Thomas McClary, legendary 7 time Grammy award-winning founder of the world-renowned funk/soul band The Commodores, and creator of what many refer to as their signature sound that includes platinum hits “Brick House,” “Easy,” and “Three Times a Lady.”
 Thomas is available to discuss his new memoir Rock & Soul, a riveting, rousing, and outright inspiring intimate portrait of his life. Rock & Soul is an intense and inspirational story of a man that redefines the notion of dreaming beyond your front door, to discover the deepest layers of yourself, and the need to walk in power, passion, and purpose.
The Civil Rights Movement provided the ultimate backdrop that thrusted McClary into an early life of activism and historical triumphs as the first black student to integrate Lake County Public Schools in his hometown of Eustis, Florida. Reared with a tremendous work ethic, he arose from the concrete of societal imposed standards with fervor for life, family, and music.

Countless hours with his guitar, and blood, sweat, and tears became synonymous with crafting a sound that intricately fused rhythm and blues, funk and rock, pop and jazz, and moved audiences to undeniable emotion with a language that knew no barriers – music. Signed to Motown, under the tutelage of musical mastermind Berry Gordy, and amidst the pleasures and perils of the entertainment industry, there were no records or rules that could not be broken. In the midst of discovering divine purpose, McClary experienced an atmospheric shift that changed the trajectory of his commitment to community, music, and family, giving him a new perspective on life and the way in which it should be lived.

Rock & Soul reveals riveting stories including:
  • Thomas McClary was the first African American to integrate Lake County Public Schools in Eustis, Florida. Amidst the civil rights movement and formidable racial tension, McClary walked in power and boldness to become the first black student to enter the doors of a Lake County school. There, he fought to open doors of opportunity for himself and a new generation of black students to receive an education that was equitable.
  • Thomas McClary created what is referred today as the signature sound. As a lifelong musician, McClary, changed the trajectory of American music by composing musical arrangements that set trends for musical arrangements, past, present and future.
  • This musical genius can be heard in many songs but is noted as the “best solo performance of all time” in the classic “Easy.”
  • Thomas McClary is reigned as a humanitarian for music. After orchestrating collaborations with the likes of American Music Executive, Clarence Avant, American Television Producer, Suzanne DePasse, Professional Sports Athlete and Entrepreneur, Earvin Magic Johnson and fellow band member Lionel Richie, McClary has worked diligently to create opportunities of success for himself and every musician in whom he has come into contact with.