Seattle-based musician Heather Thomas has music in her bones. It's as if in the same way leaves take in light and turn it to sustenance, Thomas takes in the world and generates song. The golden-voiced singer and head-banging drummer distills the day into choruses, transforms emotions into melodies. And her prolific gift of sonic-photosynthesis has taken her to stages around the world, performing everywhere from Europe to Good Morning America. While Thomas' brightest billings have come as the drummer for the Grammy-nominated singer, Mary Lambert, opening for artists like Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Pharrell, she remains one of the most sought after performers in the Emerald City. Among her many projects, the multi-instrumentalist fronts her power trio, The Heather Thomas Band; performs many roles in the psychedelic project, General Mojo’s; and is regularly hired for prominent studio sessions. And while opportunities abound locally for the artist, Thomas will look to the road for much of 2019 to play in myriad cities around the country. New ground to uncover. New paths to welcome. These are some mantras of one of Seattle’s hardest working performers and one of its most generous and nourishing songwriters.
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Press & Features
"Whether she’s singing in psych-pop ensemble General Mojo’s, or singing and bashing the kit for her own Heather Thomas Band, anything she touches is invariably worth a listen (or several)...Thomas’s bell-clear, beautiful voice hits with surprising force—she sounds like Linda Ronstadt gone full-on Rock Goddess...The complexity of her playing—breakneck shifts in meter, delivered with a walloping force that never loses its footing on the deeply organic groove—is dizzying. And she sings over it all without missing a beat. Yes, keeping your jaw from dropping is a fool’s errand."
-Tony Kay, Artist Home
"General Mojo’s Heather Thomas is more than just the band’s singer and percussionist, she’s also an outspoken advocate for supporting, making space for and increasing the visibility of female and female-identifying musicians. She’s been working for her own success for more than a decade with the goal of opening doors and broadening opportunities for herself and as many women as possible. I don’t know about you, but I think I’m in love."
-Carey Ross, Cascadia Weekly
“Heather naturally cultivates such a healthy environment, that combines challenge, positivity, and a knack for what's best for the flow of the song and the session. She has a really unique ability to keep things in the moment and lively, while always edging towards them being extraordinarily thought out and flushed out. Being in the studio with her is energizing, productive, and inspiring to anyone in the room, which ultimately translates to the listener." -producer Eric Lilavois
"Heather understands her role in this world as a woman paving the road for other women to find their voice and power and she’s leading by example through her music, championing the drums as an instrument of power for self expression and confidence. I was so inspired by her possibility-geared mindset and determination to practice, improve her craft and make something seemingly impossible happen."
- Cha Wilde, Wilde Musicians Podcast
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