A.J. w/ SoloSam

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Heininger Auditorium | 309 E. School St., Naperville, IL

7:00 PM Doors, 7:30 PM Show

$15 Door & Internet, $13 Phone (630-637-SHOW), Free w/ NCC ID

Alexander J. (A.J.) Thomas was born in Rockford, Illinois where he spent his childhood before moving to his hometown Winnebago, Illinois. A.J. was a multi-sport athlete since he was 8 years old all the while playing the trumpet and falling in love with pop music! After being a part of many different middle school and High school symphonic bands and brass ensembles, he moved on to Naperville, Illinois to play college football and participate in track and field for North Central College. This two sport athlete earned all conference honors in both sports while getting a degree in Psychology before moving on to graduate school at Robert Morris University. As a graduate assistant football coach, he began to realize his aspirations had little to do with athletics and more to do with the people involved and giving back to the community in any way he could. While in college, he discovered an artist non other than J. Cole and it changed his life forever. ‘Friday Night Lights’ by Cole spoke A.J.’s truth along with the newly released ‘2014 Forrest Hills Drive’ album. A new found faith in God and music along with past and present moral battles pushed the Graduate Student to Nashville, TN to live on the couch with his best friend, brother, and mentor after graduating with his MBA in 2016. Within the year, A.J. wrote, produced, mixed, and mastered his first album “Lost In Thought” released 9/22/17. In 2018 his breakout single ‘Famous’ topped 87k+ streams and is poised for a massive 2019 with the release of his new EP “Loyalty Over Royalty”.