Singer, songwriter and industry veteran Vaneese Thomas launched her new album Blues for My Father at The Cutting Room on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Guests enjoyed listening to Vaneese’s soulful Blues songs while dining at the venue’s candlelit tables. Notable attendees included actress Sean Young, and musicians Will Lee and Shawn Pelton.
Vaneese brought down the house with songs from Blues for My Father which includes “10 X The Man You Are”, “When My Baby Gets Home” and “Corner of Heartache and Pain”.
Blues for My Father is the first of Vaneese’s five albums to feature blues, showing further depth from this versatile singer. She digs deep and taps into her southern heritage to bring forth a roots album that is both authentic and true. Every track adds to the blues and soul legacy that is hers to claim. Vaneese dedicated this album to her legendary father, whose work will never be forgotten.
The album, which launched June 2014 is published by Segue Records and available on iTunes, features collaborations with Carla Thomas, Buddy Williams, Marvell Thomas, Lisa Fischer, Kirk Whalum, Will Lee, Shawn Pelton, Paul Shaffer, Fonzi Thornton and Alan Gorrie.
Vaneese has a career of profound talent and has worked to-date with Aretha Franklin, Phil Ramone, Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Paul Shaffer, Melba Moore, Eric Clapton, Patti Austin, John Fogerty, Freddie Jackson, Bob James and Kirk Whalum, among others.
ABOUT VANEESE THOMAS
Born in Memphis, TN, Vaneese is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, whose legendary career as a musician (“Walking the Dog” and “The Breakdown”) and entertainer began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. Her siblings are the hit recording artist Carla Thomas (“Gee Whiz”) and the respected keyboardist Marvell Thomas. Embracing her musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B. At the same time she has combined the many influences of her background and experiences – R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate style all her own. TV appearances include “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “NBC’s Today.” Vaneese 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 iTunes and Amazon and at select retail stores.
For more information about Vaneese Thomas, visit www.vaneesethomas.com.