonely No More".
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