(VI Consortium) Theron Thomas, a hitmaker whose written popular songs for some of the biggest names in music — Rihanna, Beyonce and Adam Levine among a long list of other artists — has signed a major publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing, representing yet another level of elevation in Mr. Thomas’s quest to become one of the most recognizable names in the business.
The USVI native from the Island of St. Thomas was enthusiastic about the deal. “I’m looking forward to becoming the biggest songwriter in the world with the help of Ray, Katie, Big Jon and the entire Sony Music Publishing team,” he said, according to a release Sony Music Publishing issued Monday.
Sony Music Publishing Senior Vice President of Creative, Katie Welle, stated, “Theron is one-of-one in talent, work ethic and spirit, inspiring every room he enters. It’s an honor to partner with Theron and Ray Daniels on this next chapter!”
Mr. Thomas is well known for a number of major hits as part of the duo R. City, whose other member is Timothy Thomas, Theron’s brother. The most ubiquitous of their songs is “Locked Away” feature Adam Levine, which as of Saturday had over 869 million views.
Theron has continuously delivered chart-toppers, among them “Have Mercy” by Chloe; gold-certified “Rumors” by Lizzo and Cardi B; and “Big Energy” by Latto. Last year he also earned success with Saweetie’s “Tap In” and “Best Friend” ft Doja Cat, as well as “Reminds Me Of You” by the Kid LAROI and Juice WRLD, according to Sony.
He has worked with some of the best in music, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Anitta, Ciara, The Pussycat Dolls, and Adam Levine, among others.
According to Sony, Theron first rose to prominence as a songwriter alongside his brother as the duo R. City. In 2007, the two achieved their breakthrough hit with “The Rain,” which was featured on Akon’s multi-platinum selling album Konvicted. Since then, Thomas has written countless hits including “All Night,” featured on Beyoncé’s Lemonade; “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus; “Pour It Up” by Rihanna; “Juice” by Lizzo; “Locked Away” by R. City and Adam Levine; “Shower” by Becky G; and “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls; among many others.