Rob Thomas

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Rob Thomas

Born

2/14/1972, Landstuhl, Germany

Birth Name

Robert Kelly Thomas

Gender

Male
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Rob is best known for his lead-singer status in the popular rock band "Matchbox 20." Most recently, he has launched a successful solo career. Born in Germany on a military base, Rob grew up in Florida. He first realized he wanted to be a musician at the age…more

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  • Trivia

    • His second and very limited edition solo album was a Target exclusive release and included two new songs, two remixes, one new version of the Tabitha's Secret song "Dear Joan" and a two new versions of his already released "When The Heartache Ends" & "Something To Be". It was released sometime after the cd Something To Be in 2005.

    • The fourth Matchbox Twenty studio album has been named "Exile on Mainstream".

    • Is often mistaken online for the creator of Veronica Mars, as they share the same name.

    • The new CD from Matchbox 20 is roumored to be a greatest hits, and the band has recorded 8 new tracks, which may lead to a bonus CD.

    • Rob has confirmed to return to Matchbox 20 for the release of their new CD.

    • He is 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) in height

    • Rob Thomas and Santana had the longest time at being #1 on VH1's Top 20 Countdown with Smooth. Recently, the Dixie Chicks broke that record with Not Ready To Make Nice

    • Rob's ...something to be tour ended on 7.15.06

    • At the end of his CD, Rob tells his wife: "Mari, none of this is possible without us. I thank you the most."

    • Rob's album "...something to be" was recorded by Atlantic Recording Corporation.

    • Rob wrote all of the songs on his debut single "...something to be."

    • Rob released a special CD, ...something more, for Target to go along with his first solo CD, ...something to be.

    • Rob spent much of his young life shuttling between his grandmother in South Carolina and his mom in Florida.

    • Rob has the same birthday as Pat O'Brien.

    • Rob Thomas: I've come to the conclusion that there are two types of people in life - those who have been to Graceland - and those who have not. I am thankful to say that I am one of those people who has!

    • Rob Thomas: Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to tell stories, but I never had the patience to sit down at a typewriter and write short stories or anything like that. I started writing songs as a way of communicating ideas the best way I could.

    • Rob Thomas toured with Jewel in 2006.

    • Rob appeared on the MTV Katrina Relief Concert

    • The first concert he attended was Genesis on its Invisible Touch Tour.

    • Rob's first solo album, "...Something to Be" was released on April 19, 2005.

    • "This Is How A Heart Breaks" was used during a majority of telecasts for ABC's coverage of the NBA Playoffs.

    • Full Name: Robert Kelly Thomas

    • Rob is active in VH1's Save the Music which provides money for musical instruments for schools after their funding has been cut.

    • For his song Now Comes The Night, Rob held a writing session at Music Makers Inc. which is owned by Mitch Leigh, who wrote the music for Man of La Mancha in 1991.

    • Rob worked with John Mayer for his song "Streetcorner Symphony" on his solo CD Something To Be.

    • Rob's charity of choice is the Sidewalk Angels Foundation, which he and his wife Marisol created. His Christmas CD, A New York Christmas, was first released in 2002. The sales that year benefited Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. Reissued for Christmas 2003, the single's proceeds were given to Pets Alive, a no-kill animal shelter in Middletown, NY

    • After dropping out of both high school and his difficult home life, 17-year-old Rob drifted around the Southeast, hitchhiking and crashing where he could.

    • In 2001, Rob was inducted into the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. He is the youngest-ever member of the Hall of Fame. The award placed him in the company of such South Carolinian legends as James Brown, Minnie Pearl, and Dizzy Gillespie.

    • Rob has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Marc Anthony, Mick Jagger, and Bernie Taupin.

    • Rob has done fund-raising for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    • In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Rob the first Starlight Award, which is given to young songwriters who have made a lasting impact in the music industry.

    • Rob attended Lake Brantley High School in Florida.

    • Rob was born in Germany on a military base, but shortly after, he moved to Florida, where he was brought up.

    • Rob says, "I am sports-retarded, and I don't know anything about cars. But my wife laughs because I can pick out a Kate Spade bag, no problem."

    • Rob shares his name with the creator of the popular UPN show Veronica Mars.

    • Robert's parents divorced when he was just two years old.

    • Rob's favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins.

    • Married Marisol Madonado in October of 1999.

    • Robert has a son--Maison Avery William Thomas--from a prior relationship.

  • Quotes

    • "I tell people that it's a new band, a new Matchbox"

    • "We kept beating around ideas and kept coming back to 'Cupid' as the best of the group. So they said to me, 'Why not go back and do 'Cupid' again?'"

    • "We knew it could be the end, and it's a pretty melancholy way to go out"

    • "It was really intense. When it was over we knew we were going to be friends no matter what happened to the band"

    • We're completely pumped about getting back together and heading out on the road after all this time, especially since we have a bunch of new songs to play for everyone

    • "When you look at the antiquated model that the record company is, it's becoming more and more obsolete"

    • "We're all older now and it doesn't make sense any more for the guys in Matchbox to spend their lives trying to play my life"

    • "Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to tell stories, but I never had the patience to sit down at a typewriter and write short stories or anything like that. I started writing songs as a way of communicating ideas the best way I could."

    • "I say, if you're going to bash us, just be clever."

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Nice

    9.4
    Rob is awesome! He plays with such emotion and depth. I have seen many a concert and most performers play so routine, but Rob plays as though he felt the music he was singing. His voice is great, and even better in live concerts. That guy just doesn't need anything to sing, but a microphone. I also like matchbox 20, but he's doing just fine own his own as well That is a performer to me! I Can't wait to see him again when he does another concert around here where I live. There are only a few people that have true talent like he does.

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    10
    Rob is awesome! He plays with such emotion and depth. I have seen many a concert and most performers play so routine, but Rob plays as though he felt the music he was singing. His voice is great, and even better in live concerts. That guy just doesn't need anything to sing, but a microphone. I also like matchbox 20, but he's doing just fine own his own as well That is a performer to me! I Can't wait to see him again when he does another concert around here where I live. There are only a few people that have true talent like he does.moreless
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