#1 Billboard-Charting Saxophonist and Vocalist Michael J Thomas in the East Bar 6:30p-9p (Wednesday thru Saturday upon availability)
Saxophonist and vocalist Michael J Thomas has been entertaining patrons of Ruth’s Chris Destin since the opening in May 2006. He performs a wide spectrum of music from artists Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Dave Koz, Kenny G, and his #1 hit recordings that have aired nationally on radio. The chart success he’s enjoyed with his earlier original songs, including his breakthrough single “Baby Coffee” (his first #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart) and “Sippin’ The Yak,” which hit #2 on the charts, remained in the Top 5 for nine weeks and rounded out 2020 on Billboard’s Year-End Smooth Jazz Songs chart at #5. “Baby Coffee” currently has over 2.5 million streams on Apple Music, while “Sippin’ the Yak” is up to over 1.3 million. Another one of his enduring hits was “I’ll Never Love Again,” an explosive re-imagining of the Lady Gaga hit from “A Star is Born,” which became Michael’s second #1 smash, dominating the airwaves throughout 2019.
In addition to receiving terrestrial radio airplay across the globe, Thomas’ music has been featured on Sirius XM’s Watercolors and in the Warner Bros. film “Contagion” starring Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne. He is currently a Grammy voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.