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 “BLUES FOR MY FATHER”
“Not a betting man, but I’ll wager Blues For My Father winds up in the award
noms this year. One of the best recordings I’ve heard in a while.
It lacks nothing……..”
- Dave Gallaher, WLRH, Huntsville, AL
“Rufus Thomas’ other daughter is loaded
with soul and blues as well. Tossing a smoking dose of Nawlins in the
Memphis soul stew, this is a sure footed soul/blues romp from a gal that
knows what she wants, how to get it and won’t hold back if she doesn’t have
to. If you hear her in a club, this is music to make you drink up—-in a
good way. Smoking throughout.”
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record