Ask him how he feels about his many songs artists have recorded from the early 80s through the present age. He responds, "How long have I been at this? I'm old". Geoff logged over thirty plus years in the business of Country and Contemporary Christian music. Yet he now 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 Thurman began writing songs in the mid 70s during his senior year in high school, though his parents endured his 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 Thurman 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".
To promote his music to the masses, Geoff Thurman has performed before the presence of live audiences, overseas and across the nation since 1976. Before leaving the safety of the Nashville music scene, Geoff took a spot on the stage at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN. Garnering respect as one of the most prolific performers of his generation; Geoff has accompanied Ricky Skaggs at The Ryman Auditorium as well and played alongside Glen Campbell in auditoriums set against the mountain scenary of Branson, MO. The critical and commercial success of Geoff Thurman's career has led him in the direction of creating music beds for daytime television, in association with his music contributions to HBO and DISNEY programming. Ultimately, Geoff aspires to reach a plateau in his career that allows him to continue writing and being innovative for many years to come.