Frank Thompson Jr.
Arranger; Conductor; Instrumentalist; Songwriter
Christian; Jazz; R&B
New Orleans Born and Bred Frank Thompson, Jr.'s love of music, gospel music in particular, started at a very early age, fostered by his mother and father. His mother would bring Frank Jr. into the choir stand with her on Sunday mornings. He would listen to his father play his guitar and was fascinated by the sounds it made. By the age of three Frank Jr. was dragging his father's guitar around the house and breaking the strings trying to play. Seeing his love of music grow his parents agreed to let Frank Jr. join the school band and get some private lessons from his band teacher, Mr. Lester Wright. Mr. Wright encouraged Frank to learn to read music to no avail. Frank would let the other children play first that could read the music and he would then play the notes he heard.
Frank has an exceptional God given talent. At the early age of seven he was singing solo for his church choir, and amazing seasoned voices with his power and range, and played drums. God had given him his talent and anything from God was good. Soon his talent and skill would precede him. At age eleven he was playing bass guitar for a number of gospel groups to include The Spiritual Hires, The Stars Of Heaven, Avondale Community Choir, The Heavenly Stars, are a few.
As he grew older, he became interested in other instruments, such as drums, horns, piano and organ. Mastering his art was his goal. Not only has he mastered the instruments, but found he is skilled in writing, arranging, and sequencing music as well as mixing and mastering music, His talent has taken him on tour to Germany and across the United States. Frank was a gospel tent's stage musician for seven years, playing bass guitar, at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He has played with some of the great local artist of New Orleans. Frank has played on a number of local recordings since the mid 1980’s. His first production was completed in 1996, titled Something Old, Something New. It featured traditional gospel and contemporary gospel written by Frank. He has continued to write and release music ever since.
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