Check out the story behind this review/post on my BLOG. It's pretty amazing and sad, yet uplifting.” - David Mills

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From back in the day...Here are some of the ONE & TWENTY press clips & online reviews... A kick ass CD. A great blend of rocking sounds and meaningful lyrics. The CD takes you on a trip through wonderfully varied sonic terrains and the Carol Thomas' soulful voice draws you from one emotional corner to another. I love all the tracks, the achingly beautiful "Comfort" (track #7) is my favorite. I find myself listening to it over and over again. This is a CD worth owning and worth listening to often." --Dae Chang, CDBaby Holy Cow...what a record. (5 stars)...I think I saw this band in a small (small) club in Manhattan called Nightengales. In a blurry, narrow room with a subpar PA, this band and this singer's voice, were as clear as a crispy winter realization. So...i bought the album. It doesn't disappoint. Two clear winners: Beekman Place, a poppy and well-crafted song that needles at the bittersweet heart of nostalgia, and Poor Ophelia, an acknowledgement (I suppose) to Hamlet's tortured girlfriend and the pangs of lost love. Buy this record!" --hamhands, iTunes '08 WOMANROCK by Thomas SchulteReview of our CD "I Don't Remember Falling"ONE & TWENTY is a quartet with a funky side to their rock-n-roll. Featured in this ensemble is the powerful, soulful voice of vocalist Carol Thomas. Thomas, a black woman and guitarist, takes One & Twenty down an R&B-inspired style path not usually encountered in rock groups...If Nina Simone, with a lyric similar to Thomas, had decided to go rock and roll, the result would have been something like One & Twenty. UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE "Lead singer/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Carol Thomas has a powerhouse voice which handles emotion, strength, and sensitivity with equal skill....With amazing songs, musicianship, and Carol Thomas' exceptional vocal talents, ONE & TWENTY is definitely a band to check out and watch their development. NYROCK by Bill RibasReview of our CD "I Don't Remember Falling""Carol Thomas has a bold and powerful voice, plays a solid rhythm guitar, and with her bandmates fires up a mix of rocking and introspective tunes. On "Bass Line," the guitar leads... positively sizzle as Thomas urgently advises a lover. And on the slower songs, like "Poor Orphelia," again it's the combination of lead guitar and vocals that are front and center and define the song...I'd hazard a comparison to Joan Armatrading, since both artists share a commitment to songwriting, crafting the musical and lyrical side intently. Here is a disc to savor, to be enveloped by, to fall into. Thanks to One & Twenty, the listener gets the feeling that the world's a better place. ROCKRGRRL MAGAZINE by Kathleen Warnock Review of our CD "I Don't Remember Falling""Carol Thomas plays rhythm guitar and wails in a huge voice in front of crunchy guitar licks. Surrounded by musicians on a similar wavelength..., One & Twenty plays mad, sad, intelligent rock. Thomas's voice is the fifth instrument. GO GIRLS MUSIC by Deborah KeithReview of our CD "I Don't Remember Falling""With its a cappella opener for "Beekman Place" One & Twenty grabs the listener's attention with deep soulful lyrics delivered with the rich beautiful voice of Carol Thomas. Poetic lyrics describing one's soulful search for life's meaning and need for human connection are complimented by equally good musical arrangements and fine musicianship. VILLAGE VOICE by Maya KremenArticle describing Carol Thomas involvement in the organizing of Ladyfest East 2001 - 09/01, andONE & TWENTY's performance at the May 2001 benefit.Click HERE for the entire VOICE article.HERE is A cool 'Zine article on the LadyFests of 2001 @LMANAC, by Sharon NicholsWoodstock Times (and 6 other area papers!)PICK OF THE WEEK"How many times have you seen a black woman leading a kick-ass rock band? asks Carol Thomas of One and Twenty. Hmm...lemme think about that. Jazz? Sure. Blues? Uh-huh. Reggae? Of course. Rock? Um...probably never. She's right. It ain't that common. Thomas is the songwriter, lead singer, guitarist and driving force behind the New York City quartet whose groovy, funky, rockin' sounds have been her emotional emancipation since 1995. "It's the freedom to explore honest emotions and feel without distraction," she says. Thomas formed One and Twenty--whose name came from a poem about cynicism and love by A.E. Houseman--and they regularly played at the Rhinecliff Hotel, Tinker Street Cafe and Cabaloosas before branching out all over the northeast. Thomas, a finalist in the 1998 Lilith Fair Talent Search, has been accused of conjuring Grace Slick, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin and Anne Wilson with her raging vocals. Teaming up with drummer Clyde Alford, bassist Jon Chazen and guitarist John Hickey, they recently released their debut CD, I Don't Remember Falling, describing it as honest, involving and relevant music with soul and conscience--which ain't that common in rock either... Give your ears a wakeup call, your minds some expansion and see Carol Thomas rock.”

— Various

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Last gig for 2019. Joining forces with Jenny Van West. Polished corners represent! We would love to see your smiling faces at this show. xoxo CT!


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Carol Thomas and Jenny Van West together at Espresso 77

Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Heights, NY

Hello beautiful people! I'm so psyched for this gig because I am sharing the bill with my good friend Jenny Van West. We will have some special guests and family members sitting in. It should be a truly special, and rare night. This will be my last gig for the year and probably for a while. I'd like to take some time to write some new stuff, so I'm going to devote some time to that over the winter months. A one-off may pop into the calendar, but I'll be laying low for the winter. So come join us!! My band for this gig will be Jason Isaac on drums, Bill Bell on keys, and Paul Trust on bass. For more info, go to my website! Also, I have a bunch of new videos on my YouTube Channel. Check them out share and PLEASE subscribe :) NO COVER. If you are a Facebook user, please RSVP via the event. xoxo

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Friday Night Tea Party #3: 10.18.19

Swing The Teapot, 6 Verbena Ave, Floral Park, NY

You are cordially invited to the third installment of the Friday Night Tea Party, a new songwriter series at Swing the Teapot in Floral Park, NY. This month’s feature is Carol Thomas. Carol performs her soulful tunes at 9pm. Alan Semerdjian follows for the later set at 10:40pm. Expect collaboration. Book a table for dinner now.



Queens of Queens 2019!

LIC Bar, 4558 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY

I'm back at LIC Bar with the band for the 2019 Queens of Queens. Honored to be invited back. Psyched to perform again with a full band and with this great group of women. Bring the family to check out these great musicians in the outdoor space. Also performing:

Jeneen Terrana Little Embers Shelly Bhushan Marissa Dwyer Carol Thomas Melissa Gordon Lesley Barth

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