Jazz Musical Festival in Kota Kinabalu

Sybil Thomas

Sybil Thomas

Sybil Thomas was born to sing, to a line of music royalty that is unmatched. As the daughter of the legendary Rufus Thomas, the Stax Records recording artist, who was a famous disc jockey from the WDIA radio in Memphis Tennessee, known for “The Memphis Sound”, and the sister of Carla Thomas; she has been singing since the age of five, and is bound for greatness. Her first big break came in the early 70’s when she toured Italy with the distinguished group, The Platters, as the only female singer.

In her career, she has worked with other such music artists as Jeffrey Osborne, Luther Vandross, Phyllis Hyman, and George Duke. She has also collaborated with 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 1970’s and early 1980’s. 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.

Now currently based in Asia, Sybil is always looking for the next opportunity, the next chance to take her musical journey to the next level. She is intent on living her life like the adventure it has been so far, with a pack of friends and an R&B soul just waiting to burst forward.

SYBIL THOMAS, a Hong Kong based singer, with nearly 40 years of experience in the music industry. Born into the renowned Thomas family of Stax Record fame, led by legendary recording artist and WDIA Radio disc jockey Rufus Thomas. We are proud to announce that KulTone Records is releasing Sybil Thomas’ album titled “BREATHE” on March 8th in conjunction with the KK Jazz Festival.

“BREATH” is her R&B project, a modern take on the genre shaped from her experiences and travels, while still paying proper homage to the roots and elements of the genre. With this project, we hope to bring R&B back into the contemporary music scene through her understanding of how this music should sound and feel to those who listen to it. We hope to share this unique experience with people around the world, so that they will enjoy the true essence of R&B music.