Geoff Thurman has just shy of forty years logged in the business of Country and Contemporary Christian music. It would be easy to rest on the laurels of past successes. Yet, now he chooses to return to his original passions rooted in acoustic laced rhythm & blues. The truth is clear about Geoff Thurman. Like other artists of his nature and background, he is a difficult man to decipher, even though he wears his heart on his sleeve.
Geoff began writing songs in the mid-70s during his senior year in high school, although he was heard him banging at the piano or guitar many years before that. He began singing at the ripe old age of six. Even then, there was a certain flare about his performance style. He listened and watched. “I was drawn to certain people because of how they communicated AND what they communicated”. While most of his contemporaries drew from wells filled with the likes of André Crouch, Bill Gaither and Chris Christian, Geoff’s musical soil rooted in The Beatles and James Brown. “I had cool sisters to whom I owe many of my musical influences”.
Reigning from his stomping grounds of Cincinnati, Ohio, Geoff juxtaposes layers of acoustic, Latin and Urban genres in creating his signature, soulful – spiritual sound. Stemming from an era when the arts were a platform for revolution, he frames his music with a raw, illustration of the trials, the tribulations, the triumphs as a man and musician. Influenced by industry legends like Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix and The Staple Singers, Geoff began to contribute his wide range of artistic genius to the music industry.
In 1983, Geoff had his first song, “Jehovah”, recorded by songstress, Amy Grant. The single climbed to the top of the Contemporary Christian Music Charts, solidifying Geoff as a promising, young talent. This experience provided Geoff with an opportunity to record a plethora of other songs, alongside an array of Contemporary Christian Music stars. From Point Of Grace, Cindy Morgan and Michael English to Glen Campbell and Ricky Skaggs, Geoff received accolades and industry recognition for his song contributions to the Christian circuit. In 1998, Geoff co-produced and released his debut, solo LP, “The Unseen Child”. Distributed by Indie label Fair Oaks Music, it spawned the commercial success of the smash-hit single, “How You’re Living”.
Garnering respect as one of the most prolific players of his generation; Geoff performed before the presence of live audiences, overseas and across the nation since 1976, including the Glen Campbell Good Time Theater in Branson, MO, Frank’s Place at the Warnor Center for the Performing Arts in Fresno, CA, coveted writer rounds at The Bluebird Café and the opportunity to accompany Ricky Skaggs at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
Another dream now fulfilled, Geoff joined forces with some of the top musicians in California’s Central Valley, forming a 7 piece jazz/pop jam band known as the Geoff Thurman Band, which culminated its 4-year run with filming a live concert called “Fresh Takes LIVE at Engelmann Cellars”.
Geoff now adds his distinctively creative bent to film scores for film and television, including bed music created for various projects seen on Disney and HBO. Geoff also partners with industry power houses to form JAG Entertainment as a mentor and producer for bright young talents such as Kinzie Rose, Hip Hop beat master, producer and rapper Big Drew Entertainment and Tower Of Power lead singer and R&B icon, Lenny Williams. Ultimately, Geoff aspires to push far beyond the norms in his career, facing new challenges that allow him to continue writing and being innovative for many years to come.