Performing as "Sheila," a pizza delivery driver in a neck brace and enlarged spectacles, Thomas has made a name for herself as a stand-up comic.

Performing as "Sheila," a pizza delivery driver in a neck brace and enlarged spectacles, Thomas has made a name for herself as a stand-up comic. But it's a melancholic smile—not a laugh—that is the uncontrollable reaction to her debut album. A magical remembrance of childhood and the bittersweet journey of growing up, When We Were Small exudes hope and heart through Thomas' longing guitar and piano stylings and ardently pure vocals. On "Wedding Day," a song about bravely moving through the world on your own, lyrics such as "I'm gonna drive through the hills/Put my hand out the window/And sing 'til I run out of words" evoke that universal need to fully escape from time to time. The stark piano piece "Farewell," with Thomas' Sarah McLachlan-like sound, makes the confused emotions of a child of divorce simply understood. A shining singer/songwriter star.—JP