Thelma Houston Biography
Thelma Houston continues to celebrate her outstanding career (over 21 albums) and shows no signs of slowing down.
Her 2007 CD, "A Woman's Touch," features Thelma's rich interpretations of many classic R&B and pop recordings.
These are the songs originally made famous by Luther Vandross, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sting, and others.
From Mississippi, Thelma started in the 1960's performing in gospel with the Art Reynolds Singers.
She signed to Capitol Records (home of the Beatles, Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson) in 1967, and had her first hit song “Baby Mine."
Next stop was Motown Records where she released her first solo album Sunshower, written, arranged and produced by the legendary Jimmy Webb.
While with Motown, Thelma claimed the top of the pop, R&B and dance charts with her high-powered rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way.”
That Gold Record classic gave Thelma the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the Grammy Award for "Best R&B Female Vocal Performance".
Thelma is a humanitarian for charitable causes including her tireless effort in the battle against AIDS. The City of West Hollywood proclaimed a special day as "Thelma Houston Day" acknowledging her work for the cause.
She has donated her talents to charities including "Devine Design" for Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles & the Minority AIDS Project, for which she donated her $20,000 winnings from the TV show “Hit Me Baby."
Thelma Houston has been inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City and honored as an "Apollo Legend" on the syndicated hit Television show, Showtime at the Apollo."
Thelma has appeared with Phoebe Snow, Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples, and CeCe Peniston as the "Sisters of Glory," in New York City.
The performance received a special request to perform at The Vatican for The Pope.
Tokyo, Las Vegas, and London are just a few spots Thelma hits as she continues to tour and bring audiences to their feet with her dynamic, energetic show.
She logs over 200 performances a year, and continues to enjoy every moment of her success.
The singer songwriter says "I still feel a tremendous excitement about performing, and I have so many more things I want to do."
Thelma currently lives in Los Angeles, California.