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."
Kamara Thomas is a singer, songspeller, storyteller, multi-disciplinary artist and mythology fanatic, born and raised in Chicago, currently based in Durham, NC. Most recently, Kamara wrote and produced SOAPBOX, a traveling public space performance commissioned for Downtown Durham Inc.’s Public Space Grant. She directed the video “Oh Gallows” in 2016, and her video “Good Luck America” was featured at the 2019 Hayti Heritage Film Festival. Kamara has been a resident artist at Lincoln Center Education and Yaddo, and has been a guest speaker at Duke, Princeton, and Indiana Universities. Kamara was named one of the “14 Artists Proving Black Americana is Real” by Paste Magazine in 2017. For over fifteen years she has fronted numerous musical projects, including hard rock trio Earl Greyhound, Ghost Gamblers, and Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers. She is currently at work producing her album and storytelling work TULAROSA: AN AMERICAN DREAMTIME.