Carlton Neron Thomas popularly known as Carl Thomas is an American R&B singer. He was born on June 15, 1972 in Aurora, Illinois and enrolled into East Aurora High School. He started singing around Chicago and joined The Fourmula. But he ventured out and went to New York City, where he performed in bars on open-mic nights. Sean “Puffy” Combs noticed one of these performances and signed Thomas to work for Bad Boy Entertainment in 1997.
Carl Thomas’ Life
In 2004, just before “Let’s Talk About It” was released, Thomas’ brother was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Prior to his passing, his brother worked as a corrections officer at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles. In order to deal with brother’s death, the Singer postponed his tour, and his record label created the Duranthony Evans Foundation in his honor. Thomas underwent surgery to have a benign tumor in his salivary gland removed in 2019.
Carl Thomas: Profile Summary
First Name: Carlton Neron Thomas
Date of Birth: June 15, 1972
Age: 50 years
Birth Place: Aurora, Illinois, U.S
Genres: R&B soul
Active Years: 1997-present
Labels: Bad Boy (1997-2005), Bungalo (2006-2010), Verve Forecast (2011-2014)
Height(feet): 6 feet
Weight(kg): 80 kg
Weight(pounds): 171 lbs
Father’s Name: N/A
Mother’s Name: Dorothy Thomas
Marital Status: Single
Relatives: Duranthony Evans (Late)
Estimated Net Worth: $1 million
Carl Thomas’ Career
With the release of the single “I Wish” in late 1999, which topped the R&B charts for six weeks in a row, significant interest was generated.
Carl Thomas: Debut Album
His Debut Album, Emotional, was released on April 18, 2000. The album was certified platinum with over 1 million sales, thanks to this single and the album’s other singles, “Summer Rain” at No. 18. The 2000 movie version of Shaft, had this soundtrack included and the title track “Emotional” at No. 8 on the R&B charts. On his 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, rapper Jay-Z interpolated Thomas “I Wish” in the song “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me). On the album The Understanding, he sang on the song “Everyday”.
Carl Thomas: Second Album
Let’s Talk About It, his second album, was released on March 23, 2004. Even though “She is” and “Let’s Talk About It” were released as singles, they did not do well on the charts. One contributing aspect was the lack of marketing brought on by the passing of Thomas’s brother Duranthony Evans, who was murdered in a drive-by on Halloween night on Aurora’s East Side. Thomas was heartbroken by this and decided to take a break from music and album promotion. Given how long it had been since Emotional, the album was eagerly anticipated, but it did not go down well with fans. Thomas appeared on the ninth track, “Can We Go,” of R&B artist Amerie’s second album Touch in 2005.
He appeared on the single “Dumpin” from the 2Pac album Pac’s Life from 2006 alongside Hussein Fatal and Papoose. Thomas received a Grammy Award nomination on December 7, 2006, alongside Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, and the late Gerald Levert for the song “Everyday (Family Reunion)” from Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion. The song was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Carl Thomas: Third Album
So Much Better, his third album was released on May 30, 2007, and it peaked at number 25 on the US Billboard 200.
Carl Thomas: Last Album
His last contract was with Verve Music Group. Thomas’ last album, was released on December 6th, 2011. The debut song “Don’t Kiss Me,” was written and produced by Rico Love and featured Snoop Dogg.