MICHAEL LEE THOMAS
"Music from the Edge of Passion"
Welcome to the Official
Home page. Here you will find all the latest production and CD release info,
along with other updates regarding this Heralded Technical / Power Drummer turned exceptional New Age / Ambient / Jazz artist. A complete and extensive guide to the
Romantic" musical adventure. Detailed artist history info and his complete
discography are available on the Michael Lee Thomas biography
Circumstances resulting from a disastrous hard rock
project in Texas and distribution contract problems put a
length of time between these initial album releases and the next product debut. Beginning in November
1992, he encased himself in his private studio and began honing his chops and
craft, prolifically composing, recording and developing himself extensively in the transition from
professional Drummer into professional Keyboard artist. Michael Lee's enthusiasm and confidence have always stayed strong. He has
weathered change and misfortune with the same patience and dedication he has had
from the start. Standing his ground and staying the course, Michael has
prevailed to continue the pursuit of a dream. But above all and most important, sharing with the
world his music, born heaven high and soul deep.
Released in May
1999, the first CD since 1990,
'Project 7: Area 51'
is a special concept CD. The initial tracks
were composed and
recorded in September & October 1994. The production was updated and re-mixed in March
1997 and features a New Age / Jazz Fusion feel. The concept project is a collaborative
effort uniting the talents of Michael Lee and Quathron-Zitheen, a visiting Antarian
musician from Tau Ceti 4. The artwork and liner notes contain unique, revealing photographs and text
concerning the Top Secret Air Force facility located at Groom Lake, Nevada, Quathron's
Earth home. The off-planet instruments and musical influences in mixture with Michael Lee's fluid jazz
textures, provides an adventurous & relaxing one-of-a-kind musical
In Fall 2002, Michael Lee and Darksilver Records America embarked on the most adventurous release to date. A Four Disc, Four Volume theme CD set, released over a ten month period with a New CD issued every three months. This Limited Edition CD series features new and un-released "Thermal Romantic" material recorded in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Beginning in September 2002, 'Witches And Old Maids-East', made its debut. In December 2002, 'Witches And Old Maids-West', was released, with 'Witches & Old Maids-North', in March 2003, and 'Witches & Old Maids-South', the last in the set released in June 2003. The last 2 'Witches' CDs feature 6 newly recorded songs and 6 un-released songs from the MLT Digital Master vault, containing songs recorded between 1997 -2000. In all, the Four Volume CD series features 50 unreleased songs and unique themed artwork for each disc.
In January 2006, 'Symptoms Of Reasons', the thirteenth Michael Lee Thomas CD featuring a fresh menu of "Thermal Romantic" music was released on-line on the MICHAEL LEE THOMAS - Soundclick.com website, with 'Evidence Of Memories', the Fourteenth Michael Lee Thomas CD released on-line May 22, 2007. The Fifteenth Michael Lee Thomas CD, 'Project 7: Infinite Tomorrow', the Third and final Project 7 disc to complete the CD trilogy, was released on-line May 27, 2008, and 'Home Away From Time', the sixteenth Michael Lee Thomas CD, released December 1, 2009, with the Seventeenth CD, 'Resting Vertical' , released December 28,2010. In 2013, Darksilver will release a Two Disc, 32 song, Two Volume "Best Of' collection. Entitled, 'Thermal Romantic Blend' Volumes 1 & 2, Disc 1/Volume 1, will debut in May 2013, featuring Sixteen Prime Michael Lee Thomas cuts previously released between 1999 - 2010. Disc 2/Volume 2, will be released in November 2013, also featuring same time period of select and choice MLT recorded compositions chosen for the this collection. An all new material and Eighteenth CD, 'Sometime Next Future', is scheduled for Spring 2014.
In Summer 2000, Darksilver Records America and Michael Lee Thomas launched THRILL ELEMENT, his First major side project featuring a an ethereal, New Age / Ambient / Soundscape style. While a side effort, Michael is pursuing Thrill Element with full force and vigor. The project has been received with fantastic critical and public response. The debut CD 'Navadeen Protocol', was released in early 2000, followed by 'Surreal Dream' in 2001, 'Chasing Light', in 2002 and 'Time Climate' in 2003. The Fifth Thrill Element CD 'Living Shadows', was released on-line in January 2006, and 'Thoughts Through Water', the Sixth Thrill Element CD, released on-line May 29, 2007. 'Contrast In Darkness', the Seventh CD was released November 18, 2008, and The Eighth CD 'Fountain Of Skies', released December 8, 2009, with the Ninth CD, 'Echo Breathing' , released December 21, 2010. A Special, 2 Disc/2 Volume "Best Of"THRILL ELEMENT collection titled 'Time Of SoundDreams' Volumes 1 & 2. The discs will contain 28 previously released cuts that came out between 1999 - 2010. 'Oceans On Mars', the Tenth CD is slated for late Spring 2013. All the on-line releases are available on the THRILL ELEMENT Soundclick.com music site. Now with Eight CDs released and more to come, the project has established itself as a confident and and viable musical endeavor!
In September 2006, Darksilver Records America and Michael Lee Thomas introduced GRAVITY QUIET , a second, Special Limited Edition side project. This project will be focused and marketed solely in the Soundscape / Ambient Jazz arena. Gravity Quiet features deep conceptual and complex arrangements. Michael refers to this new style as "Thought Breathing Music", Hauntingly Complex, Ambient Sounddreams. Music that is expansive, adventurous and evolving. The Project will conclude after Four Production discs. 'Climbing Through A Fall', the debut CD was released on-line September 12, 2006, on the GRAVITY QUIET Soundclick.com website. The CD is currently available for purchase on-line, as well as selected individual mp3 cuts. A second CD, 'Under The Tree Of Secrets', was released on-line June 12, 2007, and The Third Gravity Quiet CD 'Storms In Low Orbit ', was released on-line March 17, 2009. The Fourth and Last CD, 'Visions and Other Times', is scheduled for sometime in 2014.
In Summer 2007, Darksilver Records America and Michael Lee Thomas launched the Special Limited Edition TOM SLAYTON EFFECT, a third major side project featuring a unique Electro-Acoustic / New Age Blues instrumental style. This project will conclude after Three production discs. The debut CD 'Slide Show Dreams', was released on-line August 14, 2007, on the TOM SLAYTON EFFECT Soundclick.com site. This project will showcase Soundscape Keyboard textures with a menu of Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Harp and Dobro. The Second CD, 'Water Crossing No. 3' , was released on-line December 15, 2009, with the Third and Last CD, 'Last Warm Morning', scheduled to debut sometime in 2014.
Michael Lee Thomas CD's and music downloads are available worldwide on the internet from sites such as CD Baby and itunes. A search on Google or other search engines can provide you with the many websites featuring dowloadable cuts and/or CDs available for purchase. The primary internet music site for MICHAEL LEE THOMAS , THRILL ELEMENT, GRAVITY QUIET and TOM SLAYTON EFFECT music is Soundclick.com, featuring custom designed artist pages, Message Boards, Artist Info and downloadable mp3s, including 192K and 320K cuts. Numerous cuts from Michael Lee Thomas, Thrill Element, Gravity Quiet and Tom Slayton Effect are currently on and have placed high in the Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Smooth Jazz, New Age and Ambient charts respectively. In Fall 2003, "Two Moon Sunset" (from 'Outlaws In Babylon') reached #1 on the Jazz Fusion charts for the fifth time while remaining in the Top Fifty of the Soundclick.com - Jazz Charts for 48 Months!
Since Michael's musical career originally began on the drums at age six, he has always kept that part of his musical heritage alive. Although circumstances and opportunities re-directed his focus to Keyboards and MIDI production, Michael has always featured his percussive influence in all his recorded efforts. While pursuing the serious Keyboard production aspect of his career, Michael Lee has always made himself available for Live performance and In-Studio session work as well. His primary Kit is a very rare, completely restored, Ludwig-Clear Vistalite Octa-Plus (Circa 1974) drum set, affectionately called "The Clear Chrome Forest". The massive acrylic outfit is his choice weapon for any select recording activities. Another Ludwig-Clear Vistalite kit, the "Vintage Studio Custom", expertly restored in 2004, by Kenny Verducci, is also available for performance and in-studio work. Keeping the door open for his Drum & Percussive abilities is a serious endeavor. Besides his Keyboard production, Michael Lee is the Drummer for Texas Blues/Rock artist 'Gary Ray Grice' and the Progressive Hard Rock Group 'Just Past Tomorrow'. As Michael Lee has said "I am at my best as a drummer!"
As you see, the dream is always on the horizon and Michael Lee heads forward into an exciting and hope filled future. Thanks to the many fans and loyal followers, Never Surrender! To continue to fight for a dream is the ultimate success! The Faith and stead-fast support of so many special people is sincerely and greatly appreciated and remembered.
- The Blackstone Project -
* RealDream Productions*
"DREAMS NEVER RUN ON TIME, BUT ALWAYS ON SCHEDULE" - MLT 1989
"Loyalty is an Individual Decision of Courage, Betrayal is the Anthem of Cowards." -MLT 1995
* Luther Lee ' Tommy ' Thomas (1928 - 2010) *
Headshot by Dustin Downing