Behind the Song | Tree Thomas

West coast native Tree Thomas might be towering over his competition at 6'8", but it's his music that's really grabbing everyone's attention. From the middle of Oakland to the beaches of Malta, this globe-trotting R&B extraordinaire is making his presence known with smooth vocals. We caught up with Tree to talk about his new release "You Still Mines," his inspiration, and what's up next for him.

Q: What is the story behind "You're Mines Still"?
My last song is actually a remake of one of my favorite songs by Yung Bleu. I connected with his version so much, I wanted to do my own rendition and my own verse, I recently got out of a relationship, so the lyrics are from a real place.

Q: Who in the music industry - past and present - are your greatest influences?
Right now I don't really listen to a lot of present artist except for Drake. I like to listen to and pull ideas from older artist like Teddy Pendergrass and Bobby Womack. I love the vibes they create with their art.

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Q: What advice do you have for new artists trying to break into the industry?
The best advice I can give is to not stop learning and find a team you can work and build with. It's hard doing everything by your self.

Q. What's the coolest place you've ever performed?
The coolest place I performed is on the island of Malta. It's a beautiful place and I also use to play professional basketball on the island. So it felt great to come back for a different reason other than basketball and put on a show.

Q. What's next for Tree Thomas?
Next for me is my upcoming project SXGNS. It's all about Zodiac Signs and I'm going to be telling my experiences with each sign one. I think it's for sure the my best work yet and have been getting great feedback thus far. aim thinking of releasing it in April.

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