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Irma Thomas
Soul Queen of New Orleans

Irma Thomas & The Professionals

Jun 08
Miner Auditorium

Working with Gulf Coast legend Allen Toussaint, Thomas recorded a string of regional and national R&B hits, including “Wish Someone Would Care,” “Ruler of my Heart” (a tune adapted by Otis Redding and renamed “Pain in my Heart), and “Time Is on My Side” – a single that inspired the version made famous by the Rolling Stones. Since signing with Rounder Records in the mid-80s she’s released a series of superlative gospel and soul albums, including 2006’s After The Rain, a session embodying her hometown’s resilience and enduring soul in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that won Thomas her first GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album. She has a lengthy history of collaboration with the likes of BB King, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, and Galactic, and her music has appeared in the soundtracks numerous films and television shows including Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law and the recent British sci-fi series phenomenon Black Mirror. Now a sprightly 76, Irma Thomas is as active as ever, recording and touring worldwide. She was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

An R&B icon since the 1960s best known for her work with Allen Toussaint, the GRAMMY-winning singer is universally known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans.”

She is one of a generation of singers who married the soulful thrust of rhythm and blues to the blissful romanticism of pop.

The New York Times

She is one of a generation of singers who married the soulful thrust of rhythm and blues to the blissful romanticism of pop.

The New York Times

Watch & Listen

Irma Thomas

Anyone Who Knows What Love Is

Irma Thomas

Got to Bring it With You

Irma Thomas

Anyone Who Knows What Love Is

Irma Thomas

Got to Bring it With You