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27 March 1965 |
South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Labels||Candid, Blue Note, Parlophone/Warner|
|Associated acts||Jim Tomlinson|
Kent attended Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. Her paternal grandfather was Russian. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and moved to England after graduation. While studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she met saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married on August 9, 1991.
In the early 1990s, she began her professional career singing regularly at Café Boheme in London's Soho. After two or three years, she began opening for established acts at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. Her first album, Close Your Eyes, was released in 1997.
Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the liner notes to Kent's 2003 album, In Love Again. Ishiguro co-wrote four songs on the album Breakfast on the Morning Tram. One of the songs written by Ishiguro, "The Ice Hotel", with music composed by Tomlinson, won first prize in the International Songwriting Competition in April 2008.
Kent's album, The Boy Next Door, achieved Gold album status in France in September, 2006. Breakfast on the Morning Tram (2007) achieved Platinum album status in France in November, 2007 and Gold status in Germany in February, 2008. Raconte-moi... was recorded in French and achieved Gold status.
Dreamer In Concert (2011) was recorded on May 30–31, 2011, at La Cigale in Paris. The album includes three songs previously unrecorded by Kent: "Waters of March" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Postcard Lovers" by Jim Tomlinson with lyrics by Kazuo Ishiguro, and "O Comboio" by Portuguese poet António Ladeira.
Awards and honors
- British Jazz Award, 2001
- BBC Jazz Award, Best Vocalist, 2002
- Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2009
- Grammy Award nomination, Best Vocal Jazz Album, Breakfast on the Morning Tram, 2009
- Sang on The Lyric by Jim Tomlinson, which won Album of the Year at the BBC Jazz Awards, 2006
- Close Your Eyes (Candid, 1997)
- Love Is...The Tender Trap (Candid, 1999)
- Let Yourself Go: Celebrating Fred Astaire (Candid, 2000)
- Dreamsville (Candid, 2001)
- In Love Again: The Music of Richard Rodgers (Candid, 2002)
- The Boy Next Door (Candid, 2003)
- Breakfast on the Morning Tram (Blue Note, 2007)
- Raconte-moi... (Blue Note/EMI, 2010)
- A Fine Romance with Jim Tomlinson (Candid, 2010)
- Dreamer In Concert (Blue Note, 2011)
- It's a Wonderful World (Candid, 2012)
- The Changing Lights (2013, Parlophone/Warner, 2013) 
- Ao Vivo with Marcos Valle (Sony, 2013)
- Brazil with Quatuor Ébène, Bernard Lavilliers (Erato/Warner, 2014)
- Tenderly (Okeh, 2016)
- "JAZZ: Drum whiz to stick here for two nights: Music". The Rocky Mountain News . 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- Kaiser, Robert G. "Stacey Kent: A Name, And a Voice, That Lingers", The Washington Post, April 18, 2004.
- koda Jazz Festival 2010: A sweet finale with Stacey Kent...
- "Grammy Nominated Stacey Kent to Release the Changing Lights, September 17, 2013". Warner Music Canada. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
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