Bio

Rosie Thomas (born 1978 in Livonia, Michigan) is an American singer-songwriter. In the late 1990s she toured with the band Velour 100 before deciding to go solo. Her debut album When We Were Small was released on January 22, 2001. Since then she has released Only with Laughter Can You Win (2003), If Songs Could Be Held (2005), These Friends of Mine (2006), A Very Rosie Christmas (2008), With Love (2012). She also performs as a stand-up comedian under the name Sheila Saputo. In the 1990s Thomas met Trey Many through mutual friends and began playing shows with Velour 100. They recorded one EP together in 1999 and played a few short tours, during which time she met Damien Jurado and Pedro the Lion. She then moved to Seattle to attend Cornish College briefly before deciding to focus on a solo recording career. Her appearance on the song "Parking Lot", from Damien Jurado's album Ghost of David, brought her to the attention of famed record label Sub Pop who signed her in 2000. Her debut album When We Were Small was released on 22 January 2001. The album featured Eric Fisher (who Thomas met at performance art school in Seattle) on guitar and keyboards and Andy Myers on drums. Fisher and Myers returned for 2003's follow-up Only With Laughter Can You Win. Thomas released her third album, If Songs Could Be Held, in 2005. Her fourth album These Friends of Mine, was recorded in collaboration with Sufjan Stevens who plays guitar and banjo as well as providing some vocals, and Denison Witmer. She released a holiday album called A Very Rosie Christmas in November 2008 through her own record label. Her 2012 album is entitled "With Love". The same year she relocated to New York City from Seattle. www.rosiethomas.com

Reviews

Rosie Thomas - With Love (from paste)

"Somewhere over the rainbow, skies will be blue," sings Rosie Thomas on her sixth full-length, surrounded by canned strings and modest fingerpicking. "Somewhere over the rainbow, dreams will come true." Yikes. Unless you're onstage with Toto (the dog, not the band) or unless you've spun the sentiment into some sort of ironic truth, you should never sing those lyrics, especially if you wrote the song in the 21st century... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - With Love (from mxdwn)

Goto commentsLeave a commentShare Sweet Love Songs from Rosie Rosie Thomas is a singer-songwriter specializing in the kind of sweet, mellow tunes best saved for a rainy Sunday spent drinking tea and reading on a Laura Ashley sofa. Or the montage when the hero and heroine gradually fall in love. In short, she is for the more sensitive souls among us... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - With Love (from popmatters)

No one can fault Rosie Thomas for not taking risks. With Love steers clear of the fragile indie-pop we have come to expect from her. Her new project is a retro-pop album that feels like it could have been pulled out of your mother's record collection. Does she pull it off? Yes. This is a charming and unexpected salute to the female pop vocalists of Rosie's youth, proving that nostalgia does not have to be sentimental... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - If Songs Could Be Held (from Hour)

Pretty, yes, and entirely well intended, but the bulk of this indiesque folkster's delicate and sugary compositions get swept away with trite pop structuring. Obvious influences - Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls - still figure prominently, but the old Julie Doiron and Lisa German links are barely there to be found. Matured, but not deepened. Read More »

Rosie Thomas - These Friends of Mine (from Hour)

The unadorned folk that Rosie Thomas has long been floating has the kind of purity and innocence that demands a non-cynical ear (i.e., it's at times unpalatably precious). That's not to say she doesn't have dovelike qualities to her voice (interesting, since her speaking voice, heard here, is sort of squeaky) - it's dulcet beyond compare... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - These Friends Of Mine (from MusicOMH)

When Sufjan Stevens announced his intention to record an album each about all 50 of the States of America, a collective raised eyebrow could probably be sensed around the globe. Even given Stevens' relative young age, you're looking at two or three albums a year to achieve that goal - even Ryan Adams couldn't achieve that, surely?If Stevens is to make good on his promise, he's certainly got a long way to go... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - If Songs Could Be Held (from Junkmedia)

In the Joni Mitchell Successor Sweepstakes, many have entered but few have even come close to the Lady of the Canyon's combination of eccentricity and brilliance. Rosie Thomas -- armed with a gorgeously intimate voice and a knack for songs about damaged love -- deserves consideration. On If Songs Could Be Held, her third Sub Pop release, Rosie blends folk-pop stylings (acoustic guitar, gentle Wurlitzer washes) with perfect string quartet arrangements and vocal harmony... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - Only With Laughter Can You Win (from Lost At Sea)

Rosie Thomas is like a shy, sweet friend who, on a brave little whim, lets you read her diary. You're standing in her faded, childlike bedroom, mutually self-conscious and trying not to match nervous gazes; but with entries so deeply heartfelt and poetic, you realize there is so much more sweetness to her than you'd ever known. After timidly sharing her heart on the page, you love her more... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - These Friends of Mine (from No Ripcord)

Rosie Thomas came to our attention lending mellifluous backing vocals to Damien Jurado and Sufjan Stevens releases. And despite garnering praise for her first two solo albums, word of her ability with a charming melody and well-crafted, bittersweet lyrics has been slow to spread. Her earlier solo efforts, while literate and well conceived have always suffered from over production and have left me cold, the arrangements and production being impersonal an self-aware... Read More »

Rosie Thomas - If Songs Could Be Held (from Delusions of Adequacy)

If Songs Could Be Held is the sleepy, sometimes treacly new album from Rosie Thomas, her third on the Sup Pop label. She also has a Seattleite's dreamy, rain-soaked temperament. Thomas has a great, subtly dynamic voice and an expert's way with pop-ballad melodies. The 11 songs on If Songs Could Be Held are almost all piano ballads, mid-tempo or slower, uniformly tasteful, careful, and elegant in their execution... Read More »

News

UK release list annouced for Record Store Day 2012

Spektor - 'The Prayer Of Francois Villon'/'Old Jacket' Richard Hell & The Voidiods - 'Blank Generation', 'Liars Beware', 'Who Says' Richard Hawley - 'Leave Your Body Behind You' Rizzle Kicks - 'Stereo Typical' Rockabye Baby! - 'Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of The Smiths' Rory Gallagher - 'Stompin' Ground' <span>Rosie Thomas</span> & Sufjan Stevens - 'Hit & Run Vol' Ryan Adams - 'Heartbreak A Stranger'/'Black Sheets Of Rain' Santigold - 'Master Of My Make-Believe' Sara Watkins/The Everly Brothers - 'You're The One I Love' Scum/Big Deal - Split 7″ single Sebastian - 'The EP Collection' Sex Pistols - 'Anarchy Read More »

Live Review: Sufjan Stevens' Christmas Show @ Neptune Theatre 12/8/12

Pageant on Ice, not one of those descriptors was lost Saturday night. Stevens showed fans a zany party full of Christmas cheer with an appropriate balance of yuletide jollies and nostalgic Sufjan throwbacks. Opening the night was Sheila Saputo, the totally bonkers comedy alias of Asthmatic Kitty collaborator <span>Rosie Thomas</span>. As can be expected from the zany promo she cultivated for Silver and Gold a couple weeks ago, Sheila did her thing and got plenty of laughs for it, talking about her usual klutz antics and how "CAROLS" can form a helpful acronym for various holiday festivities. Stevens' production Read More »

Watch: Sufjan Stevens Releases Promotional Videos For Silver & Gold Christmas Box Set

so is Mr. Stevens himself for he has released quite the batch of videos to promote the release. Read on for more details. "Joy To The World" is the first official video released while followed by what is called the "Friendship Slay Ride" series. For those who don't know, Sheila Saputo is <span>Rosie Thomas</span>' alter ego and makes many appearances throughout the videos. Whether you are watching the monster truck show, a law office commercial, or a workout video, it is guaranteed that these videos are 100% silly. Sit back and enjoy. "Joy To The World" "Silver and Gold Infomercial" "Betwixt Two Furs" "Monster Trucks" Read More »

Watch Sufjan Stevens be weird in an effort to promote his new Christmas album

Fresh off the release of his massive Christmas box set, Silver And Gold, Sufjan Stevens has decided to promote the album through a seven-part collection of bizarre videos on YouTube. Teaming up with friends and collaborators like <span>Rosie Thomas</span>, Jeff Shoop, and Deborah Johnson, Stevens' "Friendship Slay Ride" begins with a goofy infomercial for the box set and touts yuletide favorites like "Christmas Pimple," "Santa Has Diabetes," and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like End Times." Unfortunately, those songs do not appear on the actual album. The next video in the series is Betwixt Two Furs, a Read More »

Watch Sufjan Stevens&#8217; Seven Hilarious Infomercials Promoting <i>Silver and Gold</i>

album is a winter necessity for fans of Stevens or those just searching for an alternative to all of the other universally sappy holiday-themed music available. But in case you need further convincing, Stevens has released a string of seven hilarious infomercials to promote his new album. In them, frequent collaborator <span>Rosie Thomas</span> joins Stevens, and the two list off some of the tracks to be enjoyed on the album and the magical powers they evoke--such as the ability to save a marriage. Watch all seven infomercials below and pick up your own copy of Silver and Gold just in time for Christmas. Watch Read More »

Watch Sufjan Stevens&#39; Completely Bonkers Christmas Box Set Promotional Videos

of music on five discs, it comes with temporary tattoos, stickers, a poster, an 80-page booklet, a DIY Christmas ornament, and a coloring book. And now, it's also got an accompanying series of bizarre promotional videos. The "Friendship Slay Ride" series, created by Stevens, Jeff Shoop, Deborah Johnson, and <span>Rosie Thomas</span>, consists of seven videos, which can be watched below. They include an ad for a monster truck show, a commercial for a law firm, a workout video, and many appearances from Thomas' comic alter ego Sheila Saputo. (Saputo opens for Stevens on his tour that starts Friday.) Warning: Read More »

Number of Free Downloadable Tracks in <i>Paste</i> mPlayer Hits 500

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" 6. John Vanderslice - "Sea Salt" 7. Cataldo - "Prison Boxing" Issue 28 1. Artist Name - "Song Title" 1. Kathleen Edwards - "Change The Sheets" 2. Ani DiFranco - "Life Boat" 3. Nada Surf - "Waiting For Something" 4. The Duke Spirit - "Procession" 5. <span>Rosie Thomas</span> - "Where Was I" 6. Bahamas - "Lost In The Light" 7. Porcelain Raft - "Back Words" Issue 29 1. Craig Finn - "Honolulu Blues" 2. First Aid Kid - "The Lion's Roar" 3. Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless" 4. Buxton - "Boy Of Nine" 5. Rodrigo y Gabriela - "11-11" 6.Phenomenal Handclap Band - "The Unknown Read More »

Sufjan Stevens Announces Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Tour

November and December. It's called the "Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice", so you have some idea of what you're getting into. Dates are below, via Disco Naïveté. The tour will be supported by Sheila Saputo (an alias of Sufjan collaborator <span>Rosie Thomas</span>). As mentioned last week, Sufjan is releasing a new box set of Christmas music on November 13, titled Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10. It collects five EPs with 18 original tracks and many covers, with appearances by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire's Read More »

A Q&A With Ivan & Alyosha's Tim Wilson

album, All The Times We Had, in August. Tim Wilson sat down with American Songwriter to talk about the album and shed light on the source of his songwriting inspiration. What has Ivan and Alyosha been working on lately? Well, we got off the road about a month or so ago. We were out on the road with <span>Rosie Thomas</span>. Most of our time home has been basically leading up to the release of this record. We're trying to put a CD release show together in Seattle, well that's confirmed actually. We play August 24 at the Neptune Theatre. It's a Friday night, all ages with a local band named Big Sur. We're doing press here and Read More »

Live Around Town This Week

we've got shows upstairs and downstairs at Neumos: Beach Fossils, Mac DeMarco, and Seapony at Neumos upstairs, and Night Beats, Unnatural Helpers, and The Maxines at Barboza downstairs. The weekend kicks off on Friday night with the first of two nights with The Maldives and The Moondoggies at Tractor Tavern, <span>Rosie Thomas</span> and Ivan & Alyosha are at Neptune Theatre, Laura Veirs and Cataldo are at Columbia City Theater, Black Dice, Jabon, and Uncle Pooch are at Sunset Tavern, and Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures are at Vera Project. We're not even close to being down with the awesomeness. On Saturday night, ... (info) Jack Wilson, Davidson Hart Kingsbery, Jackrabbit at Tractor (info) Friday, May 11, 2012 The Maldives, The Moondoggies at Tractor - Day 1 of 2 from May 11 thru May 12 (info) Allo Darlin', The Wave Pictures at Vera Project (info) Black Dice, Jabon, Uncle Pooch at Sunset Tavern (info) <span>Rosie Thomas</span>, Ivan & Alyosha at Neptune Theatre (info) Laura Veirs, Cataldo at Columbia City Theater (info) Saturday, May 12, 2012 The Maldives, The Moondoggies at Tractor - Day 2 of 2 from May 11 thru May 12 (info) Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, VibeSquaD, Mr. Projectile at WaMu Theater (info) Alcoholic Faith Mission, Read More »

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