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

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