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

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