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“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” performed and arranged by IMAJ and Ron Grimes. Filmed and directed by parents Kassandra and Philip Michael Thomas.

IMAJ’s full debut album is Now Available for purchase on



“Don’t try to fit in. Being different is beautiful. Among other things,
it means you’ve got the sense to think for yourself in a world where
everyone else is trying to be everyone else.”

And so spawned the IMAJ album. This appropriately self-titled debut by “Country Darling” Imaj is all at once country yet genre-defying. Reflecting the anomaly that she is, this album has a native heart, childlike freedom and old soul. Imaj gracefully blends traditional, folk, bluegrass, Beatles-pop and operatic war cries with lyrics and a pure vocal range as wide and deep as her spirit.

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” a fan favorite and Imaj’s first single, is the love child of her hippie-hillbilly nature that will take you for a smooth yet wild ride on a peace train. You can always tell which songs she wrote. They each have a distinct signature about them with outlaw characteristics like “Darkness” shining light on the beauty of black and doubt; “Train Song” ran some of Nashville’s most seasoned musicians off the tracks; and “Passport” a tune with a backstory and vocal range that maintains a reputation for giving all fans alike goosebumps.

It’s her clever balance of unusual songwriting and pure vocal tone that makes Imaj like a rare painting fans want to win at an auction and frame for all to see. Imaj is a true artist, with that “IT” factor that industry giants are continuously on the prowl for. She’s not only a great vocalist with cross-over appeal, she’s an artist that has the most sought after trait in the industry: longevity. Snuggle her up with the greats; she’ll fit just fine next to your Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson and Beatles records.


IMAJ was invited to Nashville, TN to float in the CMA Fest Kick-Off parade as well as perform in the 2012 CMA Fest. She’s headlined such venues as House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Six Flags Over Texas, Dr. Pepper Arena and her story has been featured on Good Morning Texas, CW33 & Pink Memo, ESPN Radio and Channel 8 evening news. IMAJ has toured with multi-platinum country singers, Collin Raye and Billy Dean as well as opened for noted artists LeAnn Rimes, Clay Walker, Lorrie Morgan, Gretchen Wilson, Neal McCoy and Kip Moore. She is currently on a Country Radio Tour. Listen for her on a station near you!


Photo by @Imaj via Instagram

For the writer, it seems, nothing is more satisfying than painting life’s beauty with words. Yet words, however eloquent, never seem to portray the full landscape… I imagine, that’s where the colours of music come in.


(L to R): Jack Gavin (Drums), Dan Dugmore (Steel Guitar), Dane Bryant (Keys, Piano), Joel Key (Session Leader, Acoustic Guitar), Imaj (Vocals), Dave Fowler (Bass) Rodney Good (Tracking, Comp & Tune), Jimmy Mattingly (Fiddle, Mandolin), Joshua Mahan (Tracking Rom Assistant Engineer), Jarad Clement (Tracking Room Staff Engineer/Booking/Internship Management)

Having so much fun recording my debut album with these outstanding musicians at The Tracking Room studio in Nashville, TN! ( Continue Reading…