The Germantown Performing Arts Center is excited to announce the upcoming performance of Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Stacey Kent.
Kent will perform in the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.
Kent’s musical journey began in her childhood with piano lessons. An unusually keen ear and true voice lead her to participate in school musical productions, and she could often be heard singing at impromptu musical events in her college cafe. After receiving her degree, this comparative literature graduate with a musical bent traveled to Europe to further her studies.
Through a series of twists of fate, she found herself in London where she enrolled in a graduate music program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and met her husband and musical partner, Jim Tomlinson. Her repertoire includes a growing number of songs written for her by Jim with various lyricists, most notably the Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. From a lunchtime conversation with the writer, the songs for the Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Breakfast on The Morning Tram were conceived.
A jazz singer in the mold of the greats, Kent stirs audiences with her ability to communicate emotion through nuanced performances. With a catalog of 11 studio albums, including the Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram, and an impressive list of collaborations, Stacey has graced the stages of more than 50 countries over the course of her career. With each successive album, Stacey’s style has become more honed as her artistic outlook has broadened. Her search for songs had led her to look beyond the Great American Songbook, with French chanson and Brazilian music forming an ever-larger part of her repertoire.
Kent boasts a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales in excess of two million, and Gold, Double-Gold, and Platinum-selling albums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career. Her most recent release, I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions has received glowing reviews, including a coveted five stars in Downbeat, won Album of the Year in the vocal category at the 2017 Jazz Japan Awards, and was described by All About Jazz as “intoxicating understatement at its finest…one more jewel in a discography with many, it’s one that deserves singling out for its luster.”
Tickets are on sale now at the GPAC website or by calling the box office at (901)751-7500.