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Musical legend Irma Thomas (AP Photo)

Musical legend Irma Thomas, the soul queen of New Orleans, La., shared her musical talents with D.C. residents at The Howard Theatre Feb. 26.

“It is a gift from God and I do love to sing,” she told the AFRO in an email.

This year alone, Thomas has received the Offbeat Award, A Blues Music Award, Big Easy Award, a Family Services Award and The Mo Jo Magazine of London England Legends Award.

She credits her accomplishments to the loyalty of her fans.

“You the fans have caused me to be in this position and I want to thank all of you for your dedication and loyalty. Without it I could not survive,” she said on her website.

Thomas’ interest in music comes from her ability to sing and from her childhood environment.

“Growing up in New Orleans is like growing up in any other city, you are a product of your environment,” she said.

In addition to her performance at Howard, Thomas is also scheduled to perform at the Island View Casino in Gulfport, Miss., on Feb 11, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s Gospel Show on May 3, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s Blues Show on May 5, Audubon Nature Institute on May 12, and Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival in Worcester, Mass., on June 23.