Singer. Songspeller. Storyteller.
"Born in Chicago to a hippie-turned-born-again mother who only permitted her to listen to country/western out of the world of popular music, Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter and dramatist that logged time in Los Angeles and New York City. In the latter, Thomas honed her craft playing in power trio Earl Greyhound and twangy side project the Ghost Gamblers. (She also served as the driving force behind the weekly Honky-Tonk Happy Hour series at the Living Room on the Lower East Side.) Performing in the vicinity of her current Durham home with her ace band the Night Drivers, Thomas is working on her successfully crowdfunded debut Tularosa: An American Dreamtime, which explores the Mythic West through a song cycle about a forsaken plot of New Mexico land. It will be a culmination of the first august stage of a storytelling career from the little girl who once eagerly soaked up the voices of Dolly, Emmylou, Loretta Lynn and the 1970s outlaws."
-- Paste Magazine, "14 Artists Proving Black Americana is Real", Kandia Crazy Horse, 2017
Kamara Thomas is a songwriter, storyteller, and mythology fanatic based in Durham, NC. This year she is working on her debut solo album TULAROSA: AN AMERICAN DREAMTIME, a collection of character narratives from inside the elusive and complicated American Dream.
Kamara has also been developing "songspells" -- multidisciplinary musical storytelling works. As a resident at Yaddo, she began development on both "Tularosa" and "Bulgaria", a musical fairy tale based on the myths of Persephone and Eurydice in the underworld, which challenges patriarchal assumptions about feminine creative experience. In 2015 Kamara performed the "Tularosa" song-cycle as a featured artist for Lincoln Center Education, and she has presented workshop productions of "Bulgaria" at various New York venues. Kamara made her directorial debut in 2016 with her short film "Oh Gallows", a conceptual preview of the Tularosa theatre work.