Thomas Cain has a wealth of experience as a songwriter, musician, performer, producer and publisher. A native of Athens, Alabama, he began playing piano and trumpet at an early age. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University.
Thomas has written songs that have been recorded by top artists such as Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Diamond Rio, Trace Atkins, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and Albertina Walker, among others. He has written and/or performed commercial jingles for many national product campaigns, including Rubbermaid, the Veterans Administration, McDonald’s, Oscar Mayer and Golden Flake Potato Chips. In 2005, he sang a commercial jingle used for the national television advertising campaign of the Ford Motor Company’s F150 truck. The jingle first aired on the 2005 Rose Bowl Game and ran consecutively for 13 ½ weeks. His original compositions have been used as television background features on The Weather Channel.
Thomas wrote the theme and composed the musical score for the CMT/MTV Networks documentary, “Waiting In The Wings: African Americans in Country Music.” The film’s program producers, Karla Winfrey and Henri Giles were presented the prestigious Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists on October 15, 2005 in Washington, D.C. “Waiting In The Wings” also received top honors for a Television Documentary (Network and Top 15 Markets).
Thomas formed Sweet Baby Music, now known as Candy Cane Music, to handle his publishing catalogue. The catalogue contains #1 country songs, blues recordings, jazz, R&B and gospel music.
As a performer, Thomas has shared the bill in concerts with George Benson, Bill Withers, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, the late, great Ray Charles, and others. He also appeared with Johnny Mathis on the national PBS television special, “Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful.”
As an actor, Thomas portrayed the part of the Angel in the Diamond Rio’s (Arista Records) video “I Believe.” He performed for the NEA Jazz Master Series at Lincoln Center in New York.
In 2009, Thomas was honored in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 105 Voices of History Celebration.
About Thomas Cain