Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas (born February 14, 1972) is an American rock recording artist and songwriter. He is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist. Thomas earned three Grammy awards for co-writing and singing on the Carlos Santana triple-platinum hit "Smooth", on the album Supernatural in 1999.He has also lent his songwriting talents to such artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry.Since 1995, his band has released a string of hit singles to radio including "Push", "3 A.M.", "Real World", "Back 2 Good", "Bent", "If You're Gone", "Mad Season", "Disease", "Unwell", "Bright Lights", "How Far We've Come", and "She's So Mean". In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Thomas its first Starlight Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry.Marriage and childrenThomas has a son named Maison (born July 10, 1998) from a previous relationship.Thomas married Marisol Maldonado on October 2, 1999. The couple currently live in Bedford, New York. They also have a home on Lake Marion in Manning, South Carolina.Charity workThe Thomases are committed animal lovers and supporters of animal charities. Thomas and his wife have established the Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization created to help needy people in and around America’s big cities by partnering with various charities to assist people who cannot afford medical care, and animals that have been abandoned or abused. Politically, Thomas considers himself a "fairly liberal guy," and has written in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage on the blog The Huffington Post.Thomas is a strong supporter of gay rights. He wrote about why he supports same sex marriage in a 2009 Huffington Post blog titled "The Big Gay Chip on My Shoulder". He closed the article by writing, "Each of us has a short ride on this earth and as long as we stay in our lane, and don't affect someone else's ride, we should be allowed to drive as we see fit."Thomas is also known for his affection and advocacy for cannabis.