The BEST strings!!


My dear friend and favorite singer,
Vaneese Thomas
returns with a CD dedicated to her father, the legendary Rufus Thomas!

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Vaneese Thomas carries the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B. The daughter of the legendary musician Rufus Thomas, who began in Vaudeville and continued for half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. She is a member of the hit recording ensemble “Memphis Queen” with siblings Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist Marvell Thomas. Vaneese is a sought-after solo performer and a first-call vocalist for projects by Phil Ramone, Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, among others.She has sung with the Baltimore and Colorado Symphonies in “Too Hot to Handel” under the baton of Marin Alsop. Geffen Records released Vaneese’s first major recording in 1987 - Top Ten R & B hit "Let's Talk it Over." In 1999 she released "When My Back's Against The Wall", a gospel crossover hailed by Billboard Magazine as "a small label masterpiece that begs for attention from savvy majors." Her newest album, "Soul Sister Vol. One" is a collection of seminal soul classics. The CD and live show pay tribute to some of the original soul sisters and honor the historical value of this irrepressible music. In film and television, she was the voice of Grace the Bass on the PBS series “Shining Time Station” and Clio the Muse, Goddess of History, in Disney’s Hercules. She has sung on numerous film soundtracks including Anastasia, Mighty Aphrodite and The First Wives Club. TV appearances include David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and NBC's Today. Vaneese has produced recordings, created vocal arrangements, and written songs for Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell, Melba Moore, and Diana Ross, who scored a Top Ten hit in the United Kingdom with Vaneese’s “One Shining Moment.” She helped found the Swarthmore College Gospel Choir and continues to direct the Alumni Gospel Choir.


Check out my interview in
GLOBAL BASS magazine

The great bassist
Carol Kaye


Drummer Ray Marchica

Bassist Tony Senatore

Singer Tommy McDonnell

Singer Jill Hughes

Guitarist Jeffrey Lee Campbell

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