Cecilia native Michael J. Thomas scored his second No. 1 song this week on the Billboard charts.
His song “I’ll Never Love Again” had been moving up the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay chart in the past few weeks and now has reached No. 1. The song is the smooth jazz version of the Lady Gaga song from the movie “A Star is Born.”
Thomas received the news Monday night and the song officially showed up Thursday on the Billboard charts.
“I am just as thrilled about this No. 1 as I was my first,” Thomas said. “I was jumping up and down like a kid when I got the call.”
He previously hit No. 1 in December 2017 with “Baby Coffee.”
“In some ways, it’s even more special because of the attention I attracted from my sax hero Dave Koz and Art Good, who has had his radio show and festival since the early 1980’s,” he said. “I’m just grateful for it.”
Thomas plays smooth jazz instrumental music on his soprano saxophone. He currently lives in Destin, Florida.
Along with radio airplay, Thomas’ music has been heard on Sirius XM’s Watercolors, The Weather Channel and the movie “Contagion,” starring Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne.
Jazz performance really clicked for Thomas when he improvised a version of the Jimi Hendrix song “Purple Haze” in his band class at Central Hardin High School. The reaction Thomas received from his peers sharpened his focus on music, he said.
“I’ll Never Love Again,” is the first release from an album he’s writing and recording.
“I have a show at the Velvet Note in Atlanta on Sept. 28 and while I’m there, I’m going to stay a few days and record two of the new songs for the EP coming out in early spring 2020,” he said. “On the touring front, I’m making my first appearance at the famed Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival on Oct. 19 and I’m super excited about this.”
In his band for that festival is drummer Omari Williams who worked on Thomas’ “Driven” album and tours with saxophonist Boney James. The keyboardist he’s working with tours with the Jacksons, which he’s also excited about.
“It should be a great time,” he said.
To find Thomas’ music, go to michaeljthomas.net or find him on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music sites.