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This Issue’s Contributors

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Michael J Thomas (“Destin’s #1 Billboard Charting Artist Talks Music’s Biggest Night”) has released two full albums and two maxi-singles nationally. The latest, Driven, led the saxophonist and vocalist to sign a distribution deal for the project with Sony Music.


The lead radio single “Baby Coffee” charted at #1 on three national radio charts, including Billboard (four consecutive weeks!), USA Today, and Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler. Michael’s music has been featured on Sirius XM’s Watercolors, The Weather Channel, the Warner Bros. film Contagion starring Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne, as well as radio stations across the globe. He has recorded with two-time Grammy® winning producer Paul Brown.


Michael is a current member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which votes on Grammy® nominations. You can see and hear him at his residency gig at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin Wednesdays through Saturdays “upon availability.” Learn more at

Juan Francisco Adaro (Cover) was born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His passion for art began when he was old enough to pick up a pencil, and since then, he’s won all sorts of awards and been featured on the Beachcomber’s cover more times than we can remember. Visit his Santa Rosa Beach gallery and learn more about this remarkable artist at

Clay Jones (Cartoons) syndicates his cartoons daily to publications across the country. Clay was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and was raised in Louisiana, Illinois, California and Georgia. He currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Subscribe to the Claytoonz YouTube channel and watch Clay Jones create his masterpieces and demystify the whole cartooning thing.

Seagrove Beach resident Nikki Hedrick (The Record Roundup) is a photographer and longtime Beachcomber contributor. She is the co-owner of 850 Music and Entertainment, and wears a few other hats, too. Nikki is currently gearing up for beach wedding season and wonders if anyone can own too many concert t-shirts.

Samantha Lambert (Beachcomberland Places) writes: “Very happy to be two years back in the Sunshine State! Enjoying traveling with my husband and spending a lot of time out in the fresh air at various events and festivals.”

Dr. David C. Simmons (Movie Reviews) is a professor of Film Studies and Humanities at Northwest Florida State College. He received his Ph.D. in Humanities and Film Studies from Florida State University in 2005. He is also the faculty advisor of the NWFS Film Club and the NWFSC Gay-Straight Alliance.


David is currently writing several books, including two on nonviolence. In his spare time, he enjoys watching films, conducting choirs, singing with the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, and being an advocate for social justice.

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