Carl Thomas Coming Back ... Even Though He Never Went Away

Carl Thomas: Love and Serious Things is due in July.

It just doesn't stop for Carl Thomas.

It's easy to forget that it's been a couple of years since he dropped his monster single "I Wish" and his platinum Emotional. He's been a constant on the radio alongside the likes of Ghostface Killah and Faith Evans and has appeared on LPs from superstars like Lil' Kim as well as forgotten rappers like Amil.

He's been doing "a million and one things," he said, hanging up the phone with a rep from J Records who told him Clive Davis wants him for one of their projects. "The most prevalent thing is dealing with the album, you know. I had a lot of ideas during the first album I didn't get to express. A lot of things I wanted to try I never got the opportunity to try. This past year has been just building and researching more of my own sound."

Thomas said he's been working with producers P. Diddy and Mario Winans, Mike City, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, and Andre Harris and Vidal Davis (Michael Jackson's "Butterflies"), but he didn't get a chance to collaborate with singer Rob Thomas as he was planning.

"We talk periodically, but definitely we plan to still write together," he said. "We're definitely going to get it up in the future. I'm glad I made the connection. [Matchbox Twenty] started recording again and are about to have something out real soon. Real soon! Before my single I think."

In the first week of July C.T. plans to start a House of Blues tour and release an appetizer from his project. The four-course meal is due in early fall.

"The album is entitled Carl Thomas: Love and Serious Things. There's been a lot of serious things going on around the world, and I have been just ... glued [to the TV] — foreign events as well as domestic events. I've been absorbing those things. A lot of those different situations, hopefully I can exhale them through the speakers.

"I'm trying to make this album more visual in people's heads," he continued. "More of a vivid picture. I think I did a real good job of painting the picture with songs like 'I Wish,' 'Emotional' and 'Supastar.' I want to do a better job on this album. I'll have something to shoot for."