Singer John Thomas at the Martha’s Vineyard Teen Center

Singer/songwriter John Thomas will perform at the Teen Center this Saturday. — Photo courtesy of John Thomas Management

This Saturday, July 14, singer, original songwriter, and former Island resident John Thomas will hold a concert at The Base performing arts center in the YMCA’s Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center.

Mr. Thomas, who has recently performed with hip hop and R&B artists such as Boyz II Men, The Roots, and Lloyd, said of the genre of music he creates, “I consider myself to be pop/soul. Pop is a very broad genre and leaves me room for versatility, and soul is more of a texture and feeling than a musical style.”

Now 19, Mr. Thomas has been singing since age seven when he performed at a Vineyard church, and became inspired by artists such as Michael Jackson and The Temptations as he grew older. At age 17 he moved to New York to pursue his career in music.

“I’m trying to rejuvenate some of the most incredible music and sounds ever made that we have carelessly lost in our generation,” he said. “If I can even just bring back a tiny bit of what those ‘legends’ once gave us, I would be more than content.”

Saturday’s show begins at 8 pm and will benefit the Teen Center. Mr. Thomas said, “This show is so important to me, not just because it’s in my hometown but also because it’s for a great cause. Any sort of outlet for kids to express themselves and be active and productive is a great thing. I hope we sell it out!”

Tickets are $10 for teens, $15 for adults, and can be purchased at the YMCA box office. For information about the show, call Tony Lombardi at 508-696-7171, ext. 128. To learn more about Mr. Thomas’s music, visit