American Dreams


Thomas Is Thrilled that Gray Will Portray Her on Era's "American Bandstand"

BURBANK, Calif. -- January 13, 2004 -- Grammy Award winner Macy Gray guest-stars as R&B legend Carla Thomas on NBC's critically acclaimed "American Dreams" on Sunday, January 18 (8-9p.m. ET).

In the episode, "Real-to-Reel," Gray performs Thomas' hit "B-A-B-Y (Baby)" which was written by Stax Records songwriters Isaac Hayes and David Porter.

Gray exploded onto the music scene with her very successful debut album, "On How Life Is." Her single, "I Try," landed her a Grammy in 1999 for Best New Artist. She followed up with her successful second album, "The Id," and her third album, "The Trouble with Being Myself," was released to much critical praise in July 2002. Gray is currently touring with David Bowie, and will headline her own tour in spring 2004.

In addition to her music career, Gray has branched out to guest roles in television and film, and is currently developing her own animated cartoon with Warner Bros., which will be based on her own childhood. She will lend her unique voice as the central character in this cartoon.

Thomas, 59, wrote and recorded her first hit, "Gee Whiz," at age 16. She was the original star of the historically important Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee and went on to have numerous top 10 hits as a solo artist ("Comfort Me"), with Otis Redding ("Tramp"), and her father, the late R&B star Rufus Thomas ("Night Time is the Right Time").

Thomas says she is thrilled to be portrayed on "American Dreams." She often performed on Dick Clark's original "American Bandstand" and has fond memories of the show.

Currently, Thomas is one of the featured stars in the Miramax feature film "Only the Strong Survive," which will be released on DVD in February. She also performs regularly around the world with other Stax musicians and her brother, Memphis keyboardist and Grammy trustee Marvell Thomas.

Thomas lives in her hometown of Memphis and is a recipient of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award. Many of her albums, including the classic, "King and Queen" (with Otis Redding), continue to be bestsellers. She can also be heard on the Koch Records soundtrack of "Only the Strong Survive."

"American Dreams," which won two Emmy Awards in its freshman season last year, is set against the memorable, upbeat sounds of the 1960s as it depicts the American landscape - as seen through the youthful Pryor family of Philadelphia as they brace for cultural turbulence ahead that still resonates in this contemporary era.

"American Dreams" is from NBC Studios and Universal Television. Dick Clark and Jonathan Prince are executive producers.

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