Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas (born February 14, 1972) is an American rock recording artist and songwriter. He is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox 20. Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist. Thomas earned three Grammy awards for co-writing and singing on the Santana triple-platinum hit "Smooth", on the album Supernatural in 1999.He has also lent his songwriting talents to such artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry.Since 1995, his band has released a string of hit singles to radio including "Push", "3 A.M.", "Real World", "Back 2 Good", "Bent", "If You're Gone", "Mad Season", "Disease", "Unwell", "Bright Lights", and "How Far We've Come". In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Thomas its first Starlight Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry.His own hits include "Her Diamonds", "Give Me the Melt Down", "This is How a Heart Breaks", "Ever the Same", and "Little Wonders".He is not the creator of Veronica Mars.
- ...Something To Be (2005)
- cradlesong (2009)
- The Great Unknown (2015)
Tropes relating to this artist and his songs:
- Adorkable: Especially obvious in the ...Something To Be videos.
- Anti-Love Song: "Lonely No More".
- All Take and No Give: "You just take and take and take and take and" in "Give Me the Meltdown".
- Annual Title: "Real World 09".
- And Now For Something Completely Different: "Getting Late".
- Audience Participation Song: "Lonely No More".
- Author Appeal: Really really loves African music and African American gospel vocalists, shown on both his albums, part of his Matchbox Twenty work and expressed in the song; "Fire on the Mountain" explicitly.
- Be Yourself: "Something to Be".
- Break Up Song: "This is How a Heart Breaks", "Mockingbird", "Gasoline", "Natural", "Slowblind".
- Careful with That Axe: In a sense on "This Is How A Heart Breaks", but when he really wants to let it all out, he does.
- Fanservice: Lonely No More features some sexual Female Gaze cinematography and he's wearing some all black cowboy inspired outfit.
- Grief Song: "Fallin' To Pieces", "My My My".
- Happily Married: To a model!
- Intercourse with You: "Words are only words, can you show me something else" in Lonely No More. "I've been sleeping around but I still aint over you" in "Still Ain't Over You".
- Military Brat: He was born on Landstuhl Air Base in Germany.
- Mood Whiplash: "When the Heartache Ends", "Something to Be", "All That I Am".
- Love Will Lead You Back: "Still Ain't Over You".
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Her Diamonds". Very upbeat-sounding, but it's about his wife's auto-immune disease and their struggle to deal with it.And she says ooh, I can't take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
'Cause I can't help her now
She's down in it
She tried her best and now she can't win it
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down
- Nice Guy: Rob is one of the friendliest guys in the world; his cool and unpretentious demeanor comes through in his music and has arguably helped him sustain a career since the mid 90s.
- Record Producer: Matt Serletic produces most of his stuff.
- Protest Song: "Fire On the Mountain", dedicated to Africa and the issues Africa faces as a continent, and other continents suffering similar problems.
- Precision F-Strike: As much as with his Matchbox Twenty work.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Something To Be", "Give Me the Meltdown", "Wonderful", "I Am An Illusion".
- Silly Love Songs: "Now Comes The Night" "Ever The Same", "Problem Girl", "All That I Am".
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Now Comes The Night", "Cradlesong", "All That I Am", "When The Heart Ache Ends".
- Take That/Take That Me: "Something to Be" features some intriguing lines about the artistic process:Play another one of those heartbreak songsTell another story how things go wrong And they never get backMy pain is a platinum stack/Take that shit back
- Obsession Song: "Still Ain't Over You".
- Unplugged Version: subverted with "Now Comes the Night" which was recorded live with him and his keyboard in a studio.
- Verbal Tic/Lyrical Tic: Is fond of throwing in "hey man", "man" and variations on that feeling and word in his songs.
- What Could Have Been: He was originally going to be involved in the music for The Last Song but left for unspecified reasons.
- You Are Not Alone: "Streetcorner Symphony".