Thursday, August 27, 2009

Vaneese Thomas - Tonight at Arts on the Lake

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Vaneese Thomas Women of Soul R & B

Thursday, August 27, 6-8 pm.

The Lake Carmel Cultural Center's Summer Concert Series finishes its first season with Vaneese Thomas, renowned blues and soul singer. The show takes place indoors or outdoors (depending on the weather) and tickets are available at the Arts on the Lake website. The show starts at 6PM and you should be there! 

From Segue Records:

    Born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas, Vaneese Thomas has cultivated her own style by blending all the influences of her background-R&B, gospel, blues and jazz. Regarded by many industry insiders as an accomplished performer, songwriter, producer, and actress, Vaneese is above all…a vocalist extraordinaire!

    Vaneese has worked with an array of internationally known performers including Sting, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Chaka Kahn, Luther Vandross, Joe Cocker, k.d. lang, Jonathan Butler, Jewel, Celine Dion, Joan Osborne, Annie Lennox and Patti Austin. Vaneese has produced recordings, created vocal arrangements, and/or written songs for Austin as well as Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell and Melba Moore.

    In 1987 Geffen Records released Vaneese, which included the Top Ten R&B hit, "Let's Talk It Over," followed by Many Voices in 1993. Vaneese's movie soundtrack credits include Mighty Aphrodite (1995), The First Wives Club (1996), and the Oscar-nominated, Seraglio (2000), among others. In 1995, Diana Ross scored a Top Ten hit in the UK with "One Shining Moment," a song written by Vaneese. In 1999, Vaneese's When My Back's Against The Wall, a gospel/crossover record, was released on her own Peaceful Waters Music label. Billboard Magazine hailed the record as, "A small label masterpiece that begs for attention from savvy majors."

    From 1990 to 1996, Vaneese appeared as Grace the Bass on the PBS series Shining Time Station, and in 1997 was recruited to be the singing/speaking voice of Clio, Goddess of History, in the Disney production Hercules. Her other TV appearances include the Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and NBC's Today.

    Discover Vaneese Thomas's 2003 recording A Woman's Love and you'll know immediately that Vaneese is an exciting and multi-talented artist who sings it like she feels it, with heart, soul and effortless grace.

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