Once Upon a Girl
"The art of songwriting should not be reduced to least common denominators and mediocrity." Hallelujah, brother. That's Jason Michael Thomas, Indianapolis singer-songwriter, with his debut solo EP, Once Upon a Girl. Perhaps he looks familiar to you, or you'd swear you'd heard that voice before. If you're from the Midwest, you might know Jason from his work fronting the originals 'n' covers band X-Ray Roger Jimmy. If you're reading this, more than likely you hold in your hand said debut EP. Say it with me: Once Upon a Girl. Rolls nicely off the tongue, doesn't it? Clever, thoughtful, but not over the top. These six songs are the kinds you can sink your teeth into, sing along and relate to. They're songs about falling in love, growing with love, moving beyond love. They're songs of optimism and realism. They're songs that speak to people like us. As for Jason, music's in his blood. One of his earliest musical memories is of his grandfather-a bandleader back in the days of the Rat Pack-showing him jazz chords on the piano. At an early age, young Jason joined the boys' choir and began taking piano lessons. He's been in theater productions and films-experience which shows in his relaxed stage presence and composure. But it's the music you're interested in, am I right? If you must categorize, Jason writes melodic rock music-but it's so much more than that. His voice is soulful and rich, his guitar work intricate and creative, his lyrics passionate and heartfelt. In short, he's the whole package. With Once Upon a Girl, Jason's moved himself six steps closer toward his ultimate goal: In his words, "To write, record and perform as many songs as I can before I die." Life's short, my friends-listen deeply.