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Joe Lewis Thomas, 5 July 1973, Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. Raised to sing gospel by his minister father, Joe Thomas has graduated to become one of the leading artists on the American urban R&B market in the late 90s and early 00s.
As a youth Thomas decided to move away from vocal, guitar and piano chores at his fathers church in Opelika, Alabama, and relocated to New Jersey, picking up a whole slew of new jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop influences in the process. He was eventually discovered singing in a Newark church by R&B producer Vincent Herbert. He was employed regularly in local studios to add his various musical abilities to records cut in New York studios for swingbeat acts like SWV and Hi-Five. Others who used his services included Toni Braxton, TLC and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The success of his 1993 debut album, and the hit single Im In Luv, encouraged his label PolyGram Records to employ him in a dual...