Sybil Thomas at Jimmy Hornet, Zhongshan China
When Doc White was performing at Jimmy Hornet, he mentioned he’d met an American woman, now Hong Kong-based, with a music royalty background. It took some extended negotiation and cajoling, but Sybil Thomas agreed to visit the mainland and perform in Zhongshan for Jimmy Hornet.
Incredibly energetic, talkative and kind, Sybil was a pleasure to work with. Her super talented guitarist (Geoff King Luk) accompanied her, and the two delighted the audience with old blues and soul tunes, peppered with the odd Sybil Thomas original number.
Sybil Thomas was born to sing. She has been singing since she was five years of age. Her first big break came in the early ’70s when she toured Italy with the distinguished group, The Platters , and was their only female singer. Sybil is from a line of music royalty. Daughter of the legendary Rufus Thomas, the Stax Records recording artist and famous disc jockey from WDIA radio in Memphis Tennessee. Sybil is also the sister of Carla Thomas.
She has worked with music artists such as Jeffrey Osborne, Luther Vandross, Phyllis Hyman, and George Duke. As well as international legends such as jazz trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura, singing the lead vocals on the song entitled, “The Only One For Me” featured on the Hot Shot album; and Teramasu Hino, the renowned jazz saxophonist. She has toured with remarkable artists such as Lou Rawls and The Pointer Sisters. She has toured internationally with many Grammy award-winning artists, such as Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, and Stevie Wonder. Her captivating voice has been heard on several internationally aired commercials for Max Factor, Britannia Jeans, and Yoplait Yogurt to name a few.
Sybil’s voice and passion for music have brought down the house in several New York nightclubs, such as the Apollo Theatre, 7th Avenue South, and Green Street Bar and Café in the Village, as she worked the circuit in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her international hit record, “Rescue Me” and the voice of Raw Silk’s “Do It to the Music”, from West End Records, has stood the test of time and is still on the request list all over Europe.
Sybil has also made several special television appearances on the hit comedy show “Saturday Night Live“. She would be seen singing backup for several Eddie Murphy skits, Joe Cocker, and comedian Lily Tomlin.
Sybil Thomas, Geoff King Luk, Anthea Palmer at Jimmy Hornet China
1977 Reach for It | George Duke | Vocals
1978 Love Affair | Gary Bartz | Vocals (Background)
1979 Somewhere in My Lifetime | Phyllis Hyman | Vocals (Background)
1980 Rain Forest | Jay Hoggard | Vocals 1981 Never Too Much | Luther Vandross | Vocals (Background)
1987 Carasmatic | Irene Cara | Vocals (Background)
1991 Dream On | George Duke | Vocals
1996 Greatest Hits | George Duke | Vocals, Rap
1996 Legacy of Phyllis Hyman | Phyllis Hyman | Vocals (Background)
1998 This Is Jazz, Vol. 37 | George Duke | Vocals
1998 Remembered [Roadshow] | Phyllis Hyman | Vocals (Background)
2003 Essential Luther Vandross [2-CD/DVD] | Luther Vandross | Vocals
2003 Essential Luther Vandross  | Luther Vandross | Vocals
2003 Essential Luther Vandross [Limited Edition 3.0] | Luther Vandross | Vocals
2004 Collection: Never Too Much/The Power of Love/Give Me the Reason | Luther Vandross | Vocals (Background)
2005 Collection: Never Too Much/Forever, For Always, For Love/Busy Body | Luther Vandross | Vocals (Background)
2005 Never Too Much/Forever, For Always, For Love/Busy Body | Luther Vandross | Vocals (Background)
2007 Ultimate George Duke | George Duke | Rap, Vocals
2007 Love, Luther | Luther Vandross | Vocals
2007 Love, Luther [Tri-Fold Book Version] | Luther Vandross | Vocals
2008 One Who Sees All Things | Harry Whitaker | Voices
2009 Music of Luther Vandross | Luther Vandross | Vocals