If ever there were an official hymnal of love songs, rest assured several of the standards would have derived from JOE’s well-referenced music catalog. His skilled yet innate ability to blend smooth, sultry vocals with disciplined musicianship and songwriting has edified hearts the world round with an amazing grace that is both entertaining and divine.
As a bonafide preacher’s kid, Joe discovered his gift in the gospel choir where he learned to sing with the motivation to touch the soul. With compositions like “I’m In Love”, “All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do)” and “I Wanna Know” Joe won the respect of legions of men with his unabashed chivalry and captured the hearts and devotion of countless women by singing the words they have always longed to hear… Read more
The soulful sound of Joe’s tenor reinvigorated R&B (“Stutter,” “What If A Woman”) dignified Pop (Mariah Carey’s “Thank God I Found You” featuring 98 Degrees, “Through The Rain”) and even sounded off in the streets by way of popular demand for remixes and street anthems with hip hop’s most influential rappers like Big Pun (“Still Not A Player”), Mariah Carey, Nas (“Thank God I Found You (Remix)”) and G-Unit (“Ride Wit U”).
Joe’s latest offering, Ain’t Nothing Like Me, is a collection of songs that are snapshots from his own life. Ever present are the authentic, heart-felt lyrics that Joe has been ordained to deliver. Songs like “My Love (Make It Happen)” and “If I Was Your Man” are true to form arrangements that further expose a more personal side– a first for the enigmatic balladeer who has long been a staple on play lists for everything from weddings to family reunions; from ladies night out to road trips with the fellas; from poolside to bedside. “At this point in my life after being in the industry since I was 19 years old, this is more like a reflection of me and all the things I’ve seen in life. This album really captures my own journey,” says Joe of the introspective set.
Each song is a rhythmic interpretation of Joe’s more private thoughts and feelings shaped and arranged with collaborators like Jermaine Dupri, Dre & Vidal, Tim & Bob, Brian Michael Cox, Stargate and Sean Garrett.
Guest spots by Papoose (“Where You At”) and Yung Joc (“Ain’t Nothing Like Me”) illustrate Joe’s own contemporary sensibility and his importance to a burgeoning generation of listeners and future devotees.
“It’s been a long time since I heard some new Joe… dawg’s crazy like an R&B Cujo,” attests Nas who appears on the invitational “Get To Know Me.”
Ain’t Nothing Like Me connects with listeners of all ages. Such a timeless relevancy yet again re-affirms that Joe, the man and the music, is a tenant of the highly respected old school while simultaneously pioneering the new school. Some call that… classic. Joe Thomas, the most distinct voice in R&B.
00 – Intro – Joe – Somebody Gotta Be On Top (My Name Is Joe, 2000)
01 – Joe – Good Girls (All That I Am, 1997)
02 – Joe – I Wanna Know (My Name Is Joe, 2000)
03 – Joe – All The Things (Your Man Won”t Do) (Snippet) (All That I Am, 1997)
04 – Joe – Thank God I Found You (Feat. Mariah Carey and NAS) (My Name Is Joe, 2000)
05 – Joe – Dear Joe (Promo) (The Good The Bad The Sexy, 2011)
06 – Joe – Losing You (Promo) (The Good The Bad The Sexy, 2011)
Background music during the interview:
Joe – All Or Nothing, Joe – All The Things (Your Man Won”t Do), Joe – It”s Alright, Joe – All That I Am, Joe – Stutter, Joe – More And More, Joe – Where You At (Feat. Papoose), Joe – Why Just Be Friends, Joe – Very Special Friend, Joe – MetaphorFollow @Soulinterviews