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Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas, often referred to as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”, is a celebrated R&B and soul singer who has been enchanting audiences for more than six decades. Originating from Ponchatoula, LA just outside of New Orleans; Irma first made waves in the industry in 1960 when she released her debut single ‘You Can Have My Husband (But Please Don’t Mess with My Man)’ which reached number 8 on the US R&B chart.

Fast-forwarding to today, Irma Thomas has since gone on to have a successful career that earned her a spot in The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and an induction into The National Recording Registry. Her music—which she often writes herself—taps into themes like heartache, joy and survival; all of which are deeply rooted in her own lived experiences.

In addition to her solo endeavors, Irma Thomas has also shared stages with some of the most influential figures in music history such as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Her live shows are famed for their energy and passion which truly bring out the best of what it means to be a musician dedicated to their craft.

For those looking to experience Irma Thomas' passion in person, they need look no further than her hometown where the legendary singer performs regularly at local hotspots like the House of Blues or Tipitina's. With over sixty years worth of material under her belt; every night is guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular.

Whether on record or onstage; Irma Thomas continues to be one of New Orleans’ biggest treasures who radiates emotion through everything she touches. Her eclectic blend of blues, jazz and soul ensures that everyone has something special waiting for them whenever she performs.

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