Son of a Church of God minister, into a life where all manner of pleasure was deemed evil and strict segregation of the sexes was the order of the day, Thorn began his music career at age three, playing tambourine in Dad's tent revivals. He absorbed the gospel music of the black churches and the rich musical heritage of his home region. Thorn is still deeply religious, but not in a hellfire-and-brimstone way; songs like "Downtown Babylon" and "Rocks" get under your skin, rather than in your face.
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