Songwriters, Musicians, Performers!
We had the good fortune of spending the month of February in
Los Angeles and boy did we have fun. It was a jam-packed
month of playing gigs, meeting people, and getting to indulge in
lots of celebrity watching. There were many highlights but two
that stick out are the Grammy's and the Night of 100 stars Oscar
viewing party. DJ Perry helped to show us the ropes at the Night
of 100 Stars, he's been there before and it was nice to have a
friendly and familiar face there. It's a bit surreal to be mingling
amongst people ranging from John Voight to Jenna Jameson!
That's Hollywood though, it's great in doses and we definitely
made the most of our stay.
Carmen & Camille
Carmen and Camille Thomas are Vancouver's hottest new pop/rock singing
sensation. The feisty, part-Norwegian sisters come from a musical family and their
parents recognized their talent at an early age and encouraged them to sing and
pursue music. Always head strong, the girls resisted, determined to do things their
own way. A choice that would later prove valuable and lead to rich life
experiences that inspired a deep catalogue of songs and music.
The twins grew up in White Rock, BC, Canada, and when high school was
finished decided to go their own ways. Carmen attended school for broadcast
journalism, while Camille went to school for fashion design.
While in school for design, Camille began honing her song writing skills and
eventually she made a life changing decision to leave fashion school and attend a
college jazz-vocal program where she studied music theory, basic piano, and
composition. Carmen, on the other hand, had gained recognition on a local
sport-news television show, "Sport of Kings."
In efforts to spend more time together, the girls made plans to travel when school
was completed and instantly a life-changing journey was underway.
"It had been awhile since we had really
connected; I thought what better way to
celebrate the completion of our school and get
reconnected than to travel together," says
Carmen, while Camille adds, "And that's how
our traveling plans began."
The twins traveled to Thailand and Australia
where they had an amazing time meeting
people while living a life of freedom and
adventure. After they returned home, they
immediately began to collaborate on new
songs fueled by their experiences abroad.
They started recording material and even
received a grant from the government to
record their demos.
The talented duo quickly found
management but realized something
was missing. Throughout childhood
and young adulthood the person whom
they had always gone to for advice was
their father, John Thomas. And so,
joining the tradition of such
family-managed acts as Jessica and
Ashley Simpson, Beyonce Knowles,
they asked him to become part of the
A few demos were sent out to record companies and immediately there was
overwhelming, positive response. Soon the girls were off to New York to perform
for record companies but with such quick response the girls had little time to
prepare a live act. The trip proved to be the beginning of the next phase for the
girls. They had proven that their songs could get them the attention they needed,
but now the focus needed to be on the live show. Forming a band, they began
playing rooms in Vancouver and surrounding areas such as The Arts Club, The
Purple Onion, Crush, The Drink, The Roxy. They also began traveling, once
again, to Los Angeles to work with writers and perform.
Soon the duo was noticed by Horatio and Jackie Kemeny who spotted the girls at
an outdoor concert and fell in love with their music. With their support and
backing, indie label TwinSpin Music was born and plans to make their first full
length album began.