Jamal Thomas, born 1954 and raised in Macon Georgia to proud parents William and Arsie Lee Thomas.
The fifth of six children, Jamal grew up as a musically inclined child, teaching himself to drum and sing at an early age.
Throughout highschool he played drums for the schools marching band.
Upon leaving highschool at age 18 he formed his own band, known as “The Planets“. An 11 piece Funk band in which he drummed and tried his hand at background singing. The Planets were fortunate enough to catch a break with the legendary R’nB singer Joe Simons, who’s hit list consists of more than 50 singles, including “Drowning in the sea of love“, “Get down get down“ and “Music in my bones“.
After extensively touring around the world with Joe Simons, Jamal went on to become a much sought after studio drummer. Becomming a regular session musician at the “Capricorn Recording Studio“ back in Macon Georgia, where top names such as Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers turned out their first hits. Thereafter, he joined the Rock ‘n Roll band “Black Oak Arkansas“, whererby re-location was the name of the game!
Eventually JT made other magical music hookups with the likes of the “SOS Band“, Maurice White and still to this day, tours throughout the world with Maceo Parker.
Whilst performing 16 years as the drummer of the Maceo Parker Band, Jamal has seen the lime light long enough to know where the soul of music is born.
And to give the rhythm a voice just made sense.
In 2008 he took a step into the vocal arena and decided to place his musical attention towards producing his first album “Family“ and exposing his gift of singing to the world.
In 2009 Jamal came across the young talented drummer Alex Bernath. They decided to collaborate and formed the Jamal Thomas Band.