About

Live Band:
Vocalist/Piano/Acoustic Guitar – Rosie Thomas
Piano/Vocalist – Brian Thomas
Guitarist – Jeff Shoop

One night in suburban Detroit, a twelve-year-old Rosie Thomas lay sleepless in her bed, obsessively dwelling on what she perceived to be her lack of life purpose. Then, well after 2 AM, it suddenly hit her. She sprung out of bed and raced down the hall. “Daddy, Daddy, I know what my mission in life is,” Rosie exclaimed, poking her father. “I just want to entertain people.”

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Fast forward to one decade later, recently transplanted to Seattle and frustrated with her decision to attend theater school, Rosie sat one night voicing her disappointment to new friend, singer-songwriter Damien Jurado, when he promptly turned to her and said, “Rosie, what do you want to do with your life?” Rosie thought for a minute. “I just want to entertain people,” she finally replied. Rosie ended up lending vocals to a track on Jurado’s album, Ghost of David. The folks at Sub Pop Records liked what they heard and offered to sign her. Five albums and a few years later, Rosie has certainly become an entertainer.

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Rosie’s debut album, 2001’s When We Were Small, employed several friends from Cornish as studio musicians, and much of the cast from those sessions would return on the 2003 sophomore release, Only With Laughter Can You Win. If Songs Could Be Held came next in 2005, and was followed the subsequent year by Thomas’ inclusion on the Paper Bag Records compilation See You on the Moon! to which she contributed the song “Faith’s Silver Elephant.”

Piggyback

Rosie’s next project was a fresh return to the relaxed creative process that first drew her to entertaining through music. This meant a gathering of friends, collaborative creation, and, in the end, a sincere celebration of music and people called These Friends of Mine, issued in late 2006 through her own label, Sing-A-Long Records. The album includes the appearance of friends Sufjan Stevens, Damien Jurado, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), and Denison Witmer. Thomas also released a 2008 Christmas album, A Very Rosie Christmas, through her label.

In addition to pursuing music, Rosie invented a comedic alter ego – the roller skating, lint-collecting pizza delivery girl known as Shelia Saputo. Thomas also acted in the film Calvin Marshall, set for a late 2009 release.

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Rosie’s demonstrates her care for people and the friendships that originally drew her to music. Rosie explains, “When I woke my Dad up that night, even then I understood that you couldn’t be an entertainer unless you did it for the benefit of other people. That’s just a valuable lesson I have to keep reminding myself.” Well over a decade ago, a teenage Rosie knew that she wanted to be an entertainer, today, she has truly become one.

22 Responses to “About”

  1. cliff September 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Hello Rosie,
    I have recently discovered your lovely music but I can’t understand all of the lyric to Sell All My Things and Red Rover. Could you please help me. Thanks, Cliff

  2. Maureen October 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    Hi Rosie, I found your song Friends of Mine when searching for a song to go with my slide show on my website. How beautiful the sound of your voice. Spreading the word with your song – hope you don’t mind. I had a playlist but replaced my playlist with your song. So lovely.
    Thanks
    Maureen

  3. Maureen October 14, 2009 at 3:21 am #

    I meant to type These Friends of Mine – oops!
    My bad?!

  4. Sandy October 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your music. Your melodies are beautiful and your lyrics profound and inspiring. My husband and I find ourselves going back to “Only With Laughter You Win” over and over again for encouragement and joy. Thank you for using your gifts for our good.

  5. April November 8, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    Hi,

    I’m not that good at playing by ear since I’m still plucking along and I’ve been looking for the piano sheet music for Farewell… do you offer this? Is there a site that you’ve released it too? I would love to have it. Thanks, April

  6. Ildiko November 14, 2009 at 1:27 am #

    so…do you do house concerts?
    would love to have you do one in my home
    in Milford, PA
    thanks
    Ildiko

  7. Jeff Davis November 18, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    I heard “One More Day” on the closing credits of a film… don’t remember the movie but I remember your beautiful song! When are y’all coming out this way (Hollywood, CA)?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  8. Alan Milne December 10, 2009 at 10:19 am #

    Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa.
    First heard “Pretty Dress” on a “Word” magazine compilation and loved it.
    Subsequntly bought “If songs could be heard” and ” These friends of Mine”, just wonderful stuff. Hope your next album is not too far off – this time could you make it a bit longer than “These friends…?
    Have introduced you to many others hear and can assure you of a very dedicated , if small at present, group of South African fans.
    All the best,
    Alan

  9. Emma March 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    Hi,
    I’ve been trying to find piano music for your song Bicycle Tricycle, and I can’t find one anywhere, if you know of a site that I could find them I would be so grateful! Thank you.

  10. notchwood March 9, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Just a lovely voice, lyrics, and just my under expression.

  11. David May 16, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Dear Ms. Saputo, I’ve got just the pair of pants for you, made entirely out of lint without any pockets (serious collectors only)

  12. Bill Merrick May 30, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Thank you for moving me more than any other writer / performer in many, many years. Having only recently stumbled across your work – I now have it all and will eagerly await all new releases. Thank you.

  13. Mercy June 6, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Hi Rosie, I heard u for the first time in
    Grey’s Anatomy n I fell in love with your song. You and few others singers (same style of music) inspired me to play guitar n piano..thank you for your beautiful music…

  14. Jenna September 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi Rosie–I heard a song you did with Sufjan a couple years ago and LOVE it. You have such a beautiful voice, and such a gift.

  15. spero67 September 12, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    Rosie, thank you.

  16. Kathleen DeLuca October 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi Rosie! I watched you perform last night at one of the “living room” shows and it was simply fabulous! Your music has a calming/healing quality and I thank you for sharing your talents with warmth and oppenness.
    ~K

  17. micky October 18, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    I love your songs so much that always listen your song the way to work.
    thank you

  18. Peter McDonald November 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Rosie, As a singer/guitar player/performer I have a huge appreciation for your story…as a human being I have an even greater appreciation for your music!
    Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!

    ~P~

    PS…thanks to Criminal Minds also; I might not have found you otherwise.

  19. Kristie Vosper November 14, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    i wanted to give a little shout and say that I would LOVE it if you’d return to Hotel Cafe and do a Christmas show again. I had tickets but due to several circumstances I only made it for the last song! I know i missed a really beautiful night. Can we do a repeat? 🙂 Listening to your christmas album today…so pretty.

  20. Eric Kostoff December 12, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    Hey Rosie, how are you? its Eric from the Plymouth Coffee Bean years ago…sounds like you’re doing well, music is awesome, keep making people laugh and love your music, you’re awesome. Get to Michigan with or without Iron and Wine. See you soon. Merry Christmas.

  21. LK December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    I just wonder where the christmas cd went? Cant get hold of it anywhere?! It was such a great version of “o come, o come emmanuel”.

    Bless

  22. Maria Eugênia r. March 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Obrigada por preencher cada momento, com sua voz linda, suas letras que levam além, (..)

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