"Taste of Life"
Welcome to Switzerland's Rey Thomas. A truly international artist with exciting pop songs that were imagined and created across three continents!
Rey's musical history began 16 years ago when, at age 6, he first performed publiciy with his father's band in Zurich. Since that time he has performed throughout Europe at various festivals and competitions, and in his late-teens he took on the lead role of Tony in the Swiss production of "West Side Story". Rey then moved to Los Angeles and studied at the world famous Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
Upon his return to Switzerland he embarked on the first step in his recording career by releasing his debut single "Anything Is Possible" in his native country through an independent Swiss label, Jaxx Records. Despite not having a video-clip the song was an immediate Top 40 success in Switzerland, with significant radio-airplay throughout Europe, including Germany. The song was included in a German compilation CD along with Backstreet Boys and other major international stars.
Rey's performance of the song earned him the Prix Walo (Swiss Grammy) award for Best Male Singer and Newcomer of the Year.
At this point Rey determined to record his debut album with the finest songs and musicians in the world and to that end he enlisted the writer of "Anything Is Possible", Clive Young, to produce the album. Clive has been a sucessful recording artist in his home of Australia as well as being awarded Australian Songwriter Of The Year for 1998. He has recently produced albums in Nashville, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne, all of which are about to be released world-wide by the respective artists.
The basic tracks were recorded in Los Angeles at the studio of Grammy Award nominated songwriter/ arranger/ keyboard-player, Tom Keane. Tom has arranged, produced and written songs for innumerable artists including Celine Dion, Chaka Khan, Chicago, Taylor Dane and Richard Marx. Guitars were played by Mike Landau, considered to be one of the finest session guitarists in the world. He has played on almost every major recording artist's albums, including Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. Bass player Eric Pressley is currently recording his second album as songwriter/ producer/ bass player with his band Transister. Prior to that he spent many years playing bass for Belinda Carlisle and Cher. Drums were recorded in Australia with Peter Maslen, formerly of top Australian band Boom Crash Opera.
Most recently he completed a world tour with Men At Work The album was mixed by Australian engineer Matt Gearing Thomas, who's recording and mixing credits included INXS, Matchbox 20, Underworld, Deep Purple, U2 and the Three Tenors.
With his recording debut "Taste of Life" in safe hands, Rey has emerged with an exhilarating album of finely-crafted pop songs which show a maturity belying his age of 22. In his clasically trained voice, uncanny pop instinct and emotional commitment to the song ensure that this is first step in the long and exciting career of Rey Thomas.