This Singer/songwriter/guitarist writes from her heart. Her music is personal and compelling. Drinking in the world around her, she creates involving and relevant music with soul and conscience. She’s honest, passionate, badass, and sports an amazing set of pipes. There is simplicity and beauty in her voice and lyrics that haunts and beguiles the listener. Reminiscent of Grace Slick, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin and Nina Simone, but with a style unapologetically her own, CAROL THOMAS's music is original, simply elegant, and definitely worth checking out.
As the singer/songwriter/guitarist and driving force behind NYC funk-rockers One & Twenty, CAROL THOMAS led an ever-changing collection of top-notch musicians (John Hickey from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic); Mike Bloom from Rilo Kiley; Jon Chazen from Wigjam; Tara Lynne and Matt Turk) through the East Coast music scene. Her years with the band had her traveling the Northeast; and sharing the stage with Toshi Reagon, Antigone Rising, Fighting Gravity, Once Blue and Patti Rothberg. But since 2003, she's been a solo artist sporting a more stripped down sound where her powerful voice and words shine.
Carol's commitment to the creative extends past her own work. In 2001 and 2002, she was one of the primary organizers of Ladyfest East; a 4-day, multi-venue, multi-media event dedicated to promoting and encouraging female artists. Other highlights of her career have been; being a finalist in the 1998 Lilith Fair Talent Search (Antigone Rising won that year); sharing a bill with Jeff Buckley (during her stint playing with Matt Turk); and touring in London in early 2004. Carol has also been a member of ASCAP since 2000.