When you think of people who have contributed so much to the R&B genre of music, one name that will come to mind is Joe Lewis Thomas.  

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Joseph Lewis Thomas, popularly known as Joe, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer. In 2001, he won the best R&B male artist at the BET Awards, and the Grammy Awards for best R&B album in 2001 for “My Name is Joe” and in 2003 for “Better Days.”

Born on July 5, 1973, in Columbus, Georgia, Joe was one of five; both his parents were evangelical ministers.

This successful artiste is a household name to R&B lovers and has sold millions of copies.

Listen to “I Wanna Know” by Joe

He believes that women should be well treated.

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“I feel like if you have a queen, treat her like a queen. I feel she deserves nothing less than that. If you make a promise for forever, keep it and hold up to it.” — Joe

As we studied his biography here are simple steps that defined his success:

1. He had a Solid Foundation

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His family moved to Alabama when he was young. Joe grew up as an active member of the church choir, he sang and played the guitar for the choir.

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Joe later eventually became the choir. In the late 1980s, he played in local bands. He graduated from Opelika High School in Opelika, Alabama, in 1990.

2. Joe was Prepared for Opportunities

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To make sure he paid the bills while chasing his dreams, Joe worked in a gospel music store in New Jersey while singing in a church.

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It was during this time Joe met producer Vincent Herbert and recorded a three-track demo. Joe released his debut album, “Everything,” in 1993. It spawned several hit singles, including the No. 10 R&B hit “I’m in Luv.”


The opportunity

“I feel like if you have a queen, treat her like a queen. I feel she deserves nothing less than that. If you make a promise for forever, keep it and hold up to it.” — Joe

3. He Never Stopped being Hungry for Success

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Now, he was in the limelight, Joe knew he needed to get to the next level.  Joe released his fourth album, “My Name is Joe,” in 2000. The album became his most successful album, reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It eventually sold over three million copies.

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In 2001, his “Better Days” album was released, reaching No. 4 on the R&B charts.

His “And Then …” album came out in late 2003; it reached No. 26 on the U.S. album charts and No. 4 on the R&B charts.

Producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, The Underdogs, Cool & Dre, Tim & Bob and Bryan Michael Cox worked with Joe on his sixth album, “Ain’t Nothing Like Me,” which was released in April 2007.

4. He Handled his Crisis

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The R&B Crooner had a serious crisis when the media carried the news about RKelly sabotaging his efforts at Jive Records. After Joe confirmed this rumours, he immediately moved to another record label – Kedar Massenburg’s Kedar Entertainment where he released other records.

“Joe Thomas, New Man” was released in September 2008, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Next came “Signature” an album of ballads released in July 2009, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

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In 2014, Joe signed a new deal with BMG Rights Management. He released his 11th album “Bridges.” The album debuted at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart.


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