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Carl Thomas

A gifted R&B singer whose cool but passionate style is a solid match for his flexible vocal abilities, Carl Thomas was born in Aurora, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) on June 15, 1972. After graduating from high school, Thomas moved to Chicago to pursue a career in music, and for a while sang with a vocal group called the Fourmula, who scored a minor hit in 1994 with the tune "Pass It Over." In the mid-'90s, Thomas relocated to Brooklyn, New York, and began playing open-mike nights and showcase gigs in hopes of making a name for himself as a solo artist. In 1997, Thomas was spotted at one such performance by Sean "Puffy" Combs (aka P Diddy and Puff Daddy), who liked what he heard and promptly signed the singer to his Bad Boy Entertainment label. Initially, Thomas sang R&B-styled backups on sessions for hip-hop acts such as the Notorious B.I.G., the LOX, LL Cool J, N.O.R.E., and Puff Daddy, and it wasn't until 2000 that Thomas' first full-length album, Emotional, was released. On the strength of the hit singles "I Wish" and "Summer Rain," Emotional sold over a million copies, but it would be four years (marked by plenty of touring and many more guest spots on albums by others) before Thomas released his follow-up. The timing of 2004's Let's Talk About It proved unfortunate; Thomas' brother died as the result of a drive-by shooting shortly before it came out, and the singer opted not to tour as he dealt with the emotional fallout, which compromised the album's promotional campaign. In time, Thomas dissolved his relationship with Bad Boy, and he was briefly signed to Interscope, contributing vocals to "Dumpin'," a track on the posthumous 2Pac album Pac's Life, released in 2006. That same year, Thomas joined Yolanda Adams, Chaka Khan, and Gerald Levert to record the song "Everyday (Family Reunion)" for the movie Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion; the performance earned a Grammy nomination. In 2007, Thomas' third album, So Much Better, was released by the independent Umbrella label. In early 2011, Thomas signed a new deal with Verve Music, and his fourth album, Conquer, was released in December of that year. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Carl Thomas

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    4 songs

    Top R&B

    Top R&B
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    2 songs

Albums by
Carl Thomas

Top Songs by
Carl Thomas

  1.   Song
  2.   I Wish
  3.   Emotional
  4.   Summer Rain
  5.   Don't Kiss Me
  6.   Make It Alright
  7.   Lady Lay Your Body
  8.   Come to Me
  9.   Angels
  10.   Thought You Should Know
  11.   Woke Up in the Morning
  12.   My Valentine
  13.   She Is
  14.   My First Love
  15.   Anything
  16.   Supastar
  17.   If You Ever
  18.   Giving You All My Love
  19.   Round 2
  20.   Can't Get Over
  21.   Say I Do
  22.   Home
  23.   If That Ain't Love
  24.   Special Lady
  25.   Hey Now
  26.   Intro
  27.   I'm Going Home
  28.   It Ain't Fair
  29.   Conquer
  30.   Get You Back (Interlude)
  31.   So Much Better
  32.   How Can We
  33.   I Miss You (Interlude)
  34.   Oh No (You Can't Be Serious)
  35.   Late Night Rendezvous
  36.   That's What You Are (Interlude)
  37.   All My Love (Interlude)
  38.   All You've Given
  39.   But Me
  40.   A Promise
  41.   Dreamer
  42.   Know It's Alright (Interlude)
  43.   You Ain't Right
  44.   Trouble Won't Last (Interlude)
  45.   Cold, Cold World
  46.   Broken
  47.   It Is What It Is
  48.   It's Not the Same
  49.   Work It Out
  50.   Let Me Know
  51.   Rebound
  52.   Your Last Goodbye
  53.   It's Time
  54.   In This Life
  55.   I'm so Sorry
  56.   The Night Is Yours
  57.   2 Pieces
  58.   Cadillac Rap (Interlude)
  59.   Sweet Delite
  60.   So Lonely at Night
  61.   Right Now
  62.   Running
  63.   Long Distance Love Affair
  64.   Another You
  65.   Somethin' Bout You
  66.   The Baby Maker
  67.   Let's Talk About It (Interlude)
  68.   Sweet Love
  69.   If I Could (Interlude)
  70.   Before This Night is Over
  71.   You & Me Together

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