At 6 feet and 5 inches tall, Shawn Thomas stands out in virtually any crowd, but there are several things that make him unique among Christian recording artists. He writes and records his own songs, he tours at no charge, and his ministry includes an outreach to the LGBT+ community.
A GLBT Hall-of-Famer and four-time Pride in the Arts Awards recipient, Shawn Thomas is about to come out again with the release of his 2017 production of 12 Contemporary Christian style tracks. Thomas describes the album, “Christ in My Life,” as a return to the studio-pop and praise-worship style combination featured on his previous full studio release, “In Between the Shades of Gray” which received three nominations from the RightOutTV Video and Music Awards:
“I’m a child of the 70’s and 80’s and have always loved ‘pop’ style music. It wasn’t until later in my 20s and early 30s that I became more familiar with Contemporary Christian Music because the only kind of church music I knew was hymns. That opened up a whole new universe for me in songwriting and recording – being able to combine the style of music I enjoy with my faith.”
The release of “Christ in My Life” marks Thomas’ fourteenth year as a nationally touring artist as an openly gay Christian singer/songwriter, and also his thirteenth solo CD/album since 2003. However, there’s a big difference, he says, in what inspired this project than previous works. “I’ve been blessed to serve as the Worship Ministry Coordinator for Church of the Holy SpiritSong here in Wilton Manors for the past year and a half. That experience has given me a home-base, and really a foundation for when I travel to other churches and events. Worshiping with a church family definitely affected the creative process in writing and recording these songs.”
Which is probably why he plans to debut his new music ahead of its official release at Church of the Holy SpiritSong on Sunday, July 30th during their 10:00am service. The church is located on the Pride Center at Equality Park Campus at 2038 North Dixie Highway, Suite 102 in Wilton Manors. The album, “Christ in My Life” is schedule for release on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets, as well as in hard copy CD format on August 1, 2017. For more information visit www.shawnthomasonline.com.