Joe Thomas grew up in Opelika, Alabama and was the son of two preachers. He grew up singing in the choir, playing guitar and eeven directing the choir at his church.
Because of his roots in the church, Joe was influenced early on by gospel stars like the Winans, Commissioned and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. As he became enveloped in music, he grew to love legends Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and contemporary stars Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat.
Joe got his chance while working in a gospel music store in New Jersey, where he met with producer Vincent Herbert. In 1993, he released the album Everything under Polygram Records. The cd had several hit singles including 'I'm in Luv', and 'All or Nothing.'
The album that truly put him on the spot was All That I Am, released in 1997 under Jive Records. The album had two Top 5 R&B tracks, 'All the Things' and 'Don't Wanna Be a Player.' The album went platinum, showing Joe's blossoming career.
Things started becoming golden after that, with Joe appearing on the smash hit 'Thank God I Found You' with Mariah Carey. His third album, My Name Is Joe came out in 2000 and reached #2 on the Billboard charts, selling over three million copies. It had the pop hit 'I wanna Know' and 'Stutter.'
He has yet to repeat the high sales of My Name Is Joe but that's not to say his latest albums haven't been successfull. In 2001, Joe released The Better Days which went Gold and had the single 'Lets Stay Home Tonight.' In 2003 he released And Then... which also achieved gold status and had the popular single 'More and More.'