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US Virgin Islands Celebrates Hometown Hero Theron Thomas and Historic Grammy Win

Thomas makes history as the first Black person to win Songwriter of the Year Award The thunderous applause Theron Thomas continues to receive from his hometown is a testament to his story and proof of his

Thomas makes history as the first Black person to win Songwriter of the Year Award

The thunderous applause Theron Thomas continues to receive from his hometown is a testament to his story and proof of his commitment to excellence in his industry. The St. Thomas native celebrated his Grammy win after capping off a phenomenal 2023 that included collaborations with some of the biggest names in music.

Songs penned in 2023 by the producer include “Cheat Back” for Chloe and Future, “How We Roll” for Ciara and Chris Brown, and “All My Life” for Lil Durk and J. Cole.  Anyone that saw the feat as an overnight success has not been paying attention to his exceptional career.

 

 

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A Rags to Riches Story

Born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, Theron always had a passion for music, forming the Short Circuit at just 9 years old. In his early 20s, he entered the music scene with the group R.City, a duo that included his brother Timothy. Their songwriting and production skills gained them instant recognition and before long, the two were crafting hits for some of the world’s biggest pop stars.

Their first major feat was writing for hip-hop sensation Akon, with “The Rain” showcasing Theron’s songwriting skills. Written when he was only in the 7th grade, the song was inspired by Hurricane Marilyn, which struck the region at that time. The song became a hit by resonating with fans and proving that Thomas’ skills were a force to be respected within the industry.

In the years that followed, Theron has expanded his impressive resume to include collaborations with Beyoncé, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Victoria Monet, and many more.

Along with his brother, he has left his imprint on numerous Grammy-nominated albums, including Rihanna’s “Unapologetic”, Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled album, and Ariana Grande’s “My Everything’’. Today, pop stars that want a hit record know that they can call on Thomas to infuse his signature sound into their next hit release.

 

Thomas Recognized for Achievements by Community and Industry

Before clinching the coveted Gammy, the USVI Commissioner of the Department of Tourism, Joseph Boschulte, hosted an event in Los Angeles honoring Thomas’ Grammy nomination. On the night of the event, Theron Thomas beat out top producers in the industry, including Edgar Barrera, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shane McAnally, and Justin Tranter.

At the podium, Thomas showed off his fashion flair in an all-black customized suit from Prada with shades and plenty of bling, matching his wife’s vibe who chose a floor-length black gown paired with Versace shoes. As she applauded from the stands, Thomas took a moment to dedicate the win to his father whom he lost a few years ago to cancer. On the podium, Thomas stated:

“I’m from St. Thomas, 32 square miles, I moved here with 35 bucks. I left as a kid, graduated out of high school and said, ‘I’m going to make it in music.’ To get this far is such a blessing. I know some people like to say I’m so grateful and thankful and no matter what happens, no I want to win. I’m not gonna lie, like, I want a trophy, I want to take it home. It’s very clear for me my dad is the reason why I’m in music. I lost my dad about four years ago and my dad told me I was gonna win a Grammy and win trophies.”

Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. also sang Theron’s praises as a songwriter and producer, praising Thomas for his latest accomplishments:

“On behalf of the entire US Virgin Islands I want to congratulate Theron Thomas on today’s historic Grammy win. I stand with the entire territory in expressing immense joy as a native son takes center stage on the music industry’s biggest stage.”

Thomas’ Career Continues to Surge

Last year, Thomas was nominated for his work on Lizzo’s 2023 Record of the Year “About Damn Time”, so winning the award for Songwriter of the Year (non-classical) cemented his status as an industry heavyweight and a respected ambassador for the Virgin Islands. Furthermore, Thomas’ made history as the only Black person ever nominated in the category, further highlighting the need for more diversity in the music industry.

Recognizing the Importance of Local Contributions

Thomas continues to uplift local artists from the Caribbean and has lauded the talents of many from the region, including Adam O, Pumpa, Pressure Buss Pipe, Monea, and others. As an ambassador to local artists, he has words of wisdom for those looking to get into the industry:

 “I want to set an example of truth and realistic goals. Make as many mistakes as you can, learn from them and get better from them. Above all else, do everything you do with love.”

As Thomas continues to make strides in music, we will continue to follow his illustrious career!

Triston Brewer

Triston Brewer is an international journalist and digital bon vivant with more than 20 years working in the fashion industry across four continents as a model booker, talent agent, and stylist. He has been published in The Huffington Post and featured in The New York Times, Vogue Italia, and Washington Post. Triston is currently working on his next novel.

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Triston Brewer is an international journalist and digital bon vivant with more than 20 years working in the fashion industry across four continents as a model booker, talent agent, and stylist. He has been published in The Huffington Post and featured in The New York Times, Vogue Italia, and Washington Post. Triston is currently working on his next novel.

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