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.
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.”