Full Name: Robert Kelly Thomas
Position: Mentor on Team Cee Lo
Date of birth: February 14, 1972
Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
Wife: Marisol Maldonado in Oct. 1999
Children: Maison on July 10, 1998
Bet you didn’t know… Rob Thomas was born in Landstuhl, West Germany on Ramstein Air Base to parents serving in the U.S. Army, who moved the family around the world.
Known for being the face of rock group Matchbox Twenty for over, fittingly, 20 years, Rob Thomas has managed to make a name for himself outside of the group’s enormous success.
Matchbox Twenty rose to international fame with their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, which was certified diamond (that’s over 10 million albums!) in the United States and multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Their second album, Mad Season, released in 2000, charted in the top three on the Billboard 200 and was certified four times platinum in the United States.
In 2005, Thomas struck out on his own, with the release of …Something to Be which shot to No. 1 on the album chart. But what really secured his solo status was the Carlos Santana assisted summer hit, “Smooth,” for which Thomas earned three Grammy awards for co-writing and singing.
He has also lent his songwriting talents to greats like Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, and Tom Petty, as well as Marc Anthony and Daughtry.
As Cee Lo’s mentor of choice, he’ll have to chance to help other young talents start up their solo careers on this season of The Voice.