Thornley, Ian

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Ian Thornley is a rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He has released music as a solo artist and with the band Big Wreck and Thornley. He has also played as a sessional musician for other recording artists.

Thornley grew up in Toronto, and left for Boston to study Jazz music at the Berklee College of Music in the 1990’s. During his studies, he met David Henning, Brian Doherty, and Forrest Williams, and eventually formed the band Big Wreck in 1993. After signing a US record deal, they released their first album In Loving Memory Of...(1997), then later The Pleasure and the Greed(2001). The band broke up shortly thereafter, but Thornley just began to look elsewhere to continue his career in music.

After leaving Big Wreck, Thornley worked as a sessional musician. In 2002, he formed the band Thornley and released two albums. 2012 became an important year, and Big Wreck came back, and released their third album. As of 2019, Big Wreck has released a total of six albums.


Toronto, Ontario

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Created August 9, 2019




Christie, Rod. "Big Wreck." Canadian Musician 23, no.4 (July 2001): 34-37,

Laing, Rob. “Ian Thornley talks Secrets, guitar gear and nearly joining Velvet Revolver.” Music Radar. Last updated March 17, 2016.

Ruddock, Jimmy. “An Interview with Ian Thornley.” Cosmo Music. Last updated February 13, 2017.

Sofee, Rocco. “Interview: Vocalist/Guitarist Ian Thornley Discusses Auditioning for Velvet Revolver and Reuniting with Big Wreck.” Guitar World. Last updated December 3, 2012.

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