Vaneese Thomas Nominated for 3 BMA Awards!!!
Her rendition of the pop/blues hit “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac is the jewel of the record. Vaneese sings this song with a pathos that takes your breath away. Radio should jump on this!
Produced by Vaneese Thomas and Wayne Warnecke for Segue Records
With the release of her new album The Long Journey Home Vaneese Thomas has finally 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. She is an award-winning independent artist whose journey has been winding with forays into R and B, jazz and gospel. This album puts her smack dab in the Blues.
Vaneese has written 11 out of 12 of the songs contained on The Long Journey Home a collection of Blues stylings that does her native Memphis proud.
Vaneese has been influenced by the sophisticated Blues of Bobby “Blue” Bland, the jump Blues of Louis Jordan and the seductive soul Blues of Ann Peebles and Al Green. The track “Mean World” shows her displeasure with aspects of today’s world but encourages us to find peace by helping our fellow man. This infusion of gospel both musically and lyrically colors many songs on this album. Despite the restless nature of some of the themes of her tracks there is a sense of the joy of life, too. “Sat’day Night On The River” allows folks an upbeat release; to clap their hands and dance the night away.
“Country Funk” is a complete departure from any song on her previous album Blues For My Father. It incorporates country, folk, blues and soul (all the influences of her childhood). The country instruments together with an infectious groove make for a track that should be embraced by country radio.
The musicians on this album are veterans like Vaneese and bring a deep understanding to these tracks. They were all involved in the process of crafting the overall vibe of the album. Vaneese says “It was a thrill to sing these songs live with the band in the studio just like my father, Rufus Thomas, did at Stax and Sun Records.” Vaneese learned a great deal about the music business from her famous family which includes her sister, 60s superstar Carla Thomas and brother Marvell who co- produced Isaac Hayes’ “Hot Buttered Soul”.