Memphis-born, Vaneese Thomas, 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, “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and keyboardist/producer, Marvell Thomas, are respected recording artists.
Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul, and the influences of her experience – R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate her soul-stirring style.
Highly regarded within the music industry, Vaneese’s talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor have made her a sought-after solo performer as well as a first-call vocalist for projects by other top-name artists. She has worked with the renowned recording producer Phil Ramone and has sung with an astonishing array of internationally known performers including Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, and Dr. John, among others.
Vaneese’s current release Blues For My Father has taken the Blues world by storm! Ranking #1 for September 2014 in France , #7 in the US for 2014 and garnering two BMA award nominations.