Marcy Thomas (born December 8, 1950), also known as Lyrica Garrett is an American singer and actress. She started off her career as an Ikette in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the 1970s. She also sang with The Undisputed Truth, Rick James, and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. As an actress, she toured with The Wiz production and was later featured on the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood with her daughter Lyrica Anderson.
|Birth name||Marcy Thomas|
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|Born||December 8, 1950|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Life and careerEdit
Marcy Thomas was born in Houston, Texas on December 8, 1950. She became the musical director for a youth choir at twelve years old. By the age of fifteen she was writing lyrics and performing. Uniquely talented at such a young phase.
Thomas successfully auditioned for bandleader Ike Turner to become an Ikette in 1974. She toured with Ike & Tina Turner internationally and appeared on various television shows, including Musikladen, Soul Train, The Midnight Special, and Van Dyke and Company before leaving the Ikettes in 1975.
In 1976, Thomas joined the touring musical production of The Wiz. After two years, she left the production and joined the funk group The Undisputed Truth, replacing Chaka Khan's sister Taka Boom. Thomas was the lead female vocalist on the album Smokin' released in 1979. Thomas was a background vocalist on Rick James' album Street Songs which topped the R&B chart in 1981.
As an actress, she had roles in the films Penitentiary II (1982) and Perfume (1991).
Thomas rejoined Ike Turner as one of his Ikettes in 1988. Later going by the professional name Lyrica Garrett, she toured with Turner in 2006. They performed "River Deep, Mountain High," "Proud Mary," and "Nutbush City Limits" at the Night of the Proms. She also performed with Tears for Fears.
In 2016, Garrett joined the supporting cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, which stars her daughter Lyrica Anderson. The show chronicled Garrett's strained relationship with her son-in-law A1 Bentley and his mother Pam Bentley.
- 2014: "Seasons of Love"
- 2017: "What Goes Around (Karma)"
- 2018: "December Love"
- 2019: "Summertime Love"
- 2006: The Night of the Proms 2006 (Sony BMG)
Backing vocal creditsEdit
- 1978: Johnny "Guitar" Watson– Giant
- 1981: Rick James – Street Songs
- 1985: Dion Miál – "The Indian and the Outlaw"
- 1986: Jesse Johnson – "She (I Can't Resist)"
- 1988: Mark Anthony – Jumpin' Off
- 1992: Sue Ann Carwell – "Painkiller"
- 1992: B Angie B – "A Class Act I"
- 1993: Penny Ford – "Daydreaming"
- 2005: Johnny "Guitar" Watson – The Funk Anthology
- John, Jason (August 30, 2016). "Lyrica Garrett, Lyrica Anderson's Mother". Empire BBK.
- Sabol, Blair (May 1975). "I Was An Ikette for a Night". Esquire: 80.
- "National Tour (1976) | The Wiz". www.thewizthemusical.com.
- "Billboard's Top Album Picks". Billboard: 90. April 28, 1979.
- Willman, Chris (October 10, 1988). "Ike Turner Doesn't Quite Get It Turned Around". Los Angeles Times.
- "Ike Turner & Lyrica Garrett Setlist at Night of the Proms 2006 Rotterdam". setlist.fm.
- Michel, Sarah (September 2, 2016). "Lyrica Garrett Been That Chick! Meet The Love & Hip Hop Mom Who Got Her Start With Ike and Tina". VH1 News.
- Michel, Sarah (November 20, 2018). ""If I Saw Her Now, I Would End Up in Jail:" Lyrica G. is Disappointed that Pam Couldn't Just Be Happy for A1 and Lyrica at the Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Reunion". VH1 News.
- "Lyrica Garrett Releases Love Story Video For Single "Summertime Love"". Singersroom. September 6, 2019.