The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 11.27.11

The Pace Report: "Listening and Breathing New Life" The Rhonda Thomas Interview wsg Michael Coppola

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After almost 5 years after debut disc "Breathe New Life," vocalist and producer Rhonda Thomas is back with "Listen." This disc further explores the music and producer-side of Thomas; producing and writing a lot of her music. Some of the special guests on "Listen" include vocalist Avery Sunshine and also horn work by the group Jaspects. She does a stirring tribute to her mentor Issac Hayes with a rendition of "Do Your Thing." One of the standout tracks on "Listen" is her tribute to her grandmother in the track titled "Peppermint Leaves." The Atlanta-based vocalist has been busy over the last 20 years backing, recording, and touring with the likes of Incognito, India Arie, Dwele, Roberta Flack, and the late Isaac Hayes, whom she performed with for 11 years until his death. Rhonda has worked real hard in recording with other artists, yet maintaining and performing as an indie soul artist. In 1999 Rhonda released her debut EP "Rhonda" to rave reviews in the UK. In 2004 she released "Breathe New Life" which introduced American audiences to the vocalist's range of soul and jazz-based style music. Rhonda was also a co-founding member of the jazz/soul quartet Jiva whose debut disc "Sun and Moon" featured her as lead vocalist. Showcasing another side of Rhonda's vocal talents is her jazz release "Guess Who I Saw Today?" what guitarist Michael Coppola. This duo recording was cut in under 3 hours and they cover many standards of the great American songbook. Songs like "Day Dream," "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "A Night in Tunisia," and "That's All." Both she and Coppolla began playing together in night clubs when she began playing here on the east coast before she moved to Atlanta. Their musical pairing takes music listeners back to the days of the classic Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass and Tuck and Patti duo recordings. Rhonda's latest relmoreless

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