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Michele Thomas

Jazz Singer from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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Michele Thomas and her talents have carried her through a fantastic array of experiences within the massive world that is, music. By combining her gospel background with her deep love of jazz and appreciation for contemporary soul and R&B, Michele has crafted a sound that doesn't conform to one genre, but instead evokes the elements that make these genres so dynamic.

Michele's life and career began and grew in Chicago, Illinois. Born the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher in the Church of God In Christ, Michele grew up on a steady diet of gospel music. The impact it had on her, even at a young age was profound. These feelings, along with her innate talents, led to Michele arranging and conducting her church's choir while she was still in her preteen years. Michele would eventually attend North Park University, graduating with a B.A. in music, and establishing their gospel choir.

The development of her love and talent for jazz began at a local tavern named Big Joe's 2 & 6 Pub and would later extend to the Green Mill amongst other choice Chicago venues. These extremely well regarded performances would help her to found her own vocal studio, where Michele has the wonderful opportunity to help mentor and train young voices to reach their individual heights.

Michele's performances, like her music itself, are deep and emotional. Not only does she blend the genres of jazz and soul together with elements of folk, but she uses her voice and songwriting to stir something deeper within people, causing them to engage the lyric and the beat simultaneously. Michele has been compared to other powerful African-American singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and Anita Baker, but she also draws inspiration from Kurt Elling, James Taylor, and Sting.

In between all of her teaching, mentoring, and performing, Michele has found time to record two albums with the help of some of Chicago's finest session musicians. Her first album, I'll Take Romance, was very well received with Asha Brodie of stating:

“Indeed, if larks could record CDs, they'd sound like Michele. She has a style that is joyful and soulful, her love for jazz music emanates through her scats and song phrasing.”

Messenger is Michele's most recent album and serves as a tribute to Stevie Wonder and the power of his music and songwriting. It also continues to display Michele's talent for outfitting existing jazz instrumentals with original lyrics, paying homage to the composers and musicians she admires, while simultaneously displaying her vocal flare like on her rendition of Hal Galper's“Triple Play.”

Whether in her studio, on stage in a jazz club, or in the recording booth, Michele Thomas brings an amazing level of energy, passion, and emotion to everything she does. Music is a powerful force whether it draws inspiration from gospel or the shared human experience and Michele Thomas aims to channel that energy into your heart, mind, and soul.
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Superb Band and Singer. With a great voice and the band with a great groove.Lot's of fun and memorable.

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Michele and the band were the icing on our wedding cake! Our reception would not have been the same without them. They were fantastic!! Not only are they are brilliant musicians but they were so accommodating and flexible. They made the planning easy and the ambiance magical. I would highly recommend them to perform for any event that requires a distinctive and elegant touch.

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John and I were thrilled with Michele from the start! She took care everything and made our wedding celebration simply wonderful. She is a fantastic talent, and excellent to work with! She assembled an amazing set list and went above and beyond by coordinating the entire day & staying flexible to the feel of the reception--we even settled on our first song at the last minute! We had so many complements from our guests, and we loved her music so much, we definitely made the right choice. I was especially pleased when just a week before the wedding Michele was able to make CDs of one of her recordings for us to give to our guests to remember the day. Thanks Michele!

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2015
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23
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Chicago, IL
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2012
Dec
9
Union Church of Hinsdale
Hinsdale, IL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2012
Dec
5
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, IL
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2009
Nov
27
Ritz Carlton Hotel - Priavte Event
Chicago, IL
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2009
Nov
15
Hyatt Regency O'Hare - Private Event
Rosemont, IL
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2009
Nov
14
Saint Charles Country Club - Private Event
Saint Charles, IL
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
CLASSIC JAZZ
All Of Me
Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All
Frank Sinatra
Almost Like Being In Love
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
Autumn Leaves
Various Artists
April In Paris
Ella Fitzgerald
Bye, Bye Blackbird
Various Artists
Devil May Care
Diana Krall
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me
Various Artists
Jazz Singer
Soul Singer
Pop Singer
Variety Singer
Jazz Guitar
Jazz Keyboards
Wedding Singer
Weddings
Baby Showers
Celebrations
Happy Hours
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Events
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Adult)
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Commitment Ceremonies
Retirement Parties
Wine Tasting Parties
Church Services
Anniversaries
School Assemblies
Please note Michele Thomas will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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