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

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