"STAY WITH ME" NEW MUSIC "STAY WITH ME"
"STAY WITH ME" NEW MUSIC "STAY WITH ME"
Miracle Thomas is a vocalist, songwriter and producer whose musical roots began at the incredible early age of three, when she sang publicly with "The Gems of Truth Gospel Choir" in her Lynchburg, Virginia hometown. In her early teens she relocated to Washington, District of Columbia and began to write songs and perform in local talent shows. Miracle's voice is mesmerizing with sensual low tones and incredible high notes. She sings all genres of music; keeping the listener wanting more. She has demonstrated her versatility as a songwriter by writing over 800 songs that include a wide variety of genres as Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Country, Alternative, etc. No, you cannot put her in a box!
Through private tutoring and studies in voice and drama, Miracle established a solid foundation for her musical career. She was professionally trained by the late Dr. Napoleon Reed, one of the original cast members in the Broadway Show "Carmen Jones." Since they worked together for 10 years and developed a wonderful relationship, she quite vividly recalls Dr. Reed's inspiring stories of former cast members of color such as Dorothy Dandridge and the obstacles they faced while performing at different venues. She credits him for his strong insight and guidance that continue to keep her keenly aware of the fact that she stands on the shoulders of so many great performers that opened doors and paved the way for her. She concludes, "I am thankful for the ancestors and all those who make it a little easier for me to share my talents." She says, "Dr. Reed's wisdom helped to prepare her mentally as I face the challenges of the competitive music business."
Miracle also receives a great deal of inspiration from powerhouses such as Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Randy Crawford, The Emotions, Deniece Williams, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Chuck Mangione, Babyface, BeBe and CeCe Winans, White Snake, opera singers Denyce Graves and Kiri Te Kanawa, the late Whitney Houston, Phyllis Hyman, Luther Vandross, Bob Marley and her uncle Carl Anderson, known for his song "Buttercup." She explains, "Uncle Carl was very protective and advised me to be careful as I pursued my musical goals."
She fondly recalls him saying that she would have to sacrifice a great deal most of the time and be willing to give more than one hundred percent all of the time. As a result of this kind of influence and encouragement, she has won several noteworthy national and international songwriting contests.
In 1993, Miracle released her first single on an independent local record label; Goff Records, distributed by Liaison. The song was a remake of the hit Go-Go band Experience Unlimited (E.U.) "Got To Be Wherever You Are". She recorded three versions, a ballad, mid tempo and Go-Go mix featuring rapper James Funk and conga player Freeman Milton aka "Go-Go Mickey" from the Go-Go group Rare Essence; produced by the late Ivan Goff and the late Kent Wood (former members of Experience Unlimited (E.U.)). The song remained on the Top 20 Countdown radio stations: WKYS, WPGC, and WHUR on Kevin James’ syndicated “Slow Jams” (in Washington, D.C.), 92Q (Baltimore, Maryland), and other Urban National radio stations in the Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia and Power 99 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The song also received tremendous airplay in her hometown Lynchburg, Virginia from WJJS (Madd Ladd, Cisco and Robbie Thomas aka Rocking Robbie). James T. Jones a music review editor from USA Today said, "I was impressed with the ballad version. It has strong background vocals and the song was written well. I look forward to seeing her perform live."
Miracle followed up with another single, "Find Someone New" in 1994. She wrote and produced the song and the late Michael Hughes produced the music and released the song using Liaison as the distributor on Zebra Records. The song did well in the Mid-Atlantic Region. She also sang at the late Marion Barry’s second Inauguration along with the late Godfather of Go Go Chuck Brown in Washington, D.C. Miracle states, “It was an honor singing with the Godfather of Go Go as well as preforming for the late mayor.
In 1996, Miracle sang on the Go Go Remix hit rap group Wreckx-n-Effect’s song “Top Billin’”, the song was produced by Gene Griffin. She also recorded a song with Chris Stokes, the manager and producer of the group Immature. Miracle explains, “Chris was in town (Maryland) for two days; Immature was on tour. We recorded a song line by line with the exception of him letting me do my own thing during the chorus. Working with Chris was exciting and challenging. He taught me a few tricks about production.” Miracle recorded a remake “Close To You” with producers Ollen “Tricky Rick” Hopkins and the late Al Johnson from the group The Unifics. I had a good time recording with Uncle Al. He was my music director and he shared his expertise in writing music scores and executing memorable vocal riffs. He will truly be missed!”
Miracle went to Miss Patti LaBelle private rehearsal in her studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Patti and Miracle sang her signature song “Over The Rainbow”. Miracle explains, “When Miss Patti was singing the verse of the song she invited me to sing after the second chorus. It was incredible watching her hit those high notes. Although I could hit the same notes, I didn’t have the power like Miss LaBelle. Hail to the Queen!”
Among her achievements and accolades are: local talent show winner in The Coors Super Talent Showcase; Camp Springs, Maryland; finals held at The Warner Theater in Washington, District of Columbia. She has opened shows for such great artists as R. Kelly, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Father MC, Regina Belle, The Manhattans, The Dells, II D Extreme, Kim Waters, the late Gerald Levert and many others. One of her most influential performances occurred when Miracle appeared before an enthusiastic audience of over 30,000 at Baltimore's AFRAM Music Festival. She also sang the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls Basketball Game, when Michael Jordan was starting to a crowd of over 19,000. She has performed and recorded Whitney Houston's hit song "Miracle" and for the very first time, Video Soul (former BET show with hosts Donnie Simpson and Sherry Carter) showcased her as an artist who, at the time, had not officially recorded.
Miracle was featured in several magazines and newspapers. In November 1993, she was in the Best of Rap and R&B November Issue written by Jill Greenleigh. In May 1994, she was in the that same magazine following up with a song that she wrote and produced called “Find Someone New”. The song featured comedian Chris Thomas who at the time was on headlining the Def Comedy Jam Tour featuring comedians Ricky Harris and Chris Tucker. Th e song “Find Someone New” was featured in the Billboard Magazine. James T. Jones IV from USA Today reviewed the song “Find Someone New”. Sister 2 Sister Magazine featured Miracle in the April 1994 issue and to top things off Devante’ from the group Jodeci said, “Miracle has the purest voice that I’ve ever heard.”
In May and August of 2017, Miracle sang the National Anthem in her hometown at the Hillcats Minor League Baseball Game; five times. Robbie Thomas aka Rocking Robbie a former radio personality from WJJS Radio Station introduced her to the General Manager Ronnie Roberts from the team. Miracle states, “I really enjoy singing especially to a large audience. I don’t care if I am singing the ABC’s. I am going to put my heart and soul into it.”
Miracle took time out of the recording industry to focus on her son “Truck”. He was diagnosed with autism at a very young age and she has committed herself to homeschooling him as well as making sure that he has play dates with his peers. She explains, “I never gave up on my music. I had to give my son so much of me and I refused to allow others to make decisions for him especially when I was capable of being there for him. My son is older and he’s the one that pushed me to get back out there and start performing again. We have a good time traveling and meeting new people. I am going to start singing at more Autism Awareness Events because it is crucial that people understand that a diagnosis of Autism isn’t the end of your life; it does have its challenges but with the right drive and support you can get through it. I cannot give up on my child. If I give up on him I will be giving up on myself.” Miracle continues to develop her unique and highly marketable style. She sings at special events and is in the process of recording a project showcasing her writing abilities and vocal styles.
Musically speaking...Expect A Miracle!!!