The Ginger Thompson Band has enjoyed playing in and around the Raleigh area for many years. With a heart & soul of Motown/R&B, we also play a variety of music to fit our audiences. Sometimes it's a little more country or beach; sometimes a little more rock & pop.
In my earlier years I spent some time recording not only locally, but with Capricorn Records and Chess Records. Most recently I performed at the 2018 Beach Music Award Show in Myrtle Beach, SC. My love of music began early in life and continues still today. When it comes to the music, I've always considered the band to be half of the music. The other half is my audience. This connection is what makes it all so much fun! I'm so thankful for my wonderful journey through music.
Mike started playing sax at an early age. It was with his first group, Mixed Emotion that he was encouraged to sing lead vocals, and since then he has been on a roll. In 2001, with the Delta Riders, he won a CAMMY Award for favorite new artist. Another career highlight was backing up legendary soul artist, Percy Sledge. His musical influences are many but a couple to mention are Jr. Walker and Delbert McClinton. His musical paths have crossed with Rickey Godfrey, Clifford Curry, Maurice Williams and the late Jay Spell (Canned Heat and Jimmy Buffet keyboardist). Each performance Mike gives his all to make it a crowd pleaser.
Kim has more than 30 years experience as a private voice and piano teacher and also enjoys a career as a public school elementary educator/administrator. She has ten years of previous band and studio recording experience as lead vocalist and saxophonist for the Overtime Band from Southside Virginia. She has opened for famous artists including Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, Clarence Carter, and Marie Osmond. Kim performed at the NC State Capitol and Governor's Mansion. Most recently, she performed with The Embers at the 2018 Beach Music Award Show in Myrtle Beach, SC. She says her God-given gifts of music are a part of her soul!
Wanda has many years of singing experience, mostly in her church choir and Praise / Worship team. She credits her gift of music from her study of piano as a child. She has performed in a featured ensemble at the NC State Capital and Governor's Mansion. Wanda has also joined Ginger Thompson on several occasions singing with the ever popular beach music band, The Embers. Most recently, Wanda performed in the 2018 Carolina Beach Music Award Show in Myrtle Beach, SC for the CAMMY Awards presentation.
I became interested in the drums in the early 60's when a cousin of mine was in a band. I made my first set of drums from lids and milk cartons and began to keep a beat of my own. As time went on, I met two guys from my home town who had guitars, so we started messing around with just instrumentals. I was fortunate enough in the late 60's to open for names like Eddie Floyd, Clifford Curry, Archie Bell, The Box Tops, and the Platters to name a few. Later to include Ginger Thompson and Dink Perry who was just starting out. I quit music for a while and returned in 2018 with the Ginger Thompson Band and I'm loving it.
Billy Liles, a native of Gastonia, NC, has been studying and playing piano and keyboards since the age of 10. His work has included stints on keys and vocals with Bare Flag Revue, One Eye Mike, The Midnight Blues Band, The Retroverts, The Flower Power, and The Skydive Variety Band. He has provided music for weddings, wedding receptions, private parties, clubs and street festivals. Slow, Fast, Soft, Hard, Swingin' and Rockin', "It's fun to play it all!" Billy is especially excited to be playing with the fine musicians of the Ginger Thompson Band.
Born in Durham, NC, Jim started listening to Soul Music before the age of ten. He started playing piano, bassoon, drums, and guitar by the age of fifteen, but decided to concentrate on the guitar. Jim has played in Rock-n-Roll, Blues, Country, Beach, and R&B Bands over the years. He has written and produced songs including "Subject to Love". He loves and lives all things music.
JT grew up in Raleigh in a musical family, and began learning guitar at the age of eight. He formed his first band during high school, and while in college, JT began teaching himself the bass and began playing in cover bands around Raleigh. Since that time JT has played hundreds of shows around the area. From the Berkeley Cafe to the long-gone Scramble Dog, the Switch and Southland Ballroom, from the Lincoln Theater to Fat Daddy's, JT has enjoyed rocking the stage and had the opportunity to play with some really talented bands and musicians. JT has always loved early Rock-n-Roll, Blues, R&B, Country, and Jazz, and finds his musical tastes shaped by the sounds coming from his first AM radio back in the 70's. JT is a member of the Crossroads Fellowship Worship Team, and is featured on the 2014 "All Things New" CD. He can be found playing electric guitar and bass on Sunday mornings at the Crossroads Millbrook Campus.
Mark was born in Murfreesboro, NC into a very musical family. While in school Mark performed in many band performances playing the trumpet. He enjoyed the theater and acted in many local productions at the Gallery Theater in Ahoskie, NC, and Ridgecroft High School where he graduated. His love of theater moved into the production aspect directing the lights and sound for many of the events. Of the many part time jobs he held, being a Disc Jockey at the local radio station was one of the best and most entertaining. He enjoys all things technical, and solving complex computer related issues.