Thomas Cain brings a wealth of industry experience as a songwriter, musician, performer, producer and publisher to his position as Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI Nashville. He works with songwriters and publishers in the administration of their musical works, and he helps to grow market share for one of the world’s leading performing rights organizations. 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.”
Thomas leads The Thomas Cain Band, a group consisting of woodwind instruments, harmonica, drums, electric and acoustic bass. Thomas is featured on piano, organ and vocals. His first CD release is entitled, “The Art of Healing,” and contains an assortment of original jazz compositions. His upcoming project will feature live and studio recorded music, with a mixture of original pieces, his special arrangements of standard tunes, and covers of popular songs.
Thomas describes his music as a soulful blend of R&B, jazz, gospel and country. Ultimately, Thomas says his utmost ambition is to write and compose great songs, build a great publishing catalogue and when he performs with his band…“rock the house and make his audiences feel thrilled they came to his show.”
Contact Mr. Cain
Office PAC 286, (615) 963-5063