Carl Thomas was born in 1972 in Aurora, Illinois. After attending Aurora East High School, Carl Thomas sang around Chicago and became a member of The Formula. He branched out however, and traveled to New York where he sang at clubs during open-mic nights. One such performance caught the eye of Sean "Puffy" Combs who signed Thomas to Bad By in 1997.
On Bad Boy, Carl Thomas released the single "I Wish" which topped the R&B charts, and set the stage for his debut album, Emotional, in 2000. On the success of the single, and the album's other singles, "Summer Rain," and the title track "Emotional" which reached #18 and #8 on the R&B charts respectively, the album did very well. In fact, Carl Thomas debut album went platinum.
In 2004, Carl Thomas came back with his second album, Let's Talk About It. The album went gold and had moderate success with its singles. The singles for the album were "She Is" and "Make It Alright" which reached #56 and #33 on the R&B charts respectively.
That same year, Carl Thomas was devastated when his only brother was shot and murdered in a drive-by on Halloween night. Despite being involved in promoting his album Let's Talk About It at the time, Carl Thomas was devastated and had to take a break from music.
Carl Thomas received a grammy nomination in 2006 for his collaboration with Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams and Gerald LeVert on the song "EVeryday." In 2007, he released his third album, So Much Better.