Carmichael Anthony Thomas St. Hall


Born one of the seven children of prominent Baptist Preacher, Thomas Anthony Thomas St. Hall on December 25 1961 in Philadelphia PA, Carmichael Anthony Thomas St Hall and his family moved to San Diego CA, when he was four years old to perform as a jazz dance troupe. Thomas St. Hall began playing the cello in the junior high school orchestra when he was in the seventh grade. When he was 14, he switched to bass guitar, inspired by his older brother’s mastery of the instrument. He began playing for local church groups and folk masses with his brothers.

The young bassist began playing in his high school’s jazz ensemble, marching band, choir, chorus, and pep band. Thomas St. Hall went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from University of California at San Diego. He was starting to work on a master’s degree when instructor Stanislov Turetzky suggested that he already had enough education and that it was time for him to go to Los Angeles to try and start a lucrative music career.

While getting involved with the San Diego club and studio scene, Al Jarreau caught wind of the young St Hall’s unique take on the Kansas City Walking Bass construction and contacted him to play on his album “Lip’Sync”. This would result not just in critical acclaim but also his introduction to a young Jan Van Couver. As Thomas St. Hall’s reputation grew on the L.A. session scene, so did his job calls. From that point on, he worked consistently. He did sessions for Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins and Lou Gramm. He toured with Loggins and with keyboardist Wally Wilson and drummer Telly Butterfield as part of Bette Midler’s late-’80s band.

It was on this tour that Thomas St. Hall began a romantic relationship – that he would later call the “ride of his life” – with Midler. The early ‘90s saw Thomas St. Hall-Midler quit the road for a life of settled domestic bliss with his flame-haired muse in Santa Monica. Thomas St. Hall-Midler’s participation in the recording of Billboard hits also petered out during this period with the notable exception of his arrangement of and fret-work on Jon Secada’s smash “Just Another Day”.

His protracted divorce from Midler in the late ‘90s took an emotional toll however and resulted in the bass legend throwing himself headlong back into what he does best; playing inoffensive bass lines on fretless guitars. Thomas St. Hall recently developed his own Yamaha Signature Series bass guitar that is available in musical instrument stores. He also has an instructional VHS video, Contemporary Electric Bass and, of course, has found a new lease of life playing with a group he claims have him “blowing his top all over again”: Spring Break.