Thomas Youngblood | guitars
Born May 29th in Richmond, Virginia. At the age of 12, after the death of his father, Youngblood moved from Virginia to Florida where he started learning to play guitar at age 15. He had played saxophone in the school band before that, learning to read music and introduded to jazz and ensemble. Shortly after his move he began playing in his first band with school mates from the neighborhood. Mostly covers of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. “I remember wanting to make my own riffs almost immediately after learning the guitar, so I bought a Fostex X15 and a drum machine and starting writing songs after a year of playing guitar,” States Thomas
With Kamelot, Youngblood played multiple headliner tours during the last 20 years in America, Asia, Australia and Europe and some of the biggest festivals like Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, Sonisphere Festival, and Rock am Ring.
– Personal life –
Youngblood lives in Tampa with his wife Mari, a soprano vocalist. Mari Youngblood made appearances as guest artist on Kamelot’s Epica and The Black Halo, as well as live appearances in 2007 and on the live DVD One Cold Winter’s Night.
The voice of their daughter Annelise appears in “Soul Society” (The Black Halo) and the nursery rhyme of “Sacrimony” (Silverthorn). Thomas’s son Thomas Dalton appears on the new album The Shadow Theory on the song “Burns to Embrace”.
His main inspirations are varied and range from metal to new age. In addition to playing guitar, Youngblood plays drums, saxophone and keyboard.