Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

Stacey Kent

16 September 2013

A multi-award winner (2001 British Jazz Award, 2002 BBC Jazz Award Best Vocalist, etc) and Grammy nominee, Stacey has built a huge fanbase for her cool, classy interpretations of the Great American Songbook, all recorded with husband, arranger, producer and now songwriter Jim Tomlinson (himself a winner of the 2006 Album of the Year British Jazz Award).

Her new album, The Changing Lights is a musical journey through jazz, bossa nova and chanson, including a mixture of Bossa Nova classics from Tom Jobim, Marcos Valle, and also Roberto Menescal, who appears as a featured guest on the album. There are also new songs written especially for Stacey by Jim Tomlinson. The title track, ‘The Changing Lights’, is written by Jim Tomlinson and novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the songwriting team that have been writing for her since her first album for EMI, the Grammy-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram.

Stacey tours constantly, and as well as the Ronnie Scott’s dates in late September / early October, she will play a significant number of dates in the UK this year.

"This stroll along the sands of Ipanema turns out to be one of the American born singer's most satisfying recordings to date."  100 BEST RECORDS OF 2013 - Sunday Times

"When she sings a song, she sets the standard for the way it should be sung.Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

"Bringing Stacey Kent's love for Brazilian music sharply into focus, The Changing Lights finds the singer's storytelling gifts reaching ever-greater heights.  Singing in English, Portuguese and French, the 13-track collection judiciously mixes Brazilian classics with striking originals. [...]  The album sounds gorgeous too."  Jazzwise ****