Jazz isn’t that well-represented in the music industry these days, but there are still a couple of fresh voices that deserve to be mentioned and a little more public recognition. Today, I would like to talk about three female voices that I particularly appreciate and listen whenever I spend a night at home and want to create an intimate atmosphere.
Her voice was made for jazz, but some of you may have heard her singing other genres as well, as her style encompasses various music. However, she is one of the most well-known female jazz voices of the moment. Melody Gardot started singing in bars at the age of 16, but she started writing her own songs after having been through a car accident, when she was encouraged by doctors to play the piano more to stimulate cerebral activity. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to maintain a sitting position for more than a couple of minutes so she spent her time learning how to play guitar and composing music in bed. Her first album, Worrisome Heart came in 2005, but was internationally released in 2008. Since then, the singer has gained worldwide popularity. Her last album, Currency of man, was released in 2015. Gardot has received many distinctions and was even nominated on two Grammy categories in 2010.
She was born in New York, and then moved to the UK, where she studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was there where she met her future husband and began her professional career as a singer in one of London’s cafes. She released her first solo album, Close your eyes, in 1997. Since then, Stacey Kent has released 9 other albums, from which one in French, Raconte moi, well received in France, but also in Germany. She was awarded the National Order of Arts and Letters (L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) for her contribution to French culture and jazz music. An interesting fact, one of her songs from her live album, Dreamer in concert, from 2011, was composed by her husband, with lyrics signed by the famous writer Kazuo Ishiguro. If you haven’t listened to any of her songs until now, maybe this fact will determine you to. I can assure you, you’ll be mesmerized by her intimate sometimes playful voice and rhythm.
She is not an extremely popular artist and she is definitely less-known to the wider public than the two previous artists mentioned here. However, if you so happen to visit Belgium, you can check if this talented Belgian artist has any concerts scheduled. She is not only an incredible jazz voice, but she also studied ballet since the age of three, and plays the flute and the piano. She has released her first album, entitled A Stomach is Burning in 2007 and, since then, she has mesmerized audiences with her original music style and artistic appearances. These days, you can admire her at several music festivals in Belgium and The Netherlands promoting her latest composition, a 24-minute piece named Blackened cities. De Biasio has not only an impressive voice, but her jazz style mingles various nuances from intimate to mysterious and slow to passionate.