Originally hailing from Chicago, Illinois, vocalist Evelyn Thomas originally sang gospel, jazz and R&B styles before she was discovered by the famed British producer Ian Levine who was traveling the US in 1975 scouting for gospel and soul singers he could promote in the UK. Their first collaboration resulted in Evelyn’s first hit single, the Ian Levine and Paul David Wilson penned “Weak Spot” in 1976, which entered the UK Top 30. Thomas recorded a subsequent album in 1978, but the “disco is dead” backlash prompted her record company to not promote the album properly, resulting in minimal sales. In 1984, Ian Levine invited Thomas to come to London to record a new track. The resulting track, “High Energy,” raced up the charts all over Europe within weeks of its release, eventually selling over 7 million copies worldwide, and scoring the # 1 spot on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song ushered in a new era of disco music with the term “high energy,” later shortened to “Hi-NRG,” coming to define the new style of uptempo dance music it spawned. Thomas would remain extremely popular in dance clubs around the world, scoring several dance hits along the way. Presented here is an expanded edition of Thomas’ first album, “I Wanna Make It On My Own,” originally released in 1978, with the added inclusion of the updated singles “Summer On The Beach,”“Sleaze,” and “Love In The First Degree.” All selections have been newly remastered.