Carl Thomas (singer)

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Carl Thomas
Thomas performs at the Legends of Bad Boy concert in Beverly Hills, California in 2014.
Thomas performs at the Legends of Bad Boy concert in Beverly Hills, California in 2014.
Background information
Birth nameCarlton Neron Thomas
Born (1972-06-15) June 15, 1972 (age 48)
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
GenresR&B, urban, adult contemporary
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active1997–present
LabelsBad Boy (1997–2005)
Bungalo (2006–10)
Verve Forecast (2011-14)
Associated acts
Websitecarlthomaslive.com

Carlton Neron Thomas[1] (born June 15, 1972) is an American R&B singer.

Biography[edit]

Thomas was born in Aurora, Illinois[2] and attended East Aurora High School.[3] He sang around Chicago and became a member of The Fourmula. He branched out, however, and traveled to New York, where he sang at clubs during open-mic nights. One such performance caught the eye of Sean "Puffy" Combs, who signed Thomas to Bad Boy Entertainment in 1997.[2]

Career[edit]

With the single "I Wish" released in late 1999, topping the R&B charts for six consecutive weeks, creating strong interest. Emotional, his debut album was released on April 18, 2000. On the strength of this single, and the album's other singles, "Summer Rain" at #18, which also appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film version of Shaft, and the title track "Emotional" at #8 on the R&B charts, the album was certified platinum with over 1 million in sales. Later rapper Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" interpolated Thomas' "I Wish" on his 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. He sung in the track "Everyday" on The Understanding (Memphis Bleek album).

His second album, Let's Talk About It, was released on March 23, 2004. Although two singles – "She Is" and "Let's Talk About It" – were released, they charted poorly. Lack of promotion caused by the death of Thomas's brother Duranthony Evans, who was killed in a drive-by on Halloween night on Aurora's east side was a contributing factor.[4] This devastated Thomas, causing him to take a sabbatical from his music and the promotion of the album. The album was highly anticipated due to the length of time that had passed since Emotional but was not well received by fans. In 2005, Thomas was featured on R&B singer Amerie's second album Touch, on the ninth track, entitled "Can We Go".

On the 2006 2Pac album Pac's Life, he was featured beside Hussein Fatal and Papoose on the track "Dumpin'".

On December 7, 2006, Thomas earned a Grammy Award nomination, along with Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, and the late Gerald Levert, for "Everyday (Family Reunion)", a song from the soundtrack of Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion. The song received a nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocals.

His third album, So Much Better, was released May 30, 2007, and reached number 25 on the US Billboard 200.[5]

His last contract was with Verve Music Group. Thomas' last album entitled Conquer was released on December 6, 2011. The first single was "Don't Kiss Me", which featured Snoop Dogg and was written and produced by Rico Love.

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Thomas' brother was killed in a drive-by shooting shortly before Let's Talk About It came out.[6] His brother was a corrections officer at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles before his death.[7] The singer cancelled his tour to deal with his brother's death[2] and his record label established the Duranthony Evans Foundation in his memory.[7] In 2019, Thomas underwent a surgical procedure to remove a noncancerous tumor in his salivary glands.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Certifications
US
[9]
US
R&B

[9]
Emotional
  • Released: April 18, 2000
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9 2
Let's Talk About It
  • Released: March 23, 2004
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 2
  • RIAA: Gold
So Much Better
  • Released: May 30, 2007
  • Label: Bungalo
  • Formats: CD, digital download
25 2
Conquer
  • Released: December 6, 2011
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • Formats: CD, digital download
165 21

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[10] Album
US US
R&B
2000 "Summer Rain" 80 18 Emotional
"I Wish" 20 1
"Emotional" 47 8
2001 "Can't Believe" (with Faith Evans) 56 14 The Saga Continues.../Faithfully
2004 "She Is" (featuring LL Cool J) 56 Let's Talk About It
"Make It Alright" 33
2007 "2 Pieces" 63 So Much Better
2011 "Don't Kiss Me" 54 Conquer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Let's Talk About It". warnerchappell.com. Warner Music Group. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  2. ^ a b c "Carl Thomas | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  3. ^ Crosby, Denise. "R&B star and Aurora native to perform hometown 'unity concert'". Aurora Beacon-News. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  4. ^ "Topic Galleries". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  5. ^ Katie Hasty, "T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney", Billboard, June 13, 2007.
  6. ^ "Carl Thomas Explains Why He Turned Down TV One's "Unsung"". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  7. ^ a b Tribune, Chicago. "R&B singer tells of pain from loss". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Singer Carl Thomas Undergoes Surgery To Remove Non Cancerous Tumor". theJasmineBRAND. 2019-07-02. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  9. ^ a b https://www.billboard.com/music/carl-thomas/chart-history/
  10. ^ "Carl Thomas US chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-10-16.

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