Lewis Center Fellows

Kamara Thomas

Kamara Thomas headshot

Photo by Derrick Beasley


Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter and multidisciplinary storyteller, and, as she says, “a songspeller and mythology fanatic” based in Durham, North Carolina. Her storytelling is collaborative and multi-faceted, weaving together musical and theater performance, community art-making, ritual, and visual elements including film, masks, archival material and photography. In collaboration with the Denver-based theater company Band of Toughs, Thomas is currently developing “Tularosa: An American Dreamtime,” a storywork based on her 2022 album of the same name, which explores the American psyche through the mythology of the American West. Thomas also spearheads Country Soul Songbook, an artist-centered community and online platform featuring performances, interviews, conversations, and cultural offerings rooted in the mission to amplify historically marginalized voices in Country and Americana music. Thomas has been a featured artist for Lincoln Center Education and was named one of the “14 Artists Proving Black Americana is Real” by Paste Magazine in 2017. Thomas has created commissioned work for Cassilhaus, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina, and she has been a guest speaker at Duke, Princeton, and Indiana Universities.




TULAROSA: An American Dreamtime (2022), album by Kamara Thomas. Listen and purchase on Bandcamp