Tracy Kash Thomas | There and Back Again

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There and Back Again

by Tracy Kash Thomas

Jazz and R&B.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. My Own Worst Enemy
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2. Relocation Song
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3. One More Day
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4. Person I Adore
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5. Make Me Blue
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6. Distraction
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7. Under the Bridge
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8. Dear Betty
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9. One Night
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10. Hunger
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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If Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, and Dianne Reeves had a love child, were that biologically possible among three people, this would be Tracy Kash Thomas. Uh-huh, this young woman is THAT dynamic and versatile. Thomas released her second CD, There and Back Again in July 2006. This collection of original tunes represents the variety of genres in which Thomas has shown she can comfortably and brilliantly immerse herself, including swing, Latin jazz, R&B/smooth jazz, and roots rock. 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. 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. Her unique brand of jazz and jazz-influenced rock/pop, thrills live audiences as well as her growing radio following.

Tracy has been nominated for numerous Detroit Music Awards, most notably in the 2008 jazz categories for Outstanding Composer, Vocalist, and Modern Jazz Band, and in 2007 for Best Jazz Album for her release, There and Back Again. Her original tune “Wading in Waiting” was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2004 Metro Detroit Songwriting Contest.

Her original compositions “Make Me Blue” and “One More Day” made the semi-finals in the prestigious 2005 UK Songwriting Contest. 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.

Tracy was a featured performer on the Oxygen network’s National Tank Tour in New York City. Her song entitled "Home" can be heard on the CD ROM, which accompanies The Complete Idiot's Guide to MP3.

Her extensive media exposure in New York and Detroit, includes the nationally broadcast Mitch Albom Show, and she has done considerable radio and television jingle work nationwide.

Tracy can be heard on the 1999 release of gravelly popular NYC great, Alan Andrews, entitled Cleaned and Pressed. The Tracy Kash Debut album, Some Strong Potion, was released in February, 2000.

“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

“Tracy Kash honestly has one of the most fantastic voices I've heard in a long time. The songwriting is first class...indie stuff at its finest.”
----Jodi Krangle, Muse’s Muse

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Nina Goodrich

There And Back Again, shows (Thomas's) vocal skills, expressing her human experi
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.
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Jo Serrapere, musician

One of the most gorgeous voices on the music scene today!
Tracy Kash has one of the most gorgeous voices on the music scene today. She's an extremely accomplished musician and songwriter, and unlike so many artists I hear, has a writing voice both beautifully familiar and very unique. Tracy could make a killing just singing jazz standards, but she adds a whole new dimension with her writing. Move over Holly Cole.
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L. Anne Carrington-Indie Music Stop

One of the best I have heard in years!
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 lus 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's 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 has a little bit of everything, even for those who normally wouldn’t listen to Thomas’ type of music. Her vocal powers are supple as and her phrasing is sublime as well. She sings with different types of emotion that is 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.
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Dan MacIntosh, Indie-Music.com

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