I Wish by Carl Thomas
Carl Thomas was born in Aurora, Illinois in 1972. In 1997, while performing in New York, he caught the attention of Sean “Puffy” Combs. His debut single, I Wish flew to the top of the R&B charts for six weeks. His debut album Emotional hit #2 on the R&B Album chart, #9 on the Hot 200. His follow up singles charted well on the R&B chart, Summer Rain (#18/#80 on Hot 100) and Emotional (#8/#47 Hot 100) and his future looked bright.
His follow up album Let’s Talk About It (2004) also fared well, peaking at #2 on the R&B chart (#4 on the Hot 200). The two singles from the album She Is and Make it Alright were minor hits, failing to crack the Hot 100, but hitting #56 and #33 on the R&B chart. So what happened? Thomas’ step brother was killed in a drive by shooting which caused him to take a sabbatical from music and delayed and interrupted the album’s promotion.
In December 2006, he, alongside Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams and Gerald Levert earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their soundtrack (from Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion) single Everyday (Family Reunion).
Signed to Bungalo in 2007, he released So Much Better which again fared well on the R&B album chart (#2) and did very well on the Hot 200 (#25). The lone single (2 Pieces) from the album failed to crack the Hot 100, but hit #63 on the R&B chart.
In 2011, now with Verve Music Group, he released Conquer. It hit #21 on the R&B album chart, but barely made a splash on the Hot 200 at #165. The lone single Don’t Kiss Me made it to #54 on the R&B Singles chart.