Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston
Release date
01 January 1970
Thelma Houston
01 January 1970 |

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After decades of performing, Thelma Houston continues to celebrate her long and outstanding career and shows
no signs of slowing down!

Over the course of many years, promoters have been asking Thelma, when is she going to return to her Motown

After much thought, Thelma has decided that the timing was right to launch a brand new band show called:
“THELMA HOUSTON’s MOTOWN Experience” The show features non-stop classic Motown songs (that we all
know and love,) along with a tribute to Ms. Houston’s friend, the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin!

Thelma was asked to join a stellar list of artists honoring the illustrious career of the late Donna Summer, who
Thelma knew. Thelma recorded covers of Donna’s classic songs: “Last Dance,” Could it Be Magic?” and “I Love You.”
Thelma’s 23rd album, “A Woman’s Touch“, was released recently through Shout Factory Records (distributed by
Sony/BMG) and offers her rich interpretations of many classic R&B and pop recordings originally made famous by
such male vocalists as Luther Vandross, Rev. Al Green, Sting and Marvin Gaye.

A Mississippi native, Thelma started out in the 60’s performing in gospel music with the Art Reynolds Singers. She
then signed to Capitol Records (home of the Beatles, Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson) in 1967 and had her first hit
song called “Baby Mine.” Soon Thelma was courted by several record labels and signed with ABC/Dunhill where
she recorded and released her first solo album called “Sunshower” which was written, arranged and produced by
the legendary Jimmy Webb. After this critically acclaimed album was released, Thelma decided to accept an offer
from one of the biggest record companies around, Motown Records.

With Motown Records, Thelma claimed the top of the Pop, R&B and Dance charts with her high-powered rendition
of “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” That Gold Record classic gave Thelma the distinction of being the first solo female
artist at Motown to win the Grammy Award for “Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.”

Known as a humanitarian for her charitable causes and her tireless efforts in the battle against AIDS, the City of
West Hollywood proclaimed January 29th as “Thelma Houston Day” in 2003. She has donated her talents to
numerous charities including Devine Design for Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Minority
AIDS Project, to which she donated her $20.000 winnings from the TV show Hit Me Baby. She is also very active in
the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the NAACP.

Thelma has rocked Rockefeller Center on NBC’s The Today Show and the summer music special “Hit Me Baby, One
More Time.” She dazzled in ABC’s Motown 45 and glittered on ABC’s The Disco Ball. Along with Aretha Franklin
and Mary Wilson, she raised the roof on Love, Rhythm and Blues for PBS. Thelma appeared with Phoebe Snow,
Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples and CeCe Peniston as the “Sisters of Glory” in New York City in a rousing performance
that received a special request to perform at The Vatican for The Pope.

The legendary Nile Rogers called upon Thelma to be his special guest for a sold out concert at the Hollywood Bowl
and she toured with Cher on her Living Proof Concert Tour. Additionally, she headlined at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.
Thelma has also been inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City and honored as an “Apollo
Legend” on the syndicated hit TV show, Showtime at the Apollo.

In April 2009, Thelma was honored to perform on the #1 rated television show in the USA, Fox’s American Idol,
where she tore it up for an estimated audience of over 25 million people. Shortly after, Thelma was called upon to
open up the finale of the hit summer show, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, for an estimated TV audience of over 18
million people. Thelma performs at many national dinner receptions for the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and
was honored to perform in Denver when Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination. In January 2009,
Thelma then was asked to headline the official inauguration dinner for President Barack Obama in Washington,
D.C., at the Mayflower Hotel along with her friends, Cyndi Lauper and Melissa Etheridge. HRC President Joe
Solmonese says, “It doesn’t get much better than Thelma, as she adds nothing but class to our events.”

2020 looks good as I collaborated with Morrissey on “Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know.” “It was interesting and
fun working in the studio,” he said. “I enjoy performing very much. The performance part of my job is what I enjoy
the most. When I perform, I like to do all kinds of music and I try to incorporate that in my show. For me, to do one
kind of thing all the time is boring. Morrissey heard the song and a few years later, he asked me to do this song on
his album. It was very easy to work with Morrissey in the studio,” she said.

Also released in early 2020 is the the dance single “Turn Your World Around” with Bimbo Jones. “I’ve worked with
Lee Dagger from Bimbo Jones before. He has done some remixes for me. That’s how the song came about. We
wrote the song a few years ago and it was a lot of fun.” The song was worked on the Billboard Dance Charts and
went all the way to #7.

With appearances from Tokyo to Las Vegas to London and beyond, Thelma continues to bring audiences to their
feet with her dynamic, energetic Motown show. This Diva logs over 200 performances annually and the
singer/songwriter is enjoying every moment of her success. “I still feel a tremendous excitement about performing,”
states the upbeat songstress. “I have so many more things I want to do and I have NO plans to retire anytime soon.”


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