Carl Thomas (singer)
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Thomas performs at the Legends of Bad Boy concert in Beverly Hills, California in 2014. 20th year BadBoy Reunion tour. Sept 1- Oct 3, 2016
|Birth name||Carlton Neron Thomas|
|Born||June 15, 1972|
|Origin||Aurora, Illinois, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, urban, adult contemporary|
|Labels||Bad Boy (1999–2005)
Verve Forecast (2011–2014)
Thomas attended East Aurora High School. He sang around Chicago in the Church C.O.G.I.C. then attended U.N.A.C (the national convention) and befriended Troy Taylor[disambiguation needed] Song Book ent. Taylor convinced Thomas to branch out, and move to New York in the early 90's. Carl was quickly signed to Sony Music Group as a songwriter by Hank Caldwell Thomas wrote the song Sweet Lady used by Tyrese, and Love in an Elevator for Johnny Gill The dream continued for Carl, he began getting work as a background singer Luther Vandros & New Edition. Never losing the dream of becoming an artist himself Thomas later co-founded the r&b group The Formula, And signed his first major label deal as an Artist for Epic records. Later dropped by Epic (with a chain of command change) Carl continued to sing at clubs during open-mic nights all over NY with Ron Grant. One such performance caught the eye of Sean "Puffy" Combs, & Christopher "Biggie" Wallace, who signed Thomas to his 4th record deal with Bad Boy Entertainment in 1997.
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 1.7 million in sales.Carl Thomas received an N.A.A.C.P Image Award in 2001 Jill Scott Nominated, Musiq Soulchild was also Nominated. Carl Thomas received his first Grammy Award Nomination for the song " Can't Believe"featuring label mate Faith Evans in 2002. Later rapper Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" featuring Jay-z interpolated Thomas' "I Wish" on his 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia.
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. 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 still selling over 780k copies. In 2005, Thomas was featured on R&B singer Amerie's sophomore 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 his 2nd 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. with the songs "Home" produced by famed producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flytime & "If you ever" written by C.Thomas and Mike City produced byBrian Michael Cox also featured songs with Brandy E-40 , & Lalah Hathaway
Carl Thomas signed to Verve Music Group. Thomas released his 4th album entitled Conquer on December 6, 2011. The first single was "Don't Kiss Me", which featured Snoop Dogg and was written and produced by Rico Love and "Round Two" produced by Andre Harris
|2004||Let's Talk About It ||4||2|
|2007||So Much Better ||25||2|
|2001||"Can't Believe" (with Faith Evans)||56||14||Faithfully /
The Saga Continues...
|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|
- "Topic Galleries". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- Katie Hasty, "T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney", Billboard, June 13, 2007.
- "Carl Thomas US chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-10-16.