- Stacey Kent
Stacey Kent Background information Birth name Stacey Kent Origin South Orange, New Jersey Genres Jazz Occupations Singer Instruments Vocals Years active 1996–present Labels Blue Note Records Website Official site
Kent attended Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. Her paternal grandfather was Russian. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and moved to England after her graduation. While studying at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she met the tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married on August 9, 1991.
In the early 1990s, Kent began her professional career singing regularly at Café Boheme in London's Soho. After two or three years, Kent began opening for established jazz acts across the road at the Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London.
Her first CD, Close Your Eyes, was released in 1997. She has released nine CDs as of 2011[update], and has been also featured on Tomlinson's albums, most recently The Lyric (2006), which won "Album of the Year" at the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards and was re-released on Blue Note in 2011.
Kent's music has been championed by critic and jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton, and she won the 2001 British Jazz Award and the 2002 BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist. She has also presented jazz programmes on BBC Radio 2 and 3.
At the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards, Tomlinson, upon receiving the award for "Album of the Year" for The Lyric, announced that Kent had signed with Blue Note records label.
Kent's album, The Boy Next Door achieved Gold album status in France in September, 2006. Breakfast On The Morning Tram (2007) achieved Platinum album status in France in November, 2007 and Gold album status in Germany in February, 2008 and was nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the liner notes to Kent's 2003 album, In Love Again. Ishiguro has co-written four of the songs on the fall 2007 Blue Note album Breakfast on the Morning Tram. One of the songs written by Ishiguro, "The Ice Hotel," with music composed by Tomlinson won first prize in the International Songwriting Competition in April 2008.
On 31 March 2009 Kent received the National Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) - a government decoration - in recognition of her contribution to the arts, from French Culture Minister Christine Albanel.
Stacey's 2010 album, Raconte-Moi, (Blue Note/EMI) is an all-French album. Raconte-Moi achieved Gold album status in France and Germany.
Her latest album, due for release Oct 24, 2011, Dreamer In Concert, (Blue Note/EMI) is a live album, recorded on May 30-31, 2011 at La Cigale, in Paris. The album includes three previously unrecorded selections; Antônio Carlos Jobim's 'Waters of March', and two new compositions by her husband, saxophonist and the album's producer, Jim Tomlinson; 'Postcard Lovers', with lyrics once again by the novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, (author of "Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go") and 'O Comboio', penned by the Portuguese poet, Antonio Ladeira, which Stacey sings in Portuguese.
- Close Your Eyes (1997)
- The Tender Trap (1998)
- Only Trust Your Heart (1999)
- Let Yourself Go: Celebrating Fred Astaire (2000)
- Dreamsville (2001)
- Brazilian Sketches (2001)
- In Love Again: The Music of Richard Rodgers (2002)
- The Boy Next Door (2003)
- "The Christmas Song" (single, 2003)
- SK Collection (2001)
- SK Collection II (2003)
- The Lyric (Jim Tomlinson & Stacey Kent) (2006) Re-release on Blue Note/EMI (2011)
- SK Collection III (2006)
- Breakfast on the Morning Tram (2007) Blue Note/EMI
- Raconte-Moi (2010) Blue Note/EMI
- Dreamer In Concert (2011) Blue Note/EMI
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- ^ Kaiser, Robert G. "Stacey Kent: A Name, And a Voice, That Lingers", The Washington Post, April 18, 2004
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