“You only expect good things from a lady with class.
Vaneese Thomas did not disappoint with Down Yonder. “
Eric Schuurmans, Rootstime.be
“Vaneese Thomas has little, if anything to prove, but this album once again shows why she is so well respected and consistently honored. Maybe this will move her from
the nomination to winner. She more than deserves it.”
Jim Hynes, makingascene.org
“An indispensable album for all those who cannot resist the particularly
rich sound of Stax or Hi Records.”
Fred Delforge, Zicazic.com
“Vaneese Thomas works her way through a top-notch stack of soulful and lyrically meaty blues, ballades and burners. Matching her vocal power with emotional clout, track after track. Ms. T’s work here is a pride-worthy addition to the legacy of the r&b royalty that is her family.”
Duane Verh, Roots Music Report
“The only possible problem you could have with this set is that the soul on display is too gritty for you to handle because she doesn’t hold back. If you understand the genre, this is impossible to resist.”
Midwest Record (Entertainment News And Reviews)
ABOUT VANEESE THOMAS
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Vaneese is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, whose legendary career as a musician and entertainer began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist Marvell Thomas.
Embracing this remarkable musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, a music that has touched several generations and crossed many divides. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience – R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.
Praise for “The Long Journey Home”
“This lass is going to keep the family name shining in the business as she charts her way to the future—even if it’s via a welcome return to the past.
This music is timeless, it isn’t about fashion.”
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“True to her pedigree, Vaneese Thomas digs deep into Southern-fried r&b and soul/blues, dosed with just the right amounts of style and swagger.”
Roots Music Report
“Possibly her best music to date, Thomas has emerged from the shadow of a career as a background vocalist with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Sting and Stevie Wonder, to shining center stage. Thomas, an award-winning singer, has a winding musical journey with forays into R&B, jazz and gospel.”
Vaneese is in the GRAMMY first ballot categories with the following songs:
American Roots Performance: “The Chain”
American Roots Song: “I’ve Got A Man in TN”
Best Contemporary Blues Album: The Long Journey Home
Vaneese Thomas, blues artist, released her latest project, The Long Journey Home on September 16, 2016. The album features some of the finest writing and artistry to date for veteran Thomas and taps into her Memphis influences of roots music, blues and soul.
The Long Journey Home charted at #7 on the Living Blues Radio Chart in September of 2016 and has received international airplay including in Canada, Belgium, Australia, France, Italy, England, Macedonia and The Netherlands.