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July 27, 2003 - Atlanta Music Guide

July 19, 2003 - Billboard Magazine

July 18, 2003- Press Release
July 7, 2003 - Music Industry News Network September 13, 2003 -

Vaneese Thomas's Glorious Sound

It's the great inequity of life that singers who can't sing and need Vaneese Thomas's voice as a backup are at the top of the charts. All the while, Thomas's new CD, "A Woman's Love," on Segue Records, barely rates a blip.

Thomas, the daughter of late, legendary R&B star Rufus Thomas, isn't letting that stop her. She put on a remarkable show Wednesday night at B.B. King's to launch the CD. Her band was hot and so was she.

In the invited audience: David Letterman's sidekick/bandleader Paul Shaffer, who's a friend and a fan; David Bowie's famed lead guitarist Carlos Alomar; and Luther Vandross's No. 1 backup singer, Fonzie Thornton.

Just as I walked in, Vaneese and her older sister, Carla, a Memphis legend and pop star herself, ripped into an old Stax hit, "A Woman in Love." This tasty bit of funk was so searing it raised the hairs on the backs of everyone's necks. The power dimmed for a minute in the room and the faux paneling almost warped. Yikes! If Ben Affleck is after soul, folks, he's marrying the wrong lady.

"A Woman in Love" with Vaneese and Carla is on the album, which I suggest you buy right now.

-Atlanta Music Guide - July 27, 2003

Singer and producer Vaneese Thomas is set to release a CD called A Woman's Love (Segue) on August 26th. Thomas is the daughter of Stax legend Rufus Thomas and the sister of the very soulful Carla Thomas, so this should be one hot record.


-Billboard Magazine, Rhythm & Blues July 19, 2003

ON THE RECORD: Segue Records has pacted a deal with Nile Rogers' Sumthing Distribution. Segue is a new division of Vaneese Thomas Enterprises (VTE), founded by president Vaneese Thomas and Executive VP/producer Wayne Warnecke. Thomas, an R&B/Jazz singer/producer, is the daughter of black music pioneer Rufus Thomas.

Focusing on the adult contemporary market, Segue plans to release Thomas' "A Woman's Love" this year. VTE's other divisions include gospel label Peaceful Waters Music.

by Gail Mitchell


- Press Release - July 18, 2003

Renowned R&B/Jazz vocalist Vaneese Thomas set to release new record on August 26th

New York, NY - July 21, 2003- Multi-talented vocalist, songwriter and producer, Vaneese Thomas has just completed a new CD entitled, A Woman's Love, set for an August 26th release on Segue Records.

Daughter of Stax legend, Rufus Thomas, and sister of soul-sensation, Carla Thomas, Vaneese has long maintained a stellar musical reputation of her own with her distinct brand of sultry vocals, tasteful arrangements, and perfect song selection.

" A Woman's Love simmers like a mature love affair. Each song is an expression of her commitment both to her craft and to her royal roots."
-Walter Wade/WBGO

“ **** Vaneese Thomas' magnificent voice has to be heard!”
-Roger Friedman/Fox News Entertainment

During the past several years Vaneese Thomas has appeared with an impressive array of performers including Sting, Luciano Pavarotti, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Eric Clapton, and a host of others. In 1999, Diana Ross scored a Top 10 hit in the UK with "One Shining Moment," a song written by Thomas. The same year Vaneese's When My Back's Against The Wall, a gospel record, was released. Billboard magazine hailed the record as "A small label masterpiece..."

Thomas has just returned from Europe where she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Italy's Porretta Soul Festival, and will soon announce additional US shows in support of her record release.

A Woman's Love was co-produced by Thomas with veteran producer Wayne Warnecke. The album credits an impressive group of musicians, including Thomas' cousin Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, Bob Baldwin, Will Lee, and Shawn Pelton.

Segue Records is distributed by Sumthing Distribution, a division of Nile Rogers Productions.

For further information, contact:

Paula Amato
PAI Media Relations
212. 206-1598


-Music Industry News Network - New York, NY July 7, 2003

"Renowned Vocalist Vaneese Thomas And Producer Wayne Warnecke, Launch New Label"

Renowned R&B/jazz vocalist and producer Vaneese Thomas, and producer Wayne Warnecke, sign a deal with Sumthing Distribution to nationally distribute their label, Segue Records.

Segue Records is a division of Vaneese Thomas Enterprises Inc., a music industry corporation founded by Thomas and Warnecke in 1993. Thomas, daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas and sister of Carla Thomas is president of VTE; Warnecke is executive vice president. Along with Segue Records, VTE, includes a gospel label, Peaceful Waters Music, two vibrant (ASCAP) publishing catalogs, KMA Tunes and Peaceful Waters Music and Wayne's World a world-class recording studio located in Pound Ridge, NY.

"We are very excited to have Vaneese and her label join the Sumthing family, says Andy Uterano, president of the company. Nile started this label with artist friendly philosophy and Vaneese's professionalism, talent and heritage will help carry on that tradition. We are in sync with our goal of addressing the needs of the adult marketplace, and look forward to having success with Vaneese's upcoming record, and many other artists to follow."

"Our focus for the Segue label is the adult contemporary market, and Sumthing has years of experience in that area, as well as strong relationships with key retailers," adds Segue's label manager, Steven Goff. "I think it's a perfect match."

Segue's plans for the near future include the release of a newly recorded album by Thomas A Woman's Love, and projects by recently signed contemporary rock band Nine Men's Morris and singer/songwriter Dana Edelman.