He was inspired to take part in music after seeing a Beatles performance in 1964. He traveled to Atlanta with long time childhood friends Charles Connell, Lewis Oliver, Tommy Verran and Walter Wight. Mickey, Charles and Tommy wound up in their first rock and roll band together. Ironically, Tommy was the lead singer at the time. They split up to go to different colleges, but later reformed in the early ’70’s along with friend Bud Thomas as “The Jets”. While singing lead for The Jets, in 1974, Thomas joined the Elvin Bishop Group as a harmony singer, and eventually made it to lead vocals. His best-known achievement was the hit Fooled Around And Fell In Love, a #3 single in 1977.
In early 1979 Mickey Thomas was requested to join Jefferson Starship after the departure of Marty Balin and Grace Slick. His first single with the group, Jane made it to #14.
He spent most of the early eighties as the main vocalist of Jefferson Starship, performing several duets with Slick (who rejoined in 1981) and gaining greater influence in the band. After Paul Kantner left in 1984, Thomas was sole leader of the band. From 1985-1989 the newly dubbed “Starship” scored some of its biggest hits. When Grace Slick left in 1988, Thomas sang all lead vocals – in a band that was formed when he was just 15 years old.
Mickey is still singing the hits of Starship, Elvin Bishop and his own solo styles and is now available for your next event.