Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Vaneese is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, whose legendary career as a musician and entertainer began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio.
Her older siblings are the hit recording artists “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist and producer, Marvell Thomas.
Embracing this remarkable musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, a music that has touched several generations and crossed many divides. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience – R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.
She can been heard as a session vocalist for many artists such as Sting, Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Wonder among many others.
Her 2014 album “Blues For My Father” was a chart success and was nominated for 2 Blues Music Awards.
Her latest release, “Down Yonder” was recently added the WYCE Music Library.