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The Official Circle City Band / Bio

Paul“P”Thomas is a man with over 40 years of professional experience in the entertainment business.
In the seventies, he began his career, performing professionally with R&B,Jazz and Gospel acts playing multiple instruments and vocals,
eventually this led to a tour with LTD, the legendary late 70’s R&B band.
At the end of the tour, Paul returned to Indianapolis, where gospel label Tyscot Records, had started a secular division, Circle City Records. Between 1983 and 1985 Circle City released four of Paul’s songs as singles. The first song “Magic” by the Circle City Band, received excellent reviews in Billboard, made the Top 10 list in several states and was used as the theme song for the BET cable channel.
Paul also founded Sizzlin Hot Music Publishing BMI, to publish his own material.
In 1987 he accepted a manager/engineering position with Felstar Productions under good friend Felton Pilate (the producer/songwriter and co-lead singer of the R&B group ConFunkShun.)
He ran the studio, worked with Bay Area recording artists and engineered MC Hammer’s first projects on Capitol Records including Hammer’s first album “Let’s Get it Started”
In 1996 Paul founded United Music Entertainment Group Inc. (UMEG Inc.) focusing on hip hop and R&B production and mastering albums and music videos also web design and graphic arts to compliment production.
Today he is working with film-maker Michael Caporale to develop screenplays and
Paul is also developing an art and music history media project for educational purposes and to make contributions to more music and art programs in schools. (The Indiana Arts and Entertainment Hall of Fame)
Paul goals include building a Christian music ministry with the specific purpose of spreading the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
The Circle City Band, also from Indianapolis (the “Circle City”),though “band” is something of a misnomer. Indianapolis musician/songwriter/producer Paul “P” Thomas, previously affiliated with the groups Rapture and LTD (post Jeffery Osborne), wrote and performed all of the songs using synthesizers and drum machines, then brought in outside musicians to overdub selected tracks.

Though Thomas recorded an entire album in the early 1980s for Circle City Records (an off-shoot of the gospel label Tyscot), only three 12” singles were actually released. When Thomas noticed the recent interest in the Circle City Band by deejays and fans on YouTube, he dug out the masters and hooked up with the folks at Ubiquity, who enthusiastically agreed to release his “debut” album, which combines the three singles with six previously unreleased tracks.

In 1983, the independent gospel label Tyscot Records, started a secular R&B record division called Circle City Records. Between 1983 and 1984 Circle City Records released four of Paul Thomas songs as 12 inch singles. The first song “Magic” by the Circle City Band, received excellent reviews in Billboard, Cash Box and Record World music trade magazines and from national DJ record pools. It made the Top 10 list in several states and was used as the theme song for the station ID on the BET cable channel. This led to a distribution deal from Becket Records, a subsidiary label of Buddha Records which took the Circle City Band songs to fans overseas. “Magic” by the Circle City Band, a well-known single in the 80s, loved by roller skaters and fans of BET alike has maintained a timeless popularity due to today's internet phenomenon.

Almost thirty years later, Luv N’Haight presents the complete full-length album of the Circle City Band including unreleased tracks.

The live performing principle band members feature vocals by founder and original member Paul "P" Thomas (also on keys and rhythm guitar), Tara Michelle Milligan lead and background vocals, Bradley Lott background vocals and percussion, and introducing young Bryan Thompson on vocals, keys and saxophone!

Recently, Paul has also co-written the featured song on the motion picture film "The Black Dove" starring John Savage titled "The Weakest One" and Circle City Band also has a song (Cole's Maserati) on the soundtrack as well.

General Info

Band Members
Paul "P" Thomas, Brad "White Chocolate" Lott, Tara Michelle Milligan, Bryan Thompson
Artist Name
The Official Circle City Band
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/theofficialcirclecityband
Active Since
09/83
Genres
R&B/Soul / Funk / Hip Hop

Contact Info

Location
Indianapolis, IN
Manager
UMEG Management Co.

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