IRMA THOMAS 2018-07-11T10:55:53-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Irma Thomas

THE LEGACY: Irma Thomas, one of New Orleans’ most beloved singers, has been performing for nearly 60 years at dances, festivals and, perhaps most notably, the Audubon Zoo, where her annual Mother’s Day concerts attract thousands every year. Equally effective in gospel, soul, R&B and pop, Thomas knows that her audiences expect standards such as “It’s Raining,” “I Done Got Over,” “Breakaway” and “Wish Someone Would Care,” all of which she delivers in a voice that seems to have become richer with the passing years. “The voice is maturing with me,” she said in a 2017 interview. “I’ve learned how to sing without screaming.” And for decades, her fans in New Orleans and beyond have been singing along with the woman who has fittingly been dubbed “The Soul Queen of New Orleans.”

THE ARTIST: Jeff Morgan

THE INSPIRATION: “Her voice … just envelops you. It’s like putting a warm blanket on when you hear Irma sing.” — Scott Billington, Thomas’ longtime producer, in a 2018 NPR interview