Marc Thomas

Marc Thomas

BandR&BFunk

You've never seen a white boy like this before. In a word, Marc Thomas is bringing Funky back. And he's doing it with class and style, summoning up classic horn and keyboard-driven funk-soul sounds and injecting them with his own youthful pop sensibility. His voice and charisma are the real deal.

Biography

Marc Thomas, 23, hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Born and raised in the historic East Bay, Thomas was exposed at an early age to the music of iconic East Bay artists like Tower of Power and Sly & the Family Stone, groups he now counts as some of his greatest influences. Raised on a steady diet of old-school funk, rock, and soul that included artists like the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Billy Preston, and Chicago, Thomas combines a soulful throwback sensibility with modern pop overtones. Thomas, who got his start in theater, began playing guitar at the age of eleven and subsequently taught himself to play piano (including keyboards and clavinet).

But Thomas’ trajectory has not always been strictly musical. In 2002, Thomas was accepted to University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2006 with degrees in Film and Political Science. As a student at Berkeley, Thomas focused his artistic energies on film theory and filmmaking, writing and shooting short films in the United States, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic. In 2007, he went on to earn a Masters degree from
Stanford University in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Over the course of his academic career, Thomas has also completed fellowships at Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute and in Columbia University’s department of Slavic Languages. He is fluent in French and Russian and has spent extensive time living, working, and studying in Russia, Ukraine, and France, where much of his mother’s side of the family still lives.

It was as an undergraduate at Berkeley that Thomas decided to seriously pursue a career in music and began to write and perform his original material. While there, he met physicist and fellow guitarist, Jesse Engel, with whom he recorded an acoustic EP in 2005 under the guidance of avant-garde jazz composer and former bassist of the 60s psychedelic band, Moby Grape, Gordon Stevens. In early 2006, Thomas’ demo tape landed in the hands of multi-talented veteran producer and guitarist, Chris Camozzi, who immediately signed Thomas to his production company, Mozaic Music, with a view to taking the young artist’s career to the next level. Since then, the two have worked together as a creative team, and, under Camozzi’s guidance, Thomas had been able to expand his musical vision, develop as an artist, and carve out his unique sound. In 2006, Thomas recorded a series of demos with Camozzi at the Plant Studios in California, and the two have since assembled a body of work that consists both of Thomas’ original compositions and songs that the two have co-written.

As he continues to write new material, Thomas has built a steadily growing following on MySpace and has gained over 70,000 fans since he launched his site in early 2007. Marc Thomas went live on iTunes in August 2007, and his digital music sales have increased two-fold every month since then. In February of 2008, Thomas received nationally syndicated radio airplay on the Kidd Kraddick Morning show in a segment called “Music That Makes You Cooler.” Exposure on the show, which is based in Dallas, Texas and carried on nearly 100 affiliates across the country, has generated unprecedented traffic to Thomas’ MySpace page and has contributed to a major surge in his iTunes sales.

Most recently, Thomas and his band were invited to play at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA for an Atlantic Records showcase.

Though music remains his chief focus, Thomas would eventually like to return to the stage as an actor and also pursue a career in filmmaking.

For more, please check out Marc Thomas at:
www.myspace.com/marcthomasmusic

Lyrics

So High

Written By: Marc Thomas

Well there’s something about September
That makes me feel so new inside
And I’m thinking by mid-November
I’ll be ready for our hearts to collide

Well, every once in a while, girl, love can be deceiving
But you’re a once in a lifetime kind of feeling

Oh, girl you take me so high
And I don’t know if I’ll ever come down
And girl I can’t say goodbye
I just can’t live my life on solid ground

Oh, we are so happy in my dreams…
Oh, and it’s even better than it seems…

I’d be a fool if I were to let you go
Oh, and I ain’t no fool so I ain’t bout to let you go

Oh, goodnight, good day, oh my my, just forget it, hallelujah
Girl I think you stole my heart
So put a flower in your hair
And a sunrise in your pocket
Tell me you love me if you dare

Well every once in a while my head and my heels have been misleading
But you’re a once in a lifetime kind of feeling

Oh, girl you take me so high
And I don’t know if I’ll ever come down
And girl I can’t say goodbye
I just can’t live my life on solid ground

Oh, we are so happy in my dreams…
Oh, and it’s even better than it seems…

I’d be a fool if I were to let you go
Do I look like fool?
No I ain’t gonna let you go

And Time
Time will pass us by
But it’ll pass us beneath us
Time will never find us way up here in the sky

You and I
Never been
So alive

Oh, girl you take me so high
And I don’t know if I’ll ever come back down

Oh, girl you take me so high
And I don’t know if I’ll ever come down
And girl I can’t say goodbye
I just can’t live my life on solid ground

Oh, we are so happy in my dreams…
Oh, and it’s even better than it seems…

I’d be a fool if I were to let you go
Oh, and ain’t no fool and I ain’t bout to let you go
I said I’m not gonna, no I’m not gonna, said no, no, no


Your Love, My Love

Written By: Marc Thomas


Tell me what would you do if I
Left on this train tomorrow
Would you chase that train down
To the end of the platform?
And would you leave your love there
For me to return to?
Cause you know I’ll be back real soon
And you should know I’d do the same for you

I know I just met you
But I’ll never forget you
Because

Your Love is my Love
And your Pain is my Pain
And your Sunshine is my Joy
And your Rain is my Rain

I want to be with you
Hand in hand and face to face
Let’s find a way
Back to this place

Yesterday I found that letter that you wrote me
It was hiding in my coat
I must’ve read it bout a hundred thousand times
We don’t know where were going
And we don’t know what’s in store
But, girl, I really love your kisses and I hope I get a hundred thousand more

I know I just met you
But I’ll never regret you
Because

Your Love is my Love
And your Pain is my Pain
And your Sunshine is my Joy
And your Rain is my Rain

You’re one in a million
But for now I’m gonna put this love away
In a space that we might find again one day

Your Love is forever my Love
And your Pain is forever my Pain
And your Sunshine is my Joy
And your Rain is my Rain

Your Love is my Love
And your Pain is my Pain
And your Sunshine is my Joy
And your Rain is my Rain

I want to be with you
Hand in hand and face to face
Oh, let's find a way
Back to this place

In There Somewhere

Written By: Marc Thomas

Yes, we are living in a multi-colorful world,
But I believe there are some colors that you still haven’t seen
So I’ma take you on this afternoon excursion
We gonna feel the taste of dreams

I know your love is in there
Burning somewhere deep inside you
But girl come on you gotta set it free

I know that you’re in there somewhere hiding
So girl won’t you let me in, I wanna to find you

Recently I stumbled upon this personal peyote patagonia
But you’re the highest high that I have ever come to find
I wanna know you girl
I wanna touch your world

I know your heart is in there
Buried somewhere deep within you
So girl come one you gotta set it free

I know that you’re in there somewhere hiding
So girl won’t you let me in, I wanna to find you

Oh, girl won’t you let me in, I
I wanna discover you all over again
You feel so close, yet
Still so far away (And I know you’ll come around some day)

I know that you’re in there somewhere hiding and I
I’m not gonna rest until I find you
Rest until I find you

I know that you’re in there somewhere hiding
So girl won’t you let me in, I want to find you

Discography

Marc Thomas - EP

1. So High
2. You Love, My Love
3. In There Somewhere
4. Down By The Bay
5. Never On A Monday
6. If I Ever Lose This Heaven

Set List

1. Funky Intro/Entrance
2. Down By The Bay
3. So High
4. Never On a Monday
5. Walk Away (Ben Harper cover)
6. Be Okay
7. No Words
8. Just Walk On By
9. Help Somebody
10. If I Ever Lose This Heaven (Average White Band cover)