Thomas Sawada is . . .

THOMAS SAWADA is a guitarist, singer, ukulele player, music producer, FM Deejay and novelist from Toronto Canada. He graduated the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and majored in Film/Film Soundtrack and later Ryerson University in Architecture.


He currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and had debuted from Mercury Music Entertainment in 1996 as a singer, guitarist and songwriter for the jazz funk band UNLIMITED EDITION. They released their debut album PLEASURE from Mercury Music Entertainment in Japan and were very popular on the tropical island of Okinawa.


Since then he had excelled as a guitarist, singer, producer, arranger and songwriter for many artists (Yuji Oda, Hiroshi Tachi, Aya Sugimoto, Johnny Okura, Hiro Tsunoda,  etc ) as well as films (Abunai Deka, White Out, Out of this World etc White Out was the highest grossing Japanese movie in history at the time of its release). He also participated in projects involving global artists such as members of the Kid Creole Band, Lonnie Plaxico, Stephen Stanley, Take 4, and award winning producers Craig Leon and Ray Hayden. 


THOMAS released his first solo album BETWEEN US from Cafe Soul Records in 2013. Recently THOMAS released an ukulele based CD called PAKUCHI from Elec Records with the band TOWALELE.


Musically, his influences range from jazz, blues, R&B, funk, rock, folk, to reggae and latin. His favourite artists include Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, BB King, Santana, Gladys Knight, Pat Metheny, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Stevie Ray Vaughn (many more) 


Thomas is also an FM Radio personality with 4 syndicated shows on 86.8FM HELLO HAPPY in North Tokyo. 


THOMAS has just released his first novel ACCIDENTAL MOSAIC in Japanese, with the English version set to be released in late November.


THOMAS was raised in Toronto, Canada, the most multicultural city in the world, in a community that is the most diverse even by Toronto standards. Flemingdon Park is known as the most multicultural square mile on Earth. He grew up around many cultures, religions and languages which deeply influenced his outlook and philosophy on life. His novel, ACCIDENTAL MOSAIC represent those views.