Hi, there. My name is Geoff Thurman. I'm an artist, singer, songwriter, father, grandfather and muse. I have worked for a cell phone company, hotel resort, book distributor and the IRS to pay the bills. There are no other members in the band, but my agent tells me that I need a band ... I guess I kind of used to talking to myself. Am I rambling?
Ask him how he feels about his many songs artists have recorded from the early 80s through the present age. He responds, "How long have I been at this? I'm old". He has over thirty plus years logged in the business of Country and Contemporary Christian music. Yet he now chooses to return to his original passions rooted in acoustic laced rhythm & blues. The truth is clear about Geoff Thurman. Like other artists of his nature and background, he is a difficult man to decipher, even though he wears his heart on his sleeve.
Geoff began writing songs in the mid 70s during his senior year in high school, although his parents heard him banging at the piano or guitar many years before that. He began singing at the ripe old age of six. Even then, there was a certain flare about his performance style. He listened and watched. "I was drawn to certain people because of how they communicated, not what they communicated". While most of his contemporaries drew from wells filled with the likes of André Crouch, Bill Gaither and Chris Christian, Geoff's musical roots began with The Beatles and James Brown. "I had cool sisters to whom I owe my musical influences".
Reigning from his stomping grounds of Cincinnati, Ohio, Geoff juxtaposes layers of acoustic, Latin and Urban genres in creating his signature, soulful spiritual sound. Stemming from an era when the arts were a platform for revolution, he frames his music with a raw, illustration of his trials, tribulations and triumphs as a man and musician. Influenced by industry legends like Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix and The Staple Singers, Geoff began to contribute his wide range of artistic genius to the music industry. In 1983, Geoff had his first song, "Jehovah", recorded by songstress, Amy Grant. The single climbed to the top of the Contemporary Christian Music Charts, solidifying Geoff as a promising, young talent. This experience provided Geoff with an opportunity to record a plethora of other songs, alongside an array of Contemporary Christian Music stars. From Point Of Grace, Cindy Morgan and Michael English to Glen Campbell and Ricky Skaggs, Geoff received accolades and industry recognition for his song contributions to the Christian circuit. In 1998, Geoff co-produced and released his debut, solo LP, "The Unseen Child". Distributed by Fair Oaks Music, it spawned the commercial success of the smash-hit single, "How You're Living".
To promote his music to the masses, Geoff Thurman has performed before the presence of live audiences, overseas and across the nation since 1976. Geoff most recently has also taken center stage at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN. Garnering respect as one of the most prolific performers of his generation; Geoff has accompanied Ricky Skaggs at The Ryman Auditorium as well. The critical and commercial success of Geoff Thurman's career has led him in the direction of creating music beds for daytime television, in association with his music contributions to HBO and DISNEY programming. Ultimately, Geoff aspires to reach a plateau in his career that allows him to continue writing and being innovative for many years to come.
I play live. I like to play live ... a lot. It's MUCH better than playing dead. The response with a dead crowd is ... well ... dead.
Quincy, Herbie, Hendrix, Joplin, the Beatles, the Jackson Five, Prince, the Black Eyed Peas, Jon Mayer, Ella Fitzgerald, the Duke, Sting, Regie Hamm, Stevie Wonder, David Matthews, David Wilcox, The Mills Brothers, Michael McDonald, Michael Johnson, B. B. King and Jesus Christ (now that boy can blow).
1975 Alvarez Yairi, cheap processor for compression, any keys (if available ... not playing keys and guitar at the same time) my voice and fingers...
There once was a bloke from Sheboygan ...