Tasha Thomas

Born in Jeutyn, Alaska, the youngest daughter of an Atomic Energy Commission chemist father and a Pentecostal Minister mother, Tasha entered the world of music as an organist and singer in her mother's church. At 16 Tasha left home to pursue her love of singing, traveling from one end of the country to the other she landed in New York City. Through her mother's connections she found a home within the church and quickly became emeshed in the choir. It was through the choir that Thomas got her first taste of singing pop material when members of the choir were asked to sing on the late Louis Armstrong's last album "What A Wonderful World." Tasha seeing the possibilites of a career in the secular music field started taking on background vocalist jobs. ...show more

Born in Jeutyn, Alaska, the youngest daughter of an Atomic Energy Commission chemist father and a Pentecostal Minister mother, Tasha entered the world of music as an organist and singer in her mother's church. At 16 Tasha left home to pursue her love of singing, traveling from one end of the country to the other she landed in New York City. Through her mother's connections she found a home within the church and quickly became emeshed in the choir. It was through the choir that Thomas got her first taste of singing pop material when members of the choir were asked to sing on the late Louis Armstrong's last album "What A Wonderful World." Tasha seeing the possibilites of a career in the secular music field started taking on background vocalist jobs.

From the years 1970 to 1978 she amazingly appeared on over 100 albums. Her searing vocals graced such legendary albums as: "Innervision" by Stevie Wonder and "You Are My Starship" by Norman Conners. Her voice was in-demand by artists as diverse as: Teresa Brewer, James Brown, Petula Clark, Jim Croce, Rick Derringer, Roberta Flack, Henry Gross, Phyllis Hyman, Margie Joseph, B.B. King, Al Kooper, Hubert Laws, Looking Glass, Martin Mull, Bette Midler, Pacific Gas & Electric, Esther Phillips, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Mary Travers, Grover Washington Jr., and Johnny & Edgar Winter and she can be heard on their albums! Her career was doing well, singing in jazz clubs on New York's uptown soul circuit, appearing on "The Merv Griffin Show" and all because of her incredible voice.

Her biggest break came not in a recording studio but on a stage. In 1974 she answered an open casting call for "black entertainers, singers, dancers, actors, actresses" for an upcoming Broadway-bound musical. "The Wiz", a re-telling of "The Wizard Of Oz" from an urban prospective, opened on Broadway on January 5th 1975. After the opening prologue by the full cast, the show begins with "Auntie Em" (Tasha) singing "The Feeling We Once Had", the reviews for Tasha and her singing were unanimously favorable and the rest is Broadway history! "The Wiz" was a fertile ground for future "disco" stars. ...show less

Albums & Singles by Tasha Thomas

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