American singer, song-writer known for being the front man for the band Matchbox Twenty. Rob Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist and has earned three Grammy Awards for co-writing and singing on the Santana triple-platinum hit “Smooth”, on the album Supernatural in 1999. Gaining fame after his band released the string of hit singles that include, “Push,” “3AM,” “Real World,” “Back 2 Good,” “Disease,” “Unwell,” “Bright Lights,” “How Far We’ve Come,” and “She’s So Mean.” Rob Thomas was the very first recipient of the Starlight Award in 2004. This award recognizes young songwriters who have been a major and lasting influence in the music industry, given by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Matchbox Twenty originally started out as Tabitha’s Secret in 1993, eventually switching to Matchbox Twenty in 1995. Staying with the band for the next 10 years before beginning his solo career with the release of… Something To Be, which was a #1 hit on the album chart. His single from that album, “Lonely No More,” reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The second single, “This Is How a Heart Breaks,” went gold in the USA and hit the top 50 in Australia. As a solo act, Rob made quite an impact and many appearances, on July 2nd 2005 he appeared at the Live 8 concert in Philly and sang a solo set and “Higher Ground” with Stevie Wonder. Also appearing on September 10th, 2005 MTV Katrina Relief Concert In 2007. Rob went back to his roots and released another album with his band Matchbox Twenty entitled Exile on Mainstream, this album is a two-disc set with one disc featuring the band’s greatest hits while the other disc features six new songs. Thomas won the 2006 Top Hot Contemporary Artist award. Rob’s TV appearances include a cameo in the hit American sitcom Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia in its fourth season in which he played himself as a deranged patient of a rehab center. His last release of a four song digital-only EP was released in 2010 and featured 3 new songs. iTunes released the EP on March 30th 2010.