NEW YORK, NY - A Little Rock native is set to appear on the entertainment talent show "America's Got Talent" seen on NBC and KARK.
Anthony Thomaz is a singer and songwriter who performs with the band QuadkilleR. He recently produced a self-titled album now available on iTunes.
Thomaz moved to New York last August after a widely recognized musical career throughout the South. He performs nightly at many of New York's most-noted venues. Madison Square Garden's Fuse News has been closely following his journey. This year, he performed at South By SouthWest, Light Bright Festival, Apollo Theatre, B.E.T and toured around college campuses. Last month, NBC's America's Got Talent pushed him through to the final round of auditions scheduled for January.
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Anthony Thomaz Bio:
Singer/songwriter Anthony Thomaz seems to be unstoppable. He has hundreds of thousands of YouTube views and Facebook hits. His Twitter account is often a place of intense discussion about his songwriting. His original song, Unspoken Words, gained over 20,000 YouTube views within a month – with no promotion and no budget. The video was directed, mixed and shot by Thomaz with only an iPhone and one camera.
He has performed all over New York City including the famed Apollo Theatre, Arlene's Grocery and Lucky Jacks, to name a few spots. He’s also performed on street corners from Little Rock’s President Clinton Avenue to Washington Square Park and Times Square. Recently, his life’s journey and his music were featured on Fuse News.
So far, Thomaz has been able to generate buzz about his music without a major label or representation. After much development and growth, he says he now hopes to partner up with the right company.
He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he began writing lyrics at the age of twelve. A self-taught musician, his rapid-fire vocal instrument describes scenes from life in the Deep South as well as meditations on the cityscapes of New York.
At 17, he moved to Arkansas and earned a Licensed Practical Nursing degree through Arkansas’s Job Corps program but music always tugged at his heart. Thomaz returned to Louisiana, where he witnessed the stark diaspora caused by Hurricane Katrina. Despite or perhaps because of his experience with Job Corps (“It was a military-style education,” he recalls) Thomaz returned to Arkansas where he practiced nursing by day and played and wrote music all night, every night.
His performances all over the south feature all original material. Thomaz has built a collaborative network from the streets of the Occupy Movement to area clubs throughout the Southland, including appearances at Austin’s annual South By Southwest Independent Music Festival.
Together with indie maestro Adam Lansky, Thomaz formed “Quadkiller,” described by the Arkansas Times as a musical exploration indicting “poverty, social and economic injustice, and winner-take-all capitalism.” A series of variety formats followed, as Thomaz partnered with DJs, musicians and spoken-word artists, including teaming up with MC Jase Williams as “Side Project.” The resulting musical fusion produced a monthly EDM series “Lite Brite” with indie film/music nonprofit LowKey Arts as well as a weekly dance venue Grindhouse Pub and a summer-long variety show in Little Rock.
Anthony Thomaz invites the listener to experience his journey along America’s uncertain road. “Impulse is just as vital and mysterious as fate,” he says. “My music takes me where I want to go, and the people I meet there are beautiful.”
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