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

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