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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2013 B.J. THOMAS RE-­‐IMAGINES HIS GREATEST HITS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS VINCE GILL, LYLE LOVETT, KEB’ MO’, ISAAC SLADE OF THE FRAY, RICHARD MARX, STEVE TYRELL AND MORE FOR THE RELEASE OF “THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS” THIS SPRING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2013
B.J. THOMAS RE-­‐IMAGINES HIS GREATEST HITS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS VINCE GILL, LYLE LOVETT, KEB’ MO’, ISAAC SLADE OF THE FRAY, RICHARD MARX, STEVE TYRELL AND MORE FOR THE RELEASE OF “THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS” THIS SPRING

Nashville, TN—B.J. Thomas, a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records: an album of stripped down, intimate acoustic re-­‐imaginings of 12 of his most renowned songs. With special guest artists Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Keb’ Mo’, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Richard Marx, Steve Tyrell, and more, joining him on his most memorable songs, Thomas releases “The Living Room Sessions” this Spring on Wrinkled Records.
The singer, a five-­‐time Grammy and two-­‐time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, invites longtime fans and newcomers alike into his “living room” for never-­‐heard-­‐before arrangements of his legendary classics. The Living Room Sessions also includes four solo performances by Thomas: the opening track “Don’t Worry Baby” (a Beach Boys classic first covered by the singer in 1977), “Eyes of a New York Woman” (1968), “Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love” (a #1 country hit in 1983) and “Everybody’s Out of Town” (1970).
Says Sandy Knox, President/Owner of Wrinkled Records, Inc., “I don’t know if we can put into words how thrilled we are here at Wrinkled Records, to have the opportunity to work with such a musical icon like B.J. Thomas. All of the hit songs he has recorded are like grand pieces of musical history.” She adds, “It has been exciting for all of those who have been involved in this project, because B.J. has never done this type of album before in his legendary career.”
Working with famed veteran country music producer Kyle Lehning (Randy Travis, Dan Seals Willie Nelson) at Sound Stage Studio in Nashville, and backed by some of Music City’s finest sessions musicians, Thomas recorded many of these as duets from his “wish list” of guest artists from different genres including pop great Richard Marx (“(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”), country legend Vince Gill (“I Just Can’t Help Believing”), bluesman Keb’ Mo’ (“Most of All”), Lyle Lovett (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”), rocker Isaac

Slade, lead singer of The Fray (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”) and producer/songwriter/ contemporary standards singer Steve Tyrell (“Rock and Roll Lullaby”).
Says Thomas, “In the studio, everything was real simple and organic, and we didn’t labor on anything too long to get things right. Mostly, it was a lot of fun. There were some great, surprising moments as well, particularly the performance from Isaac Slade and the dynamic vocals by Keb’ Mo’. He is so much more than a blues musician. He originally wanted to do ‘Hooked On A Feeling,’ but I wanted to save that for Sara Niemietz, so we recorded ‘Most of All.’ He came in not knowing the song at all, but he sat down, learned it, internalized it and put in the work it took to make it magical.”
Thomas also vibes on The Living Room Sessions with label mate and renowned Nashville touring and session singer) Etta Britt (“New Looks From An Old Lover”) and 20-­‐year-­‐old Broadway and soundtrack phenom Sara Niemietz, who joins Thomas on “Hooked on a Feeling.” Niemietz first sang this classic—a Top Ten pop hit from 1968—with Thomas years earlier, when she was invited by the singer, at the age of four, to join him onstage for her first public performance ever.
The track listing for “The Living Room Sessions” is as follows:

1. Don’t Worry Baby
2. I Just Can’t Help Believing (with Vince Gill)
3. Most Of All (with Keb’ Mo’)
4. Eyes of a New York Woman
5. (Hey Won’t You Play)Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (with Richard Marx)
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (with Isaac Slade)
7. Rock and Roll Lullaby (with Steve Tyrell)
8. New Looks From an Old Lover (with Etta Britt)
9. Old Fashioned Love
10.Hooked On A Feeling (with Sara Niemietz)
11.Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (with Lyle Lovett)
12.Everybody’s Out of Town

Adds Thomas, “The biggest blessing for me is that I never get tired of the songs I have had the privilege to share with the world. I still feel an emotional connection to them, and as they bring back great memories for me, they affect me the same way they might touch a longtime fan of my music. I never planned any of this out, so to be able to express myself in music and have that as a vehicle for my life for as long as I have is something I am always grateful for. There are so many thrills, satisfactions and great adventures I’ve had being involved in this for so many years, and I’m excited to have the opportunity with The Living Room Sessions to present some of my favorite songs in a different setting that feels just like home.”
Thomas’ Oscar winning “Raindrops” in “Spider-­‐Man 2” in 2004, underscored the singer’s continued place as an identifiable cultural touchstone. In recent years—as he continues to perform 60-­‐80 shows annually throughout the U.S. and internationally-­‐-­‐everywhere from Australia and Hong Kong (last year) to Paris (this coming March 2013), with plans to tour this year with the release of “The Living Room Sessions” in the Spring.
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12 Responses to FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2013 B.J. THOMAS RE-­‐IMAGINES HIS GREATEST HITS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS VINCE GILL, LYLE LOVETT, KEB’ MO’, ISAAC SLADE OF THE FRAY, RICHARD MARX, STEVE TYRELL AND MORE FOR THE RELEASE OF “THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS” THIS SPRING

  1. This is going to be a great CD. Can’t wait to get it. Congrats on this CD. Ya did a great job.

    • B, follow your heart, go for the dream, make the song and watch it grow. This is what you are doing. This will be a award winner for you. You are doing what you always wanted to do is make a cd your way and this is to treasure for life. You always have a great voice that is so smooth, soothing and devine and that is what makes you unique for all generes of music. Always remember the best memories of your songs. They are great songs. You are doing what you love doing. Luv Jackie

    • Ive seen this great australian band from when they stterad with Bon Scott twice and every tour since then with both Razors Edge & both Black Ic…

  2. Can’t wait to hear it! Full of greatness! I have said before I would like to hear BJ and Steve Tyrell together. Finally…Yeah! I know it will be great!

    Wishing you many Blessings in all you do!

    Thank you for your music and always being kind and generous to your fans!

    Love and Hugs!

    Jennifer

  3. So excited about this! I can’t wait to hear this CD and it to my collection. You are one of my very favorite singers and I am really happy for you! Congratulations!

  4. Can’t wait to get the CD and see the tour. Please come to Fayetteville, NC. We’d love it! Awesome voice and music that has ministered to me in my walk with the Lord. Thanks B.J.

  5. BJ: Your music has impacted me in an indescribable way since my early days as a youth growing up in Southeastern NC. As early as 1970 (Greatest Hits Volume II) I was emulating your vocal quality and sound. As an artist, I would spend hours drawing and singing along with your music. I continued to borrow from your distinct vocal sound (no one in the industry sounded exactly like you) throughout my adolescence and eventually became a lead vocalist for a Christian band in California following college – as a result of all those years being mentored by your sound. I’m still a fan and saw you sometime around 1993 in the Anaheim area prior to moving back to NC. Your legacy will live on.

  6. thanks bj for getting me through the last . . . few years. i’ve grown up and grown old with your graceful help through the rough times. sure are a lota rain drops happenin in 50 years. i cant wait for the new release. i can sure use some new spirit in my corner. i hope ya left the trombone part in leavin town. its sooooo perfect!!

    god bless brother

    donnie

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