Los Angeles-based Scott Thomas is a multi platinum singer, songwriter, producer, and composer who signed his first publishing deal at the age of eighteen in 1988.
Before ending an infamously long co-publishing deal with Peer Music, Thomas scored a Top 20 hit with The Scott Thomas Band. The song “Black Valentine,” from Thomas’s critically acclaimed Elektra Records debut, ‘California,’ remains a classic.
With the experience gleaned from years of writing, recording, and performing on small stages and in radio stations and festivals, Scott created Ringside, a duo with his childhood friend and beat maker Balthazar Getty, where they signed with Geffen Records. The self-titled and self-produced first release included smash hits “Tired Of Being Sorry,” “Struggle,” and “Criminal,” all penned by Thomas.
Ringside’s eponymous first album was well received by fans, critics, and stars alike. No less than Ellen DeGeneres and Henry Rollins declared Ringside their favorite band. And even though the album made Napster’s “Most Downloaded Record” list, the publishing advance fully recouped and the album was a commercial success. Scott’s Ringside version of “Tired Of Being Sorry” went to #3 on Triple A. Enrique Iglesias, with whom Scott was writing at the time, requested to cover the track.
The song went on to live many lives and sell millions of records, charting #1 internationally for Enrique and later becoming one of the most popular duets in pop music history with Sony France singer, Nadiya, now called “Laisse le destin l’emporter.” As of August 2014, it is the 57th best-selling single of the 21st century in France. Thomas produced all three versions of “Tired Of Being Sorry” as well as a follow-up duet he wrote called “Miss You,” which debuted beside “Tired Of Being Sorry” on Iglesias’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album. Thomas also wrote and produced for Nadiya’s highly anticipated follow up album, ‘Electron Libre.’
“Tired Of Being Sorry” has been a stadium crowd pleaser for many international artists, having been translated into Spanish, French, Russian and even Chinese.
Thomas produced and self-published the second Ringside album, ‘Lost Days,’ including the track “Money,” chosen by Steven Soderbergh as the unofficial anthem for his sleeper hit movie, ‘Magic Mike,’ one of the decade’s top grossing feature films. The title track “Lost Days” features longtime friend and collaborator, Ben Harper. Overseas, fan favorites “Stay” and “Struggle” have proven to be anthemic singalongs in large stadium shows.
Internationally recognized as a crossover genre multi-instrumentalist, Scott began his eastern European career as an opening act for Russia’s answer to U2, Mumiy Troll, eventually becoming an arena headliner affectionately named The American. Scott is the only American ever to be invited to collaborate with the legendary living Russian conductor/composer, Yuri Bashmet, performing annually at the Tchaikovsky Philharmonic with the Russian Symphony Orchestra, and remains the sole outsider to have performed with the famed Cossack Choir.
Scott has finished several new records recently. One of the albums, ‘GMST’ has already netted four syncs in ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’.
GMST was born in collaboration with Toronto-based DJ Glenn Morrison. GMST’s music, a disarmingly powerful combination of electronic dance beats and Thomas’s legendary lyricism and instrumental prowess, sounds both current and timeless, exuberant dance music with a soul.
Thomas recently reunited with Inglesias to co-write Inglesias’s new album.