Make You Proud
WORDS BY RYAN GLAZER
We likely all agree that music is one of the most multifaceted influential components of life. It is often said to be healing, helping people through sad or troublesome life moments. It provides enjoyment for others, excitement, entertainment… It can be enjoyed alone or with a group of people. For local musician Logan Thomas, music is life.
Logan is a 2014 graduate of Richmond Hill High School. He describes his music in broad terms as “pop,” but says he approaches it similarly to John Mayer. “The song always comes first, and the genre is meant to serve the song,” he explains. “Sometimes that might mean a live band with blues rock influence, and sometimes it means an electronic vibe with synthesizers and 808 drums. Generally my songs take on modern production techniques with a bluesy guitar element, but it varies depending on the song. I try not to resign myself to one particular genre.”
Artists evolve over time and Logan says his goal is for each song to be more and more uniquely him!
Logan began playing guitar when he was 11 years old, He says his original inspiration was from the video game Guitar Hero. “I enjoyed the music in the game and I was pretty good at it, so I thought, why not try this in real life?” Logan self-taught for the first year before taking lessons from Savannah musician, Jon Willis, one of his biggest inspirations. He credits him for much of his passion. Logan recently had a full-circle life moment when he hired Jon to play in a band for an event that he performed in October. “It was surreal and fulfilling to now be at a point where I am playing with my role model on the same stage, and we are equals rather than me being the student and him being the teacher.”
“Of course, I still have so much to learn from him, but if he reads this, then I know he would want me to take credit for my journey and not boost his ego too much!” Logan laughs.
Logan’s first band was called Pariah, formed while the members were attending Richmond Hill Middle School. They continued the band through high school. Some of Logan’s fondest memories are from performances throughout that time period like winning the 8th grade talent show, performing on a float for the homecoming parade, and playing a concert at J.F. Gregory Park with over 200 people in attendance.
On December 9, 2022 Logan will release his 8th song, “Make You Proud.”
““Make You Proud” is is a tribute to my sister Eileen, who passed away when I was 18. She dealt with health issues throughout her life and she never got a chance to really live it to the fullest. She was studying to be a translator, and she spoke 8 or 9 different languages. She wanted to travel the world to meet interesting people and go on adventures, but she never got a chance to do that,” he explains. The title is a mission, “I want my sister to be proud of me for chasing my dreams and living the life she never got to live.”
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
You can find “Make You Proud” and all of Logan’s other music at https://www.loganthomasmusic.com/music