Owner & Instructor, Michele Thomas
Michele Thomas is an American jazz musician, vocalist and songwriter from Chicago, IL. From growing up singing in church, to becoming the founding director of North Park University’s gospel choir, to performing and teaching in Scandinavia, and then carrying that skill back to her hometown, Michele Thomas and her talents have carried her through a fantastic array of experiences within the massive world that is, music.
By combining her gospel background with her deep love of jazz and appreciation for contemporary soul and R&B, Michele has crafted a sound that doesn’t conform to one genre, but rather elegantly evokes the elements that make these genres so dynamic. Michele has been compared to other powerful African-American singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and Anita Baker. Michele has recorded two albums with the help of some of Chicago’s finest session musicians including her husband, Darren Scorza on drums and producing. Her first album, I’ll Take Romance, was very well received with Asha Brodie of JazzReview.com stating:
“Indeed, if larks could record CDs, they'd sound like Michele. She has a style that is joyful and soulful, her love for jazz music emanates through her scats and song phrasing.”
And Grammy award winning jazz artist Yusef Lateef commenting that, “(She) has her own vocal sound, which is beautiful by the Grace of God.”
Michele Thomas has not only flourished as a jazz artist but as a music and voice instructor having ventured out to start Soulstream Music Studio of which she is the sole proprietor for the past 10 years. With a personal mission to focus on Contemporary Commercial Music as the basis of a vocal coaching program, Michele has dedicated herself to teaching serious techniques that cater to non-classical singing, helping to fill a significant niche in the Chicago vocal coaching community. Michele is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Jazz Education Network.
Michele Thomas - Upcoming Performances