Michele Thomas

Jazz Singer from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2005

$600 - $8000 per event
About
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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Fundraiser

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The Michele Thomas Jazz Quartet is amazing. They performed for a fundraiser, and they were awesome! I look forward to working with them again in the future.

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Michele is a great talent. Everyone at the event raved about her performance and the variety of music she offered. Working with Michele was great! She was very professional and responsive to our needs. I will definitely be using Michele again for future events.

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The Michele Thomas quartet was fantastic!! She was very much accomodating to ALL of my song requests, and her performance was amazing, she and her musicians added such a touch to my special evening. Several guest has donned my wedding reception as the 'reception of the century!' Great things are in store for this exceptional musician and when she receives her first grammy I will be very proud to say. "Hey, she performed at my wedding reception!. I want to thank the Michelle Thomas quartet for making my wedding reception a most memorable one. Valerie

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The Michele Thomas Jazz Quartet has amazing musical talent but a sub par business sense. Anyone interested in booking this group should ask in depth questions in order to get a feel for what this group is willing to provide.

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Michele Thomas ’s Response:

We are not quite sure as to why this client filed such unfavorable feedback. We wish the client had contacted us (before or after the event) with complaints instead of posting it on this quite one-sided forum. Frankly, this has caught us by surprise, seeing that the event seemed to go very smoothly. So we shall go down the list,,, Professionalism- we were set up 20 minutes before start time, took our scheduled break, and out of the room in a timely fashion. All correspondence with the client was quick, concise, and prompt. Accommodating-The only requests the party made was to ask for a discount after we placed our bid. The client shorted the gig by an hour. W

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2015
May
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
2009
Nov
8
Coq D' Or Room At The Drake Hotel - Public Event
Chicago, IL
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2009
Nov
7
University Club Of Chicago - Private Event
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2009
Nov
6
Palmer House Hilton - Private Event
Chicago, IL
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2009
Oct
17
Palmer House - Private Event
Chicago, IL
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2009
Oct
10
Hotel Arista - Private Event
Naperville, IL
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2009
Oct
9
Coq d'Or Room at The Drake Hotel - Public Event
Chicago, IL
9:00 PM - 1:00 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
Fly Me To The Moon
Frank Sinatra
Frim Fram Sauce
Nat King Cole/Diana Krall
God Belss The Child
Billie Holiday
Green Dolphin Street
Various Artists
JAZZ BALLADS
A Time For Love
Various Artists
All The Things You Are
Various Artists
At Last
Etta James
My Funny Valentine
Various Artists
My One And Only Love
Johnny Hartman
Prelude To A Kiss
Ella Fitzgerald
Skylark
Linda Ronstad
Stardust
Nat King Cole
The Look Of Love
Dusty Springfield
The Very Thought Of You
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
When I Fall In Love
Various Artists
What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
Summertime
Various Artists
The Nearness Of You
Sarah Vaughn/Norah Jones
Someone To Watch Over Me
Ella Fitzgerald
You Don't Know Me
Ray Charles
SWINGING JAZZ
Born To Be Blue
Mel Torme
Have You Met Mister Jones?
Sarah Vaughn
Honeysuckle Rose
Various Artists
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Natalie Cole
It Had To Be You
Harry Connick, Jr.
It's Only A Paper Moon
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Various Artists
This Can't Be Love
Nat King Cole/ Natalie Cole
I've Got You Under My Skin
Frank Sinatra
Beyond The Sea
Bobby Darrin
Route 66
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
Night And Day
Frank Sinatra
Hallelujah I Love Him So
Ray Charles
Straighten Up And Fly Right
Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole
SOUL
Baby I Love You
Aretha Franklin
Let's Stay Together
Al Green
Where Were You When I Needed You?
Stevie Wonder
Natiral Woman
Aretha Franklin
Never Let Me Go
Aretha Franklin
What's Going On
Marvin Gaye/Donny Hathaway
Someday We'll All Be Free
Donny Hathaway
I Never Loved A Man
Aretha Franklin
POP/R&B/EASY LISTENING
Angel
Anita Baker
I Can't Help It
Michael Jackson
Same 'Ole Love
Anita Baker
Come Away With Me
Norah Jones
Don't Know Why
Norah Jones
Sunrise
Norah Jones
What You Won't Do For Love
Bobby Caldwell
Get Here
Oleta Adams
Overjoyed
Stevie Wonder
Send One Your Love
Stevie Wonder
Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
Stevie Wonder
Ribbon In The Sky
Stevie Wonder
Ain't No Sunshine When He's Gone
Bill Withers
For The Love Of You
The Isley Brothers/Whitney Houston
Crazy Love
Brian McKnight/Van Morrison
HOLIDAY JAZZ
Auld Lang Syne
Various Artists
Christmastime Is Here
Various Artists
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Ella Fitzgerald
Let It Snow
Various Artists
The Christmas Song
Mel Torme/Nat King Cole
This Christmas
Donny Hathaway
Winter Wonderland
Various Artists
BOSSA NOVAS/BRAZILIAN JAZZ
Dindi
Various Artists
Gentle Rain
Various Artists
How Insensitive
Various Artists
Meditation
Various Artists
Once I Loved
Various Artists
Quiet Nights And Quiet Stars
Astrud Gilberto
Wave
Astrud Gilberto
...AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
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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