Tracy Kash Thomas
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Tracy Kash Thomas

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF
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"Review: There and Back Again - Artist: Tracy Kash Thomas"

Cytra (BMI) couldn't have had a better artist than Tracy Kash Thomas. Anyone who has had the opportunity to hear her latest work, There and Back Again, will find that in this modern world of music of vocals only made pretty with special effects, it comes by naturally with Thomas, whose lush vocals, intriguing lyrics, and jazzy beats takes a song in any style and makes it completely her own.

Thomas possesses the vocal power that reminds everyone in this artificially developed, studio-produced world that there are still some vocalists who can still sing; especially on selections such as My Own Worst Enemy and Under the Bridge.

This CD is enjoyable for all. It has a little bit of everything, even for those who normally wouldn't listen to Thomas' type of music. Her vocal powers are supple and her phrasing is sublime as well. She sings with different types of emotion that are infectious to the listener and seems to be having as much fun singing as I was listening.

Those who appreciate true music sung and performed by artists who know how to do it right will no doubt love There and Back Again. Tracy Kash Thomas is a true talent with the best voice I have heard in years and the songwriting on all the selections of this CD is no less than top notch. This is indeed independent music at its best that will be staying in my CD changer for many weeks to come.

- L. Anne Carrington, Indie Music Stop
- Indie Music Stop

"Featured Artist: Tracy Kash Thomas"

Accomplished flutist, songwriter, singer, Tracy Kash Thomas has done it again, with the release of her latest CD, There And Back Again, shows her vocal skills, expressing her human experience and amazing her audience.
In a mix of jazz-pop, Thomas opens her album with “My Own Worst Enemy,” revealing her discovery of life’s bigness. Telling the story of finding her own melody, Thomas seeks harmony in life, as she makes her way through a series of life-changing events.
Finding the “Person I Adore” turns Thomas’ tone upbeat, even hopeful as she expresses her relief at finding that special person. Light, airy flute bridges the words, while rhythm is maintained by a soft, percussive bass and drum.
Taking us through her life journey, Thomas offers light, airy inflections to contrast her deeper notes on “Make Me Blue,” after the love has moved on.—giving her inspiration to write. Kris Kurzawa provides an interesting mix on guitars between chorus and finish
Flirty, light, perky, “Distraction” picks up the beat, taking the listener into a swingy mood. Again, Kurzawa frets a plucky string. “Under The Bridge” gives drummer, Bill Higgins, a chance to come out front and create a funky balance to Thomas’ crystal clear voice.
Closing the CD with “Hunger,” Thomas accompanies her voice with soft keyboards, completing her story telling venture, explaining ‘no one should wait too long to free themselves’ in life.
Tracy Kash Thomas has a clear, easy to understand voice. Her accompaniments are a tight group of players. Already featured on radio stations in Detroit, Thomas is on her way to establishing her independence as an artist.
- Nina Goodrich,

"Tracy Kash Thomas ~ There and Back Again"

Artist: Tracy Kash Thomas

CD: There and Back Again

Home: Detroit, Michigan

Style: Jazz/Soul/Pop

Quote: "Thomas has a strong and distinctive voice; one that demands to be heard."

By Dan MacIntosh

Tracy Kash Thomas, with her pale complexion and Asian dress, suggests a frail flower vocalist. But the lightly funky “My Own Worst Enemy” opener tells a different story. This singer is sassy, confident and assertive.

There and Back Again touches upon jazz elements in addition to soul stirrings. She uses groove-oriented backing tracks to support girl power songs. Although her words are mostly straightforward and serious, “Hunger” takes a lighthearted approach with lines like, “fear is not your happy friend.” Like most other independent artists, Thomas has big league dreams. She gets straight to that point on “Relocation Song” where she asks: “When you hear this, will you take pity and offer me a record deal and everything I hope I deserve?”

Thomas helped found an all women a cappella group called Lorelei. She is also an accomplished flute player. Heck, her song “Home” is even found on the CD ROM accompanying “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to MP3,” so she has plenty of irons in the fire.

But if and when Thomas gets that label offer she cannot refuse, it will not come out of pity – as is jokingly suggested by “Relocation Song.” Thomas has a strong and distinctive voice, one that demands to be heard. Any success she achieves will most certainly be earned.

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Some Strong Potion - 2000
There and Back Again - 2006
Sound Truth - April 2010
Tracks have been featured on various Detroit radio outlets including WHFR, WQKL-Ann Arbor's 107.1, WVMV, as well as numerous internet stations.



Award-winning musician Tracy Kash Thomas began her musical life as a classical musician. Armed with a Bachelor's degree from University of North Texas, a veritable jazz factory producing musicians such as Lou Marini and Stefan Karlsson - and a Master's degree from the venerable Boston Conservatory, Tracy is an accomplished flutist. In her former life, she performed on flute and piccolo regularly with the Cape Cod Symphony, New England Philharmonic, and Irving (Texas) Symphony Orchestras, among others. Add her impeccable songwriting, arranging and production talents to the mix and it is easy to see why she is an established musician's musician in her native Detroit, where she currently lives, as well as in her previous hometown, New York City. Thomas's music represents the variety of genres in which she has shown she can comfortably and brilliantly immerse herself, including swing, Latin jazz, R&B/soul, and roots rock. This unique variety thrills live audiences as well as her growing radio following.

Tracy won the 2009 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and has been nominated for numerous others including Outstanding Jazz Composer, Modern Jazz Band, Jazz Instrumentalist (piano), R&B Composer, R&B Vocalist, and Outstanding Jazz Album for her 2006 release, There and Back Again. Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame, enamored of her classical bent and rock sensibility, invited her on stage as a guest flutist at his 2003 State Theater concert. Likewise, renowned folk-jazz singer/songwriter Tom Prasada-Rao invited Tracy to join him on flute/vocals during his 2009 Harbor Springs, Michigan concert.

Her composition "Wading in Waiting" was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2004 Metro Detroit Songwriting Contest.

Of her 2006 release, There and Back Again, L. Anne Carrington of Indie-Music Stop says "Those who appreciate true music sung and performed by artists who know how to do it right will no doubt love "There and Back Again."

"In this age of voices made 'pretty' with lots of sound effects and machinery, Tracy Kash stands out as "real". Lush vocals, intriguing lyrics, and a jazzy beat, Kash is one to be listened to as a true talent."
----Karen E. Reynolds, Writer's Block, WDVX, Clinton, TN