Following a months-long tour of nearly 20 countries, Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling artist Stacey Kent celebrates her recent win for Best Vocal Performance at the 2022 Jazz Music Awards for her current album, Songs From Other Places.
Songs From Other Places is a captivating and eclectic collection of voice and piano duets which originated when “I Wish I Could Go Travelling Again,” written for her by Nobel Prize-winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jim Tomlinson, was the most requested song in 2020 at the height of lockdown. A remote recording project spawned an album and now a hugely successful worldwide touring project which brings Stacey together in concert with her two closest and longest-running musical associates, pianist Art Hirahara and saxophonist/flautist, Jim Tomlinson.
The now-expanding repertoire of Songs From Other Places explores the themes of place, belonging, and the transformative power of travel. It includes songs by Paul Simon, Jobim, Weill & Gershwin, Lennon & McCartney, and Stevie Nicks, plus new Tomlinson & Ishiguro originals, all performed in Stacey’s intoxicating style and a fusion of Romance languages.
With over 2 million album sales, approaching half a billion streams on Spotify, and a host of awards, including Best Vocal Album for I Know I Dream at the 2018 Jazz Japan Awards and Best Vocal Performance at the 2022 Jazz Music Awards for Songs From Other Places, Kent continues to grow as an artist and performer.
Some music seems fated to match a moment in time. Songs From Other Places provide that level of sublime solace for ours…Stacey Kent’s clear-as-light vocals and Art Hirahara’s lyrical piano make their duo outing exactly “what the world needs now.” JAZZ TIMES