John Michael Thomas aka Mickey Thomas (born December 3, 1949, Cairo, Georgia) is an American singer, formally the lead singer of Starship. He was inspired to take part in music after seeing a Beatles performance in 1965. He travelled to Atlanta with long time childhood friends Charles Connell, Lewis Oliver, Tommy Verran, and Walter Wight. Thomas, Connell, and Verran wound up in their first rock and roll band together. Verran was the lead singer at the time. They split up to go to different colleges but later reformed in the early 1970s along with friend Bud Thomas as the "Jets"