Carl Thomas (singer)
Thomas performs at the Legends of Bad Boy concert in Beverly Hills, California in 2014.
|Birth name||Carlton Neron Thomas|
|Born||June 15, 1972|
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, urban, adult contemporary|
|Labels||Bad Boy (1997–2005)|
Verve Forecast (2011–14)
Thomas was born in Aurora, Illinois and attended East Aurora High School. He sang around Chicago and became a member of The Fourmula. He branched out, however, and traveled to New York City, 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.
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 No. 18, which also appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film version of Shaft, and the title track "Emotional" at No. 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.
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. In 2005, Thomas was featured on R&B singer Amerie's second album Touch, on the ninth track, entitled "Can We Go".
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 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.
In 2004, Thomas' brother was killed in a drive-by shooting shortly before Let's Talk About It came out. His brother was a corrections officer at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles before his death. The singer cancelled his tour to deal with his brother's death and his record label established the Duranthony Evans Foundation in his memory. In 2019, Thomas underwent a surgical procedure to remove a noncancerous tumor in his salivary glands.
|Title||Album details||Peak positions||Certifications|
|Let's Talk About It||
|So Much Better||
|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|
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- "Topic Galleries". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
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- "Carl Thomas Explains Why He Turned Down TV One's "Unsung"". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- Tribune, Chicago. "R&B singer tells of pain from loss". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Singer Carl Thomas Undergoes Surgery To Remove Non Cancerous Tumor". theJasmineBRAND. July 2, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- "Carl Thomas US chart history". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2009.