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, not 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 roots began with The Beatles and James Brown. “I had cool sisters to whom I owe 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 his trials, tribulations and 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 Fair Oaks Music, it spawned the commercial success of the smash-hit single, “How You’re Living”.
Another dream now fulfilled, Geoff has joined forces with many of the top musicians in California’s Central Valley, forming the Geoff Thurman Band. Ultimately, Geoff aspires to reach a plateau in his career that allows him to continue writing and being innovative for many years to come. The Geoff Thurman Band is a seven piece band fashioned as a Jazz/R&B group molded with the unique expression of a Dave Matthews Band jam band motif. GTB has unique takes on artists such as Michael Jackson, Al Green, Peter Gabriel, Bill Withers & Stevie Wonder as well as original material. We’ve played various sized venues from Peeve’s Public House, Farmer’s Fury Winery in Lemoore, CA and ApCal Winery in Madera to Tachi Palace, Cibo’s in Monterey, the Fulton 55, and the Clovis Farmer’s Market … most recently at the Fresno Fair. Each venue has had wonderful revues from patrons and managers alike. We’ve just completed filming on a new project set for release in the Spring called “Fresh Takes”, a LIVE show filmed at Engelmann Cellars.