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Vaneese Thomas headlines upcoming gospel concert

Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Stax legend Rufus Thomas and sister of soul sensation Carla Thomas will be in concert at Greater Middle Baptist Church on Sunday, June 19, at 5 p.m.  by Dorothy Bracy Alston
Special to the Tri-State Defender

A very versatile and talented daughter of Memphis finds her way back home for a special musical event this weekend.

Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Stax legend Rufus Thomas and sister of soul sensation Carla Thomas, and recognized for her own talents around the world, will be in concert at Greater Middle Baptist Church, located at 4982 Knight Arnold Rd. on Sunday, June 19, at 5 p.m.

Thomas and special guests Savoyd Beard and Winston Stewart will serenade guest with traditional, feel-good, soulful and Caravan-style gospel music.

These musical savants have all performed in some impressive venues. Thomas now based in New York, made her recording debut as a five year old on her sister, Carla’s, track “A Boy Named Tom” in 1964. She established herself as a solo artist in 1987 and has performed with various stars, including Eric Clapton and Luther Vandross. She has extensive radio and television credits and owns a record label, a recording facility and two publishing companies.

Beard, who plays tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, bass guitar and piano, was one of the first African Americans selected for the United States Army Band in Washington, D.C. In this role as support staff for the White House, he performed at many official functions during the administrations of Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Reagan.

Recording artist Stewart, formerly of the Bar-Kays and a graduate of Melrose High School, is the featured keyboardist for thw concert. He has released several CDs, including “Condition of the Heart,” “Seasons,” and a “Christmas Collection.”

All are invited to celebrate in this musical extravaganza. Come out, have a great time and fellowship with old friends who are sure to attend.

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