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Vaneese Thomas: A Tribute to the Women of Soul |

A Tribute to the Women of Soul upbeat musical, historical and social performance of pioneering women in R and B from the 50s, to the southern soul of the 60s and 70s, peppered with personal stories of these artists influence on Vaneese & the hardships of African Americans during segregation. Featured songs include Etta James – “Tell Mama”, Aretha Franklin – “Never Loved A Man” ”Since You’ve Been Gone” Tina Turner – “Nutbush”.
“With righteous interpretations of sophisticated soul classics, Vaneese Thomas reminds us: she’s the real deal!” -  Paul Shaffer
 

Vaneese Thomas, The Women of Soul

“A Tribute to Women of Soul” is a musical, historical and social presentation of pioneering women in R and B. It’s an upbeat show that swings from the 50s into the southern soul of the 60s and 70s and shows rural influences and gritty urban instrumentation. “A Tribute to Women of Soul” captures not only the spirit of the times in music but tells backstories of Vaneese’s relationship to these women and their influence on her as an artist. Some are personal and reflect the hardships of African Americans during segregation. Featured songs include Etta James – “Tell Mama”, Aretha Franklin – “Never Loved A Man” ”Since You’ve Been Gone” Tina Turner – “Nutbush” and others.

Vaneese Thomas creates a genuine atmosphere where the legacy of this incredible music thrives.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Vaneese is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, whose legendary career as a musician and entertainer began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist and producer, Marvell Thomas.

Embracing this remarkable musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, a music that has touched several generations and crossed many divides. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience ­– R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.

Highly regarded within the music industry, Vaneese’s talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor have made her a sought-after solo performer as well as a first-call vocalist for projects by other top-name artists. She has worked with the renowned recording producer Phil Ramone and has sung with an astonishing array of internationally known performers including Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Dr. John and numerous others.

Vaneese’s vocal career has taken her to concerts and festivals around the world. She has sung with the Baltimore and Colorado Symphonies in “Too Hot to Handel” under the baton of Marin Alsop and at:



• several Pavarotti & Friends concerts in Modena, Italy

• the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland

• the Michael Jackson & Friends concerts with Luther Vandross in Seoul, Korea, and Munich,Germany

• and soul music festivals in Porretta, Narni, and Perugia, Italy.

Geffen Records released Vaneese’s first major recording in 1987. The self-titled album included the Top Ten R & B hit “Let’s Talk it Over.” In 1999 Vaneese used her own Peaceful Waters Music label to release 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.” Following a few years later was A Woman’s Love, which combined R & B and silky, smooth-jazz vocals. Vaneese then released Soul Sister Vol. One, a collection of seminal soul classics. The CD, and the live show Vaneese has created from it, both pay tribute to some of the original soul sisters and honor the historical value of this irrepressible music.



Vaneese’s current release Blues For My Father has taken the Blues world by storm! Ranking #1 for September 2014 in France , #7 in the US for 2014 and garnering 2 BMA award nominations for 2014.



In addition to concerts and recordings, Vaneese has worked extensively 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 “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “NBC’s Today.”



Vaneese has also 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.



Vaneese lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and producing partner Wayne Warnecke. Her songs are available on numerous download sites worldwide including iTunes and Amazon.


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Date

Venue

Location

Tickets

9/08/2017 Halloran Centre at the Orpheum
Vaneese Thomas with special guest Carla Thomas
Memphis , TN
12/16/2017 - 12/18/2017 SUNY Purchase
Purchase , NY
12/22/2017 - 12/23/2017 Colorado Symphony
Denver, CO
"A Tribute to Women of Soul" is a musical, historical and social presentation of pioneering women in Rand B. It captures not only the spirit of the times in music but tells backstories of Vaneese's relationship to these women and their influence on her as an artist. Some are personal and reflect the hardships of African Americans during segregation.

 

It's an upbeat show that swings from the 50s into the southern soul of the 60s and 70s and shows rural influences and gritty urban instrumentation. Vaneese creates a genuine atmosphere where this legacy thrives. To quote Paul Shaffer "she's the real deal!"

Label Info

Segue Records
Wayne Warnecke
914-764-8714
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Publicity Info

Betsie Brown
901-268-6065
info@blindraccoon.com
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Artist Management

Barry Bookin Management 
Barry Bookin 
818-999-0622
bookinbarry@gmail.com
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