Island Man –
This work of art is the musical genius of one artist,
Frank Thompson, who created, composed, arranged
and performed each tune on the CD. Any selection from
this musical menu is guaranteed to soothe that weary savage
beast that lurks within each of us. This solo work will
touch and inspire the hearts and minds of many. Beginning
with the title cut "Island Man" as you listen, it
will minister to your mind and take you on a musical
journey to a place of peace and harmony. Let "New
Dawning" purge your spirit so you may start anew,
for "Happy Times" are most definitely ahead
of you. Clear your head and prepare to embrace
"Life" and all it's wonderments. Steady yourself
for "Love's Groove" where heartfelt emotions
engulf you. Stay tuned for "Better Days" are
coming. Lay back in a "Hammock Swing" in
total bliss and awe of the good life Feast on
the "Coconut Tree" for nourishment and take in
a "Cool Breeze" and let it ripple through your mind,
as your spirits rise and you sink into "Deep Thought"
that are "Ever Changing". Join the Island Man in a
"Sand Dance" to metaphorically dance a1l your troubles
away, you will encounter "Confusion" but stay strong for
"Things Are Getting Better" as you conclude your voyage
of the Island Man.
Frank Thompson Jr. was born in New Orleans.
Frank'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 in age, he also
became interested in other instruments, 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
the 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’s first production was completed in 1996 in titled Something Old
Something New. It featured traditional gospel and contemporary gospel written by
Frank. In 2005 Frank also wrote, produced and directed a video in titled Show
The World You Care and the single I Miss You So. Frank has written a wealth
of Gospel and Jazzy music that is yet to be released.He has played on a
number of local recordings since the mid 1980’s
I thank God for all of the many gifts & blessings He has bestowed upon me. I would not be who I am today if it were not for Him allowing my hands, feet and mind to reach out step out and to explore the many facets of life that He has allowed me.
The project is especially dedicated to my father Frank Thompson, Sr. and my elementary school band teacher Mr. Lester Wright.
I'll never forget when I was about ten years old Mr. Wright, came to my home to talk to my father about a problem he had with me at school. I was going around the band room and trying to play all of the instruments in the room. And my father's words to me were to stick with one instrument or I would become a jack-of-all, and a master-of-none. So the name of this project originally was called (Jack Of All Master Of? ). But I decided to name it "Island Man" not because of an actual island but the concept of one man alone in one place with all the instruments he can play.
Special thanks to Ms.Donna M. Brown for her assistance and contribution to this project. To my mother the late Nancy Thompson to my family, and to my loving wife Joyce A. Thompson for putting up with the noise of the instruments and music And lastly I would like to also dedicate this work to the memory of two of my dearest friends Mr. Darrell Singleton and Rev. Lester Foxworth.
I pray that this project will bless and soothe your soul. As King Saul called for David to soothe him with the harp-when he was vexed, may this equally soothe your heart and mind. My God bless you and keep you.
Frank Thompson Jr