Stacey Kent has a voice that demands to be listened to, yet never draws attention to itself. As her collaborator, Kazuo Ishiguro, put it in his liner notes to her 2002 album, In Love Again, “In song after song, we find a route to the emotional heart of the music without first having to admire her technique.”
Voted Best Jazz Vocalist at the 2001 British Jazz Awards and the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards, Kent has established herself as one of the new century’s brightest revelations. She’s also a 2009 Grammy® nominee and was awarded the National Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture the same year.
Since the 1997 release of her first album, Close Your Eyes, Kent has achieved both critical and popular success without compromise for her fresh and heartfelt interpretations of the finest love songs of the twentieth century. But it was a feature on CBS Sunday Morning in 1999 that gave Kent national exposure in the USA and brought her wider recognition. Since then, her career has continued to expand internationally, with Stacey traveling worldwide to concert halls from Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall to the famed Olympia in Paris.