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

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