The Thomas Sisters –Tiffany and Theresa – have come a long way from singing barefoot, wearing baggy jeans and performing for their teddy bears. But, even back then, their dream of releasing an album seemed a lot closer than they’ve believed in the last few years – until now.
The sisters will be celebrating the release of their debut EP at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Parkview Baptist Church at 5435 Belle Terre Parkway.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Tiffany said. “I didn’t know if it would actually ever happen.”
“We may not understand why some things in life are not moving along faster,” Theresa added, “but God's timing is always best. So, we’re really excited.”
While both sisters began singing at an early age with their parents, who are also musicians, they started singing together when Tiffany was 17 years old and Theresa 14. Since joining forces – though they perform solo anthems as well – the two have poured their talents into communities for many years, singing at Fields of Faith at Matanzas High School, Daytona Speedway and other local venues. They’ve also sang the national anthem on ESPN, opened for American Idol contestant Phil Stacey and have performed in front of tens of thousands of fans live in concerts, youth camps and other settings.
“Our goal is to touch people’s hearts with the love of God through our music,” Tiffany said. “He’s given us this gift to reach people for His glory, and I know it has nothing to do with us.”
And, even off the stage, the two choose to live the overwhelming majority of their lives together. They work together, attended Bible college together, lead Bible studies together, shop, travel and even wear each other’s clothes.
They were fortunate to record some of the album at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, and they also got the chance to perform at the Bluebird Café, a stepping stone for many musicians.
“Some of the songs are really personal,” Theresa said, “and God gave us so much of the words and music through life situations we were experiencing at those times. So, we hope it will help encourage others when they listen.”
The Thomas Sisters will be performing most of the songs –six original recordings -- off the album live and will have hard copy CDs available. Artist Keith Goodson will be accompanying them with performance painting during the celebration.
“The whole theme of the night is to bring everyone together,” Theresa said. “This is for one body, one purpose.
“We want to break down denominational barriers for the cause of Christ and to show the love of Christ,” Tiffany added.
Tiffany and Theresa currently lead praise and worship at their father’s church Evangel Assembly of God, Palm Coast.
Call 793-4653 for more information.
DID YOU KNOW? Both Tiffany and Theresa Thomas were accomplished basketball players for Flagler Palm Coast. Tiffany won Athlete of the Year her senior year and then coached Theresa at Calvary Christian Academy.
Worth repeating: “Our goal is to touch people’s hearts with the love of God through our music.”