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Michael J Thomas

It’s beginning to look a lot like…after the locked down Christmas of 2020, this year is shaping up to be a whole lot more wonderful as we finally get to travel freely, reconnect and spend time in person with cherished family and friends, deck those halls and trim those trees the way we did pre-pandemic. A celebration time like this needs the perfect festive soundtrack – and #1 Billboard charting saxophonist Michael J Thomas and Grammy nominated vocalist Maysa are ready to start the party. Joining creative forces for the first time, the two deliver the ultimate contemporary urban jazz holiday delight with their infectious new single “It’s Christmas.”

Penned by Thomas and Maysa and produced by Thomas, Raymond Darius Jackson, Trammell Starks and Carl Griffin, “It’s Christmas” is 2021’s answer to Donny Hathaway’s timeless and much covered “This Christmas.” It’s a burst of joyful, sensual R&B/jazz funk that soulfully captures every aspect of the season – the great anticipation, the spirited gatherings, the love behind the gifts exchanged, the boughs of holly, the fireplace and the hot cocoa, with Santa fully on board and Nat King Cole making a special nostalgic appearance.

These bright, swirling images and emotions are brought home to all our hearts via Maysa’s incomparable vocals – which have been part of the urban jazz world since her early 90’s recordings with Incognito – and Michael’s lyrical soprano harmonies and solo sections and dynamic textured horn accents. The song’s irrepressible hook says it all and invites us to sing along: “It’s Christmas/Best Time of the Year/It’s Christmas/Let’s toast to Another Year!”

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“You clearly know what you’re doing, and it’s great…congrats on an impressive career.” - Dave Grusin, Legendary GRAMMY® winning Music Producer / Arranger / Musician, ACADEMY AWARD® winner, and the G in GRP Records)

“Michael has done a beautiful emotional instrumental version of that gorgeous song. My buddy Carl Griffin, the great record executive, sent it to me a couple of weeks ago and I just fell in love with it so I hope you will as well.” — Dave Koz, The Dave Koz Lounge on SiriusXM Watercolors

“Michael J Thomas’ six-track EP “Stream’n Love” showcases the saxophonist/songwriter’s prodigious talents, starting with his technical excellence and warm, rounded sax tone, which is interwoven with lush, synth-laden tracks

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Albums

Stream'n Love EP

Harbor Breeze Records
2020

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City Beat

Harbor Breeze Records
2018

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DRIVEN

Harbor Breeze Records
2017

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