Whether standing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or entertaining the troops in Iraq, the southern country-rocker is indeed using his God-given gifts to deliver a message through his words and his music. His undeniable charisma and tremendous talent as a singer, songwriter and performer have firmly established him as one of country music's brightest new stars.
More than a gifted musician, Thomas possesses an exceptional personal story that is uniquely inspiring. He is a decorated combat veteran of the elite 75th Ranger Rgt special operations unit.
As a military analyst, Thomas has made numerous appearances on every major television network including a featured story on Good Morning America and specials on The History and Discovery channels. He is regularly booked as a keynote speaker for corporations and
organizations around the nation sharing his motivating story of teamwork and leadership.
As a country singer, his dedicated work on behalf of our veterans has been recognized by Congress and the National Defense Foundation. Thomas is the recipient of the American Patriot Award, The Carlton Sherwood
Media Award and the bronze star for valor.
A dynamic live performer, Keni and his band, Cornbread, tour steadily both nationally and abroad . . . They have traveled for years to the Middle East, volunteering their time as part of the USO's “Hope and Freedom” holiday show.
Flags Of Our Fathers: A Soldier's Story, Thomas' debut disc, was a collection of songs written by Thomas that tell stories inspired by life in the military and by those who serve our nation. In fact, there are moving videos of four of Keni Thomas' songs from this great patriotic CD on USA Patriotism! with links to them below his message to the troops. (His Gunslinger CD album followed with its release in November 2008.)
Keni Thomas performing for troops on 2005 USO Tour (USO photo by Owen Franken)
Thomas is very proud of his appointment as the national spokesman for the Hero Fund and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides college educations to the children of our special ops personnel killed in combat or training . . . Since its inception, the Hero Fund has helped provide for the educational needs of over 700 children. Also, a portion of proceeds from the CD Gunslinger and Flags Of Our Fathers - A Soldier's Story go to the Hero Fund.
Keni Thomas meeting troops on 2005 USO Tour (USO photo by Owen Franken)
Keni Thomas' own words...
“America is a diverse nation . . . But here's what I've learned. Despite our differences, we all have one thing in common. We are Americans. We're still one nation under God and believe it or not, we all feel the same about the country we live in. We are grateful for it's opportunities. We value our freedom. We are proud of our military. We love our kids and we want what is best for them.”
"Use the gifts you have been given. Do what feeds your spirit, because when you do, the world around you becomes a better place. And you have made a difference."