Tracy Thornton, Steel Pandemic Records founder and CEO, creator and brainchild of “Pan Rocks” and LoveCat Music recording artist, has been performing as a professional steelpannist for more than 20 years. Thornton is also a full-time composer, arranger, producer and performer — averaging more than 150 performances annually. As a popular national and international guest artist/clinician for many universities, colleges, public schools and community steel bands, Thornton brings with him his innovative steel pan style, his wealth of knowledge as a musician, and his insights and experiences on the realities of the music business. And, with 12 solo CDs under his belt, many of Thornton’s fresh and exciting compositions have become performance favorites for steel bands throughout the U.S. and around the world. Combine all of that with Tracy’s engaging and dynamic personality and you have a winning formula that is inspiring a new generation of pan players.
Thornton has performed all over the continental U.S., as well as Hawaii, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada and throughout the Caribbean. He has also performed in several annual Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago, including Panorama — the world’s largest steel band competition, and with Phase II, Potential Symphony, NGC Couva Joylanders, Lavantille’s Uni Stars and Tobago’s Hope Pan Groove. ¬
Thornton has been featured in Spin magazine, Modern Drummer, Global Rhythm, Billboard Online and MTV.com. His internationally acclaimed “Pan For Punks, A Steelpan Tribute to The Ramones” CD was voted as one of the top 10 CDs of 2006 by Global Rhythm magazine.
Thornton’s music has also been featured in television shows including CBS’ drama “NCIS LA”, Comedy Central’s hit “Workaholics”, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and a Trini Tunes cartoon short “De Wild Meat Famalee”.
Thornton is also well known as the founder and director of the nationally-renowned youth steel band “Sons of Steel,” which quickly gain a reputation as the Nation’s Most Exciting Steel Drum Band during its four-year run. Sons of Steel toured with the original Wailer’s Band and performed at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, as well as with Trinidad and Tobago’s soca king Machel Montano, Iwer George and Shadow, to name a few. Sons of Steel also performed on Univision’s Variety show “SabadoGigante,” which has more than 100 million viewers worldwide.
Tracy is also the founder of “Pan Rocks!”, a creative endeavor that combines his first love (rock music) with pan. He has recorded and released “Pan Rocks” and “Pan Rocks II…Pan Bangerz Ball” where you’ll hear your favorite rock and heavy metal classic all done in a thunderous steelpan style! “Pan Rocks” concerts have performed at PASIC 2015 with 75 players-strong, in addition to the KoSA Drum Camp 2015 with John Blackwell of Prince/Justin Timberlake, and South Carolina’s PAS Day with over 100 steelpannists and the famed drummer Greg Bissonette.