Released to rave reviews around the world and now getting play on more than 30+ blues, roots, college, CBC and country radio stations across Canada and beyond, read more here about Thomas Wade’s latest release ‘Funny What Makes You Cry” in Canada’s music trade magazine FYI:
You can tell the story of Thomas Wade in tons of different ways. You can tell it as the story of a gifted singer songwriter who escaped a troubled childhood and made a name for himself. You can tell it as a story of tragedy, of a man whose greatest talent was taken away from him at the height of his success. But the best (and most honest) way to tell this story is by focusing on one man’s unmatched love for music. From his humble beginnings to the peaks of his fame to the hardships he has faced, his passion for music is what has always sustained him.
From 1996 to 1999, Thomas Wade and Wayward ruled country radio. No other independent act was garnering the same level of success as them. The awards and the Top 40 hits kept on coming until he parted ways with the band – this time permanently. In the wake of Wayward’s end, Thomas worked towards making a name for himself as a solo artist. In 2000 he released Lucky 13, an album said by some to be an independent masterpiece. He crafted ambitious songs with lyrics that ranged from charmingly witty to beautifully poignant. With one album he showed the world what he was fully capable of, and Country Music Television backed him every step of the way.
Unfortunately, the success he had worked so hard to cultivate wouldn’t stay. In
2006 Thomas was diagnosed with Oromandibular Dystonia, an incurable neurological disorder that affected his speech. Thomas dedicated himself to learning everything he could about the brain, hoping to find a way to fight back against the dystonia. By 2011 he found himself able to start singing again, building himself up slowly by playing in whatever gigs he could. He kept on persisting until, over ten years after his retirement, he had finally reclaimed his voice.
Even though he had managed to recover his voice, he realized he couldn’t just go back to doing what he had done before. Instead of slugging it out to reclaim his relevance in the industry, he decided to focus on rediscovering his love for music. He drew inspiration from the artists that always inspired him and, over a couple of trips to Nashville, began writing new material with longtime collaborator Tim Taylor. These songs are what would eventually become the tracklist of Blue Country Soul, his first studio album in sixteen years.
At this point in Thomas Wade’s career he has the freedom to make the kind of music he’s always wanted to. He’s stopped working towards being a part of the next big thing and started working towards being a part of the music he’s loved since he picked up his first guitar. It’s taken a lot of time, a lot of work, and a lot of hardship to reach this point, but he’d never give up what he’s learned along the way. He’s done fighting an uphill battle. Now he just wants to share what he sees from the top.