Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the signing of Swedish AOR singer, keyboardist and songwriter, Thomas Lassar, for the release of his official debut solo album, “From Now On”.
Thomas started to play piano as a young child, encouraged by his mother. He quickly began playing in local bands in Sweden until the late 80’s when, together with his bandmates, he formed what became then one of Sweden’s most loved, cult, AOR bands, Crystal Blue. Having worked as keyboard player and backing vocalist on the first two albums (“Out From the Blue” in 1993 and “Caught in the Game” in 1994), Thomas took the microphone duties for the third Crystal Blue album, “Detour” (released in 2003 by MTM Music). Despite highly-positive feedback from media all around the world, the band split up.
After years spent performing as session musician for various artists (Last Autumn’s Dream & Charming Grace between others), Thomas felt it was time to go into the studio and start writing and recording some unreleased material, during the pandemic while the world was in lockdown. The result was ten classy AOR tracks, which Thomas sent to Burning Minds Music Group’s A&R team for evaluation. Excited by what they heard, label manager Stefano Gottardi and A&R man, Pierpaolo “Zorro” Monti, immediately contacted Lassar to offer him a deal. The feeling was almost immediate, thanks also to Zorro and Thomas’ collaboration on the Charming Grace debut album, back in 2012.
“From Now On” is going to be one of the highlights of 2023, especially for fans of Scandinavian AOR. The sound is reminiscent of other Swedish melodic rock acts like Crystal Blue, Work Of Art, and Crossfade. The official release date of “From Now On”, cover artwork, and more will be announced in the forthcoming weeks.