Stacey Kent is an American jazz singer in the mould of the greats, with a legion of fans, a host of honors and awards including a Grammy nomination, album sales in excess of 2 million, Platinum, Double-Gold and Gold-selling albums that have reached a series of chart-topping positions, and approaching half a billion Spotify streams. Her worldwide fan base is testimony to her ability to cut to the emotional heart of her songs with delicately nuanced interpretations that transcend borders and defy categorization. Her unique multi-lingual repertoire includes originals written by Jim Tomlinson, her saxophonist/producer/composer/arranger husband in collaboration with the Nobel Prize-winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro with whom they have worked since 2006. She has also recorded with Brazilian legends, Marcos Valle, Roberto Menescal and Danilo Caymmi, and the celebrated French string quartet, the Quatuor Ébène.
Her most recent album Songs From Other Places (Token 2021) is a duo album with pianist and long-standing accompanist, Art Hirahara. Exploring the themes of travel and transformation, Songs From Other Places won Stacey the prize for ‘Best Vocal Performance’ at 2022 Jazz Music Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.
The pared down setting of Songs From Other Places was in contrast to her previous album, I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions (Sony 2017). I Know I Dream won Album of the Year in the vocal category at the 2018 Jazz Japan Awards, achieved certified Gold status, and received glowing reviews, including a coveted five stars in Downbeat. All About Jazz described it as “intoxicating understatement at its finest…one more jewel in a discography with many, it’s one that deserves singling out for its luster.”
Stacey, a comparative literature graduate with a passion for music, travelled to Europe to further her studies after receiving her degree from Sarah Lawrence College in NY. 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, where she met her future husband and musical partner, Jim Tomlinson.