RHONDA THOMAS, SOUL/JAZZ VOCALIST excitedly announces the release of her fifth solo album, “VINYL DAZE”. This album is released as a collaborative effort between Atlanta Records (a new imprint under Ropeadope Records) and Ms. Thomas’ label, Rhonvocals Productions/ HNL Records.
VINYL DAZE is a project born from a conversation Rhonda had with producers Darren “Daz-i-kue” Benjamin (of the U.K.’s Bugz in the Attic), Khari Cabral Simmons (leader of soul bossa group, JIVA and bassist for India Arie) and Julius Speed. She told the gentlemen that she wanted a project that felt like Quincy Jones and George Duke made it for Patrice Rushen, Michael Jackson and Phyllis Hyman. As a collective, they set forth penning tunes that utilized their new millennium musicianship while allowing for a 1981 sound to guide them. Rhonda also called on her musical friends such as award winning songwriter, Kipper Jones, vocalists, Avery Sunshine (“The Sun Room”), Donnie Johnson (“The Colored Section”) and Fred “Freddy Boy” Sawyers (who sang beside Rhonda for ten years as a background singer for soul icon, Isaac Hayes) to co-write, sing and vocally produce songs with her for this sonic labor of love.
"This is an album filled with life, living and all that comes with it. This is an album that reminded me of how fun and good music used to be. This is an album that reminded me of how fun and good music can still be. Vinyl Daze is an album that I recommend for all..." - Jon Goode of www.VerbalSlick.com (US)
"The former Isaac Hayes protégé is, in my book at least, one of the most underrated vocalists on the indie soul scene and this time steps slightly more into the soul mainstream." - Chris Wells of Echoes Magazine (UK)