B.Thomas Biography - The Story Behind His Musical Career
B.Thomas was born 24th of October 1971 in the city Narvik that lays in the Nordland county in North part of Norway. His influences is artists like Garth Brooks, George Strait, Clint Black, and some others in the countrymusic industry.
After the military duty he continued to try out several music styles before he decided that it was country music that were the right thing for him to do. He had always enjoyed singing, so he decided that to become a singer was his main aim for the future. But he realised that he could not count on have music for a living so he started to get a further education.Many in his family on his fathers side had been sailors, and to the fact that BT almost had grown up at sea and had been in boats since he was a little boy, it became naturaly that he had to educate himself as a sailor. In 1997 he ended up with a education as marine engineer and machine officer. On the side of this he continued with the music.
A little back in time:
This developed into more than just a hobby in 1999 when he created a duo together with another singer, Kate Lee. They did some performances with a show that was called "Brooks & Tucker". They did cover songs from Garth Brooks and Tanya Tucker, and B.Thomas was living out his musical skills as an Garth Brooks wannabe.
Late in 2001 he went ashore from regular work at sea and he moved to Steinkjer in central Norway, together with another female country singer, that also became his girlfriend at that time, he started the duo "Western Boots". They traveled around and played cover songs from many well known american country music stars. During this period on a countryfestival in Sweden they shared the stage with the queen of rockabilly Wanda Jackson, and they got to know other known artists.
In December 2003 they broke up and Bjornar saddled up and took the ride back to his hometown. He took the "Western Boots" concept with in the suitcase up to the north since his former girlfriend wanted to be alone and continue for herself. Together with 2 other musicians, his former bandmate Kate Lee and Tony Solum, he continued with the group "Western Boots". At this point he took the artist name "B.Thomas" as a artist name in the group. They did many performances around, and all three of them shared in doing lead vocals.
After a while, B.Thomas found out that becoming a solo artist was the only thing he had missed during his musical career. In late November 2005, he decided to leave the group and to move on as solo artist, without being committed to anyone else, the group "Western Boots" broke up. He has been an solo Artist since then, and released several albums and singles, and some music videos. He has also got songs released on some compilation albums. B. Thomas began to be more known and got to play and share scenes with many other well known musicians.
He went to Nashville Tennessee in USA in august 2007 and recorded an album with studio musicans that have played on records for artists like Dolly Parton, George Jones and other well known singers. The producer and also the mastering engineer behind his album are people that have worked with music for Garth Brooks.
In September 2007 he formed his own live band "Redneck Cowboys", together with some musicians in and around his hometown Narvik. Together they was known as "B.Thomas & Redneck Cowboys".