Grammy-winning superstar unveils much-anticipated new album The Great Unknown set for release on August 21st
Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the release of his greatly anticipated new album. The Great Unknown – the multiple-Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter’s first new solo album in more than six years – arrives everywhere on Friday, August 21st.
Produced by a remarkable roster of studio all-stars including longtime collaborator Matt Serletic, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé), Ricky Reed (Jessie J , Jason Derulo, Twenty One Pilots), and Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta (American Authors), The Great Unknown is available for pre-order beginning today on the iTunes Store http://smarturl.it/TheGreatUnknown . All pre-orders receive an instant grat download of the album’s acclaimed first single, “Trust You,” which has already shot into the Top 20 at Hot AC radio.
“Trust You” is accompanied by an electrifying companion video, directed by Phil Harder, known for his previous work with Thomas (“Lonely No More,” “Ever The Same”) and Matchbox Twenty (“Mad Season,” “Disease”) as well as his visionary commercials for iPod, Gap, and Target. The clip can be viewed now at https://youtu.be/H8kiUAgCT_k or watch it below:
Widely recognized as one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era, Rob Thomas is a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and accomplished songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists. Among his countless hits are solo classics like “Lonely No More,” “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” and “Streetcorner Symphony,” Matchbox Twenty favorites including “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent,” and of course “Smooth,” his 3x RIAA platinum certified worldwide hit collaboration with Santana. Thomas earned three Grammy® Awards for his role as co-writer and vocalist on “Smooth,” which topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” for an astounding 12 consecutive weeks and spent 58 total weeks on the chart, the #1 song in Billboard’s “Top Hot 100 Rock Songs” chart history and #2 “Hot 100” song of all time.
In 2004, Thomas was the first artist to be honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award,” created to recognize a composer in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards, and twice earned the “Songwriter of the Year” crown from both Billboard and BMI. Overall, Thomas has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records.
Thomas made his solo debut with 2005’s platinum certified …Something To Be and immediately made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to ever debut at # 1 on the Billboard 200. Thomas’ most recent solo album, 2009’s Cradlesong marked still another milestone, generating two #1 singles in “Her Diamonds” and “Someday.” Billboard chart history was made once again, with Thomas now tied with P!nk for the most #1 Adult Top 40 hits by a solo artist as well as the only male solo artist to score multiple chart-toppers at the format.
In 2012, Matchbox Twenty returned with their first all-new album in a decade, North. Fueled by the hit singles, “She’s So Mean,” “Overjoyed,” and “Our Song,” North proved a landmark for the band, their first ever #1 debut and Billboard 200 chart-topper.
A charismatic, engaging, and indefatigable live performer, Thomas has spent much of the past two decades on the road, fronting massive world treks with Matchbox Twenty and on his own as well as a series of intimate acoustic tours.
Thomas is also a dedicated philanthropist, establishing the Sidewalk Angels Foundation with his wife Marisol Thomas in 2003. Dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to grassroots groups across the country, the New York-based not-for-profit organization is the primary supporter and sponsor of a number of no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues. Additionally, the Sidewalk Angels Foundation also supports a myriad of other causes, from childhood health and wellness to the fight against homelessness, reflecting the passion of its co-founders to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice.
The Great Unknown Track List
- I Think We’d Feel Good Together
- Trust You
- Hold On Forever
- Wind It Up
- One Shot
- The Great Unknown
- Absence Of Affection
- Things You Said
- Paper Dolls
- Heaven Help Me
- Lie To Me
Photo Credits: Ben Watts | Thanks: Warner Music Philippines