Irma Thomas

2023 Honorary Muse Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” is most deserving of leading the Muses. She embodies the attributes and spirit of the nine muses, she is our own Euterpe, the Muse of Music.

Krewe of Muses Captain, Staci Rosenberg

Krewe of Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg announced today that Grammy Award-winning, legendary blues and gospel singer, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas will serve as the Krewe’s 2023 Honorary Muse.

On ‘Muses Thersday’, February 16th, Thomas will lead the parade riding in the 17-foot-tall fiber optic encrusted red high-heel shoe float. Rosenberg says, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Irma Thomas as our 2023 Honorary Muse. We affectionately refer to her as our “Sole Queen” of New Orleans. She is an inspiration and a role model to all the Muses, Ms. Thomas is truly a New Orleans treasure.”

Her recording career began in 1959 with the release of her first single, “Don’t Mess with My Man” which reached number 22 on the Billboard R &B chart. In 2007, Thomas won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for “After the Rain.”  Her many hits include “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “Wish Someone Would Care,” “Breakaway,” “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is,” and “Time Is on My Side.”

Ms. Thomas has been performing for over 60 years and continues to be a local favorite and one of the top headliners at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Muses parade rolls two days before Irma Thomas’ 82nd birthday. “What a fantastic early birthday gift to Ms. Irma, as the Krewe and paradegoers honor this fabulous woman.” says Rosenberg. 


  1. Sheryl Story on February 9, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Could not be more pleased to have Ms. Thomas as the Honorary Muse for 2023 – !!
    Her music is a treasure. Her life has been a beacon of how to weather the storms and celebrate the sunshine. She has shared so much with other women – especially as co-founder and spokesperson for The Irma Thomas Center for W.I.S.E. (Women in Search of Excellence) founded in 2006. Her motivational speeches promote the importance of education, as she shares her own journey through motherhood, graduating from Delgado, and becoming a successful businesswoman. Honoring her as our “Soul Queen and Muse” is just so appropriate.

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