Jerry Thomas


Jerry J.Thomas an American original singer/songwriter, born in the southern Ohio town of Ironton,Ohio. The same fertile soil that produced artist such as Bobby Bare,Earl Thomas Conley,Cowboy Copas to name a few. Jerry began singing professionally at the age of 14 at various venues around the Jacksonville,Florida and southeast Georgia area. He was raised in Jacksonville,Florida and was neighborhood friends with the Van Zant family of Lynyrd Skynyrd,38-Special southern rock fame. His music is a melting pot of traditional classic country with a southern rock charm. Jerry J. has played shows with artist such as Little David Wilkins,T.Graham Brown,Ronnie McDowell,Billy Dean,Jeannie C.Riley,Georgette Jones,Ken Mellons,Gary Stewart,Mandy Barnett,Doug Supernaw.He has performed in venues such as The Red Barn in Ohio,the Southern Ohio Opry,Ernest Tubb midnight jamboree,Music City Hayride,The Classic Lounge,Spindrifters,Capt Tony's in Key West,Moccasin Creek in Florida. He has written songs with T.Graham Brown,Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr.,Little David Wilkins,Diane McCall,Roy August,Mike White, Rob Kurtz to name a few. Jerry J is the 2017 Josie Award Traditional Country Music Artist of the Year Jerry J is a member of the The Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame 2016 Jerry J is a member of The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Honor 2016 A honorably discharged Vietnam Era Veteran of the United States Army 1982 Florida Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the year 1983 Florida Country Music Association Entertainer of the year. He is also the Josie Awards winner for the 2017 Traditional Country Music Male Artist of the Year. Jerry J. has had five number one songs on the Independent Country Music Charts 1 Boy What A Girl 2 That's The Way That I Love You 3 Johnny Sang A Country Song 4 Who Ever Turned You On 5 Road To Hope Jerry J. has been a B.M.I. registered songwriter since 1981. He also has endorsements from Clardy Guitars whom make the Jerry J.Thomas model D-Series all Mahogany guitars. Jerry J is the founder of the IN THE HOUSE Singer/Songwriter Show broadcast live each Friday evening from 6 - 8 pm CST on the NSR LIVE network broadcast to 18 countries around the world as well as the United States. The show is live from downtown Crossville,Tennessee. USA. Today you can catch J.J. the first Thursday of each month at Nashville Shores Papa Turney's Marina and Bar-B-Que in Hermitage,Tn from 6 - 9 pm CST.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

It is the Universal Language. Music can bring more people together than all the politicians worldwide can do. Music is Life,Hurt,Love,Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow..

What is your music dream?

To be the very best Singer/Songwriter I can be. When someone comes to my shows I want to be able to take them to a place for two hours where they forget about their worries and fears of the normal day. And I want my songs to paint a picture of life in general. And my greatest dream is to someday have other artist record songs I have written..I believe that is the highest compliment you can give to a songwriter.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Very simple = Share more Peace and Love with each other.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Blue Sky by The Allman Brothers Band. I just have always loved the beauty of that musical piece of art.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

John Denver,Jim Croce,Ian Tyson,Gordon Lightfoot,The Allman Brothers Band,Johnny Cash,Waylon Jennings,Guy Clark,Nanci Griffith,Kate Wolf,Mel Street,George Jones,Merle Haggard,Sonny James.

What inspires you to make music?

It is in my heart..I have always loved to play and create music and songs.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

The message of life in general is what I want to send..Life is not always pretty yet it is all we have,,And what we choose to do with it is up to each one of us.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

It is when I am the happiest..

What do you think of Drooble?

I love it..Anything that can help promote the songwriters,artist and musicians worldwide I support 110%. There are so many great artist that can't get the publicity they need do to one thing or another (income,medical,etc.) yet they deserve to be heard..Anyone that knocks that ,has to have a screw loose somewhere..With that being said,I want to THANK YOU Drooble and staff for doing what you do for all of us.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

I never thought about that..LOL...I would say my pet peeve is not being on time...

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes I do..I do a live radio broadcast every Friday night because I host a Singer/Songwriter Show..So being such I am also a huge fan of a lot of my songwriting pals and recording artist that I have on my show..And being the host I also try to expose young up & coming writers and artist to the show as well.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

If I knew that answer I'd be a big household name don't you think? My answer is simple though..Always be true to yourself..Dress like an entertainer and conduct yourself as a professional..After all it is the fans that make you or break you..I have been blessed many times because I have held to these simple rules..And I Thank All the Fans that allow me the chance to do what I love to do..

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Jo Smith, Gary Clardy, Sean Gasaway,The Young Fables,Rob Ondrus,Mike Shipley,Michael Daniel,Juelane Porter,Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr.