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Michele Thomas

Michele Thomas and her talents have carried her through a fantastic array of experiences within the massive world that is, music. By combining her gospel background with her deep love of jazz and appreciation for contemporary soul and R&B, Michele has crafted a sound that doesn’t conform to one genre, but instead evokes the elements that make these genres so dynamic.

Michele’s life and career began and grew in Chicago, Illinois. Born the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher in the Church of God In Christ, Michele grew up on a steady diet of gospel music. The impact it had on her, even at a young age was profound. These feelings, along with her innate talents, led to Michele arranging and conducting her church’s choir while she was still in her preteen years. Michele would eventually attend North Park University, graduating with a B.A. in music, and establishing their gospel choir.

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”Vocalist Michele Thomas is one of those new artists that you anxiously wait to hear more from, after their first CD has been released. Indeed, if larks could record CDs, they'd sound like Michele. She has a style that is joyful and soulful, her love for jazz music emanates through her scats and song phrasing.

This is one artist that you have no choice but to “dig” and I mean really sit up and listen. And that goes for even those who may not be hardcore jazz fanatics. Even if traditional jazz isn't your thing, Michele's seven track CD I'll Take Romance would change your mind before you could say the title of her CD.

Michele sounds like an old jazz soul on the jazz standard “I'll Take Romance” and sings it with a level of familiarity as if it were written for her. Wayne Shorter's “Black Nile” never sounded so good and Michele shows off her skills as she adds lyrics to this jazz instrumental standard.

Delve into “My One and Only Love” and Stevie Wonder's “Where Were You When I Needed You” and see how mellow and pleasant they are

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Michele Thomas is a professional vocalist concentrating in jazz, pop and gospel genres. With over ten years of classical training she has had extensive performance experience in jazz, gospel, background vocals and musical theater. She has also spent the past thirteen years training and conducting gospel and children’s choirs. Michele has made repeated appearances across the U.S. and Sweden as a guest lecturer/workshop clinician on the subject of gospel music and many performances throughout the U.S

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