Soul sensation Vaneese Thomas provided backing vocal to the great Aretha Franklin, who performed a powerful rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on the David Letterman show last night (Monday, 30 September, 2014).
Thomas, who is a renowned singer-songwriter in her own right, performed alongside the Queen of Soul at the Ed Sullivan Theater, and other 1960s legends backup singers Cissy Houston and Fonzie Thornton.
Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman was lucky enough to be a part of the audience, who were enthusiastically clapping along and gave the performance a standing ovation.
Friedman was excited to spot Thomas as one Franklin’s backup singers. “Then there was Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Rufus, sister of Carla, a recording artist in her own right. Rev. C. L. Franklin married Vaneese’s parents to each other,” he said.
Thomas, a profound talent, has worked with some of the best in the business, from Phil Ramone, to Luciano Pavarotti, Sting and Stevie Wonder, and she is always Aretha Franklin’s backing vocal of choice.
Aretha, who is releasing her new album, “Classic Diva Songs,” is available today on vinyl, and will drop as a CD on October 21.
Thomas’ album, Blues For My Father, which was launched June of this year, taps into her southern heritage and brings forth a roots album that is authentic and true. Every track adds to the blues and soul legacy that is hers to claim. She dedicates the album to her father who was considered the king of Memphis soul and is currently petitioning for him to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can sign the petition here.