Style: Jazz, French Pop
Touring party: 5
Territory: G/A/S + Eastern Europe
Availability: July + Oct/November 2013
Stacey Kent (vocals), Jim Tomlinson (Saxophone), Graham Harvey (piano), Joshua Morrison (drums), Jeremy Brown (bass)
WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT STACEY´S LAST ALBUM "RACONTE-MOI" just reached GOLD STATUS IN GERMANY! (28.Jan.2013)
STACEY KENT´s new album will be recorded in early 2013, and released worldwide via Blue Note France in the summer of 2013.
In 2011, Stacey was the only non-Brazilian singer to perform at Brazil's national celebration marking the 80th anniversary of 'O Cristo Redentor', the statue of Christ the Redeemer, on Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro. Her performance that night with Marcos Valle, composer of So Nice, led to a tour of Brazil with Marcos as well as a live album, recorded in Rio De Janeiro, due for release in Spring 2013, which will celebrate Marcos Valle's 50-year career.
Her new recording project sees Stacey working once again with the songwriting team, Tomlinson/Ishiguro, whilst building on her deepening relationship with Brazilian music. Although Stacey has always included Brazilian music in her repertoire, her new album will be her first to place that relationship front and center. More than a simple collection of Bossa Nova hits, the album, which she has already begun recording, will feature a mixture of Brazilian songs, both classics and lesser known, How Insensitive (Jobim), The Face I Love (Marcos Valle) as well as originals, including and The Changing Lights (Tomlinson/Ishiguro), all given Stacey's inimitable, intimate twist. It will also feature the special participation of composer and guitarist, Roberto Menescal, best known for his songs, O Barquinho and Bye Bye Brazil.
"Dreamer In Concert"
Out October 24th 2011on Blue Note
Stacey Kent sings from the soul. She tells us her stories with faultless phrasing and a lucid, enchanting voice. On the stage of La Cigale, last May in Paris, Stacey shared intimate and intensely emotional moments with a knowing and captivated audience, who had flown in from all around the world to take part in the recording of her first live album. Today, it is our great pleasure to be able to present this radiant, generous and sincere artist on the resulting album, Dreamer In Concert.
After 8 studio albums, Dreamer In Concert is the first album that captures Stacey's magical onstage persona. From the stage of La Cigale, she delivers fresh interpretations of some of the most emblematic songs in her repertoire, including the standards of the Great American Songbook, The Best Is Yet To Come, They Can't Take That Away From Me, It Might As Well Be Spring and others. She also revisits the classic French songs, Ces Petits Riens, Samba Saravah and Jardin d’Hiver.
The repertoire also includes 4 previously unrecorded selections; 2 from Antônio Carlos Jobim, Waters of March and Dreamer, and 2 new compositions by her husband, saxophonist and the album's producer, Jim Tomlinson; Postcard Lovers, with lyrics by the novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro (author of Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go) and O Comboio, penned by the Portuguese poet, Antonio Ladeira, which Stacey sings, beautifully, in Portuguese.
Indeed so sublimely does she sing in Portuguese, that Kent, who is fast becoming a major star in Brazil, is one of just two American artists (the other is James Taylor) invited to perform at the 80th birthday celebration’s of Rio’s world famous landmark, Cristo O Redentor, on October 12th when over a million people will gather on Copacabana Beach.
Dreamer In Concert is Kent’s third album for the Blue Note label. Breakfast on the Morning Tram, released in September 2007, sold more than 330,000 copies worldwide. In 2009, it was certified Platinum in France, certified Double Gold in Jazz in Germany and was nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Jazz Album. In the same year, Stacey Kent was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Her follow up album, Raconte-moi, released in Spring 2010, is certified Gold in France and received critical acclaim worldwide, becoming one of the biggest selling French-language album outside of France that year.