Carl Thomas (born June 15, 1972) is an American R&B singer. Biography, Thomas attended Aurora East High School. Thomas sang around Chicago and became a member of The Formula. He branched out however, and traveled to New York where he sang at clubs during open-mic nights. One such performance caught the eye of Sean "Puffy" Combs who signed Thomas to Bad Boy Entertainment in 1997. Career, In early 2000 the single "I Wish" was released, which topped the R&B charts, and set the stage for his debut album, Emotional later that year. On the success of the single, and the album's other singles charted on the R&B charts: "Summer Rain" at #18 and the title track "Emotional" at #8. The album was certified platinum (certification) for 1 millions sales. Later rapper Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" featuring Pharrell sampled Thomas' "I Wish" on his 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. His second album, Let's Talk About It, was released March 23, 2004. No singles from this album charted. The album was hurt by the death of Thomas' step brother, Duranthony Evans. He was shot and killed in a drive by on Halloween night on Aurora's east side . This devastated Thomas, causing him to take time off from music and the promotion of his album. He is featured on Amerie's album Touch (2005). On the 2006 2Pac album Pac's Life, he was featured beside Hussein Fatal and Papoose on the track "Dumpin'". On December 7, 2006, Thomas earned a Grammy Award nomination along with Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, and the late Gerald Levert for "Everyday (Family Reunion)" a song from the soundtrack of Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion. The song received a nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocals. His third album, So Much Better, was released May 30, 2007 and reached number 25 on the U.S. Billboard 200. , He is now signed to Verve Music Group. Thomas plans to have a new album entitled "Conquer" due out June 2011! He is featured on Trey Songz 2009 song "Feels So Good".