Growing up in the North East of England on a diverse musical diet of Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles, RJ Thompson spent his early years as a budding drummer. It was only aged 13 that RJ picked up a guitar and started to work on his vocal styling.
A school band was quickly formed with some of his closest friends. The brilliantly titled “Mullets Of Mayhem” would only ever play 1 concert, a two song Nirvana inspired epic in the school hall one lunchtime. The show would see 2 band members require post-gig medical attention for misjudged stage diving!
RJ began writing songs at an alarming rate after witnessing a U2 concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena, aged 15. He began to perform at open mic nights and clubs around the North East, until one night, in a small venue in Hartlepool, the hard work paid off. The sound technician at the venue happened to be working sound for Live Aid organiser Midge Ure the following night. RJ was invited to perform as the support act, and that led to a further 30 shows with Midge around the UK and Europe. This was RJ’s first big break, and during that time period he released a couple of independent albums and EPs.
More recently, RJ has been lucky enough to tour the UK and Europe as a support act to Jools Holland, Gabrielle Aplin, Sandi Thom, Deacon Blue, and Joan Armatrading. The highlight would be sharing the bill with Jools and Joss Stone at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
2017 will see RJ release a wave of new music, including an album in the autumn.