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Stacey Kent: Bio

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mould of the greatest, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales approaching 2 million, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum-selling albums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.

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 throughout her time at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, she could often be heard singing at impromptu musical events in the college's cafe. However, nothing suggested the shift in career that has propelled her to international recognition. With a catalogue of 10 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. Kent paid her dues in the jazz clubs of London, including the famed Ronnie Scott's Cub, where she still performs every year.

Stacey cemented her reputation as a singer capable of putting a distinctive stamp on an impressive repertoire of standards and own compositions. Her ability to communicate emotion through a nuanced and minimalist approach was particularly showcased on Jim Tomlinson's album, 'The Lyric' which was awarded Album of The Year at the '2006 BBC Jazz Awards'. With each successive album, Stacey's style has become more honed as her artistic outlook has broadened. Stacey's search for songs had led her to look beyond the Great American Songbook, with French chanson or Brazilian music forming an ever-larger part of her repertoire. Since then, all of Stacey's albums have been punctuated by original songs composed by Tomlinson with a variety of lyricists in English, French and Portuguese. Stacey has continued to pursue a frenetic recording and touring schedule. She was invited to perform an all-French program at the Francofolies Festival and was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Following a recent successful concert series with the Bordeaux Symphony Orchestra, Stacey decided to release I Know I Dream, her first orchestral album. She continues to tour with sold-out concerts and festival appearances around the world.

1 Only Trust Your Heart
2 Tangerine
3 The Very Thought Of You
4 Embraceable You
5 There Will Never Be Another You
6 Tenderly
7 No Moon At All
8 If I'm Lucky
9 Agarradinhos
10 In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
11 That's All
12 If I Had You
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Interview with Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent – for whom jazz and the "Great American Songbook" formed the musical wallpaper of her East Coast adolescence – viewed Brazilian music with much the same fascination as that with which Menescal had viewed American jazz a generation earlier. Each went on to become an important figure in their own musical sphere. Roberto Menescal began his musical journey in the 1950s as a student in Rio de Janeiro. As an admirer of the exotic sounds of American jazz and popular song, one of his early idols was the jazz guitarist Barney Kessel.

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