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Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Feb 10, 2020

My guest today is Vaneese Thomas. Born in Memphis, TN and immersed into the music royalty family of Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas and Marvell Thomas, Vaneese is an incredible soul/blues/R&B singer/songwriter and producer. She has produced recordings and written songs for Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell, Melba Moore and Diana Ross. In addition to concerts and recordings, Vaneese has worked in film and television: she was the voice for Grace the Bass for PBS’ Shining Time Station, Clio the Muse in Disney’s Hercules and for nearly 20 years, sang on countless jingles.

Vaneese feels blessed to have a rich career as both solo performer of her own music and the amazing opportunities to be a background vocalist for legends like: Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Eric Clapton as well as to be one of Aretha Franklin’s background vocalists for ten years. You can see Vaneese singing background vocals in Bruce Springsteen’s recent movie “Western Stars”.

Vaneese shares memories from her time at Swarthmore College, what prompted her to move to New York, the people and bands that welcomed her and the gracious doors that have opened for her. I am so grateful for our 38 year friendship; our spiritual explorations; and how we have shown up for each other along this journey of life. Check out the show notes for links to Vaneese’s website - purchase her music and come hear her live!  Enjoy the podcast!

Vaneese's web site
Peaceful Waters Music
"Down Yonder" on Spotify
"Ebony Man" - YouTube video