The music business is a passion for Brian Thomas, also known as Ca$hou$ Clay, and it has been since his childhood.
He can remember winning talent shows his mom would enter him and his three sisters in when he was about 5 years old.
“We were always on-stage,” he said. “It was just in our blood.”
By the time he was 12, Thomas was in the studio recording music.
He produced music for the group Da Girlz, which consisted of his sister Kimberly “Isis” Thomas and his cousin Trena Butler. He also was featured in songs.
After graduating from Strom Thurmond High School in 2000, he went to Aiken Technical College and studied computer technology, which helped him to begin EGB Entertainment in 2005 in Edgefield.
In 2002, he had his first album, The Main Event.
“It did so good, I dropped another CD the same year called Street Fight Part 2: The Main Event,” he said. “I had to feed off the energy.”
Thomas writes and produces all of his material.
“I do pretty much everything, engineer it and record it,” he said.
Some popular names have come through his studio, such as Khujo from the group Goody Mob, which featured Cee Lo Green of The Voice.
Though hip-hop is Thomas’ style, he records R&B, gospel, alternative and other genres.
Thomas has a new album coming out at the end of April, My 9 to 5, with a new approach – no cussing.
“Nowadays you can barely hear a clean CD,” he said. “I want people to know you can have the same message without vulgar words in every sentence.”
He hopes cleaning up the CD will allow his music to reach more audiences.
He also had a hip-hop CD come out April 3 with artist J-Set called The Campaign.
Thomas said his inspiration for music is his business manager and co-owner, Eve Thomas, his mother.
“She has always been into music,” he said. “She heard me playing on a Casio, went to the store and came back with a keyboard. She put it in my face and said make some music, and within about two days, I had made about six beats off it.”
Creating music is his God-given talent, he said.
Thomas’ future outlook is to keep his independent label successful and produce more major artists. He said his wife of two years, Teena, keeps him motivated.
Brian has collected several local awards, including 2007 CSRA Producer of the Year and Song of the Year in 2008 for Right Now.
For more information about Thomas, visit www.egbentertainment.bandcamp.com, search Facebook for Brian Cashous Clay Thomas or follow him on Twitter at mrsoufcak.