The daughter of a preacher, Chicago singer Michele Thomas brings an irresistible gospel-soul warmth to jazz.
With performances deep and emotional – blending genres of jazz and soul together with elements of folk, Michele uses her voice and songwriting to stir something deeper within people…merging the sensibility of Sarah Vaughan, with the atmospheric arrangements of Cassandra Wilson and the fervent lyricism of Bill Withers.
Michele’s debut at the 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival marked the premiere of new original music that she has spent the past year writing and workshopping with her contemporary jazz project, SoulMeme. And with her next studio recording slated for 2018, it’s no wonder JazzReview.com deemed her as, “one of those new artists that you anxiously wait to hear more from…”
“She has her own vocal sound, which is beautiful by the Grace of God.” – Yusef Lateef
Sarah Vaughan Competition
Michele is a 2-time semi-finalist of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.