February 14, 1972 Landstuhl, Germany
Quote From Rob Thomas:
"You have control over making a record, you have control over making songs, control over playing live and performing the best show that you possibly can, but as far people liking your record and people buying your record, there is so little that you can do about that."
Rob Thomas Trivia Fact:
Wolfgang Puck was the chef for the wedding dinner of Rob Thomas and model Marisol Maldonado.
Rob Thomas was born February 14, 1972 on a U.S. army base in Landstuhl, Germany. His parents divorced, and he spent much of his childhood shuttling between his grandmother in South Carolina and his mother in Florida. Thomas dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to pursue a career in music. In 1993 he formed the band Tabitha's Secret. After some local success, Rob Thomas, Brian Yale and Paul Doucette all left to form the group Matchbox Twenty with Adam Gaynor and Kyle Cook.
Matchbox Twenty Takes Off:
Matchbox Twenty released their first album Yourself Or Someone Like You in the fall of 1996. Constant touring helped tracks like "Push" eventually catch on with modern rock radio, and the album began climbing the Billboard charts. By 1998 Yourself Or Someone Like You had sold over 5 million copies and Rolling Stone readers voted the band the Best New Band of 1997.
While Matchbox Twenty took 1999 off to record their second album, Rob Thomas took on a songwriting and singing assignment with the Latin rock band Santana. The song "Smooth" was one of many tracks on the Supernatural album with guest performers, but it was the track chosen as the lead single. Rob Thomas' sly, sexy vocal performance alongside Santana's contemporary Latin pop-rock was irresistible to audiences. Before "Smooth" finally left the charts it had spent 12 weeks at #1 and was later named as the top hit on the Billboard charts of the entire rock era.
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Rob Thomas - Solo Pop Star:
Many in the music industry expected Rob Thomas to go solo after his massive success with "Smooth," but he quietly returned to his role as lead vocalist and songwriter for Matchbox Twenty. Their second album Mad Season was released in 2000 followed by More Than You Think You Are in 2002. Both albums were commercially successfully, but, after a year of touring in 2003, the group decided to take a break.
Rob Thomas used this break from work with Matchbox Twenty to finally record his first solo album. Something To Be appeared in April, 2005 debuting at #1 on the album chart, higher than any of Matchbox Twenty's three albums. The album's first single "Lonely No More" was a top 10 pop smash and hit #1 on the adult contemporary chart.
In 2007 Matchbox Twenty reunited to release the album Exile on Mainstream. It was a greatest hits collection that also included six new tracks. The album debuted at #3 on the albums chart, but the lead single "How Far We've Come" failed to make the pop top 10.
Rob Thomas headed back to the studio for solo work and announced in 2008 that a second album was nearly complete. The collection was given the title Cradlesong. The first single, "Her Diamonds," was released in April 2009.