Kris Thomas is a star on the rise of the Memphis music scene. Since the early days of blues, Memphis music has been special. There is a magic in Memphis music that is recognized all over the world. It’s not just the people who were born here but the ones who are drawn here. People like Elvis, Al Green, Otis Redding, B.B. King and many more. Memphis has a rich history in music but there is also a great future for Memphis music. One of those singers who is carrying on the Memphis music tradition is Kris Thomas.
I first became aware of Kris a couple of years ago when he did a video with country music star Pam Tillis. The song was written by Tillis and Brenda Berger O’Brien. It was called “Two Kings” about Elvis and Martin Luther King. Mrs. O’Brien’s family is also rich in Memphis music history. The Berger family owned The Plantation Inn in West Memphis, AR where people like Willie Mitchell, Wayne Jackson, Calvin Newborn and Floyd Newman among others got their start.
Kris blew The Voice judges away last season with his Falsetto voice. The look on Usher’s face was priceless. Thomas sang a Whitney Houston song, “Saving All my Love For You” in the same key she sang it in, hitting all the high notes. While another singer may have keyed it down or not sang it at all, Kris Thomas altered nothing.
Now Kris has a new video out called “Balloons” and will be going out on tour soon. In the meantime you can catch him at Pancho’s in West Memphis Saturday September 21st from 6 until 9 as he hosts Karaoke. Meet Kris and show off your singing skills or just enjoy the show with a great dinner and/or drinks.
Kris is most certainly a part of the future of Memphis music and you can help make that happen. He is raising money through a program called Kick Starter that other musicians have used. He only has a week left to raise $8,000. Please check it out and help if you can. Support Memphis music.