Tierney Sutton

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Tierney Sutton
Born (1963-06-28) June 28, 1963 (age 58)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
GenresJazz, vocal jazz
Years active1990s–present
LabelsTelarc, BFM Jazz

Tierney Sutton (born June 28, 1963) is an American jazz singer.


Sutton was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[1]

For over 20 years, Sutton has led the Tierney Sutton Band with pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. The band is an incorporated unit and makes all musical and business decisions together.[2][3] They tour throughout the world[4] and have headlined at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sutton has been a Bahaʼi since 1981 and explains her band's arranging style as "based on the principle of consultation – the band is very much run on Baha'i principles. There is very much a sense that what we do is essentially a spiritual thing and everyone's voice needs to be heard."[5][6]

Paris Sessions, featuring guitarist Serge Merlaud and bassist Kevin Axt (Varèse Sarabande, 2014) received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014,[7] while The Sting Variations was nominated in the same category in 2016.[8] Pianist Jacob composed and arranged soundtrack music for the Clint Eastwood production Sully which was performed by Sutton and the band.[9]


  • Introducing Tierney Sutton (A Records, 1997)
  • Unsung Heroes (Telarc, 2000)
  • Blue in Green (Telarc, 2001)
  • Something Cool (Telarc, 2002)
  • Dancing in the Dark (Telarc, 2004)
  • I'm with the Band (Telarc, 2005)
  • On the Other Side (Telarc, 2007)
  • Desire (Telarc, 2009)
  • American Road (BFM Jazz, 2011)
  • After Blue (BFM Jazz, 2013)
  • Paris Sessions (BFM Jazz, 2014)
  • The Sting Variations (BFM Jazz, 2016)
  • Sully movie soundtrack, with Clint Eastwood (Varese Sarabande, 2016)
  • Screen Play (BFM Jazz, 2019)[10]

Grammy nominations[11][edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 I'm with the Band Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2008 On the Other Side Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2010 Desire Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2012 American Road Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2012 On Broadway Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Nominated
2014 After Blue Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2015 Paris Sessions Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2017 The Sting Variations Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2019 ScreenPlay Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated


  1. ^ Tierney Sutton Plays Birdland, Cabaret.broadwayworld.com. By Stephen Sorokoff. January 30, 2012. Retrieved same date.
  2. ^ "Tierney Sutton Band never performs the same concert twice - Entertainment / Neon - ReviewJournal.com". Lvrj.com. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Baber, Cassaundra. "Tierney Sutton Band knows what it takes to stay together - Hanover, MA - Hanover Mariner". Wickedlocal.com. Archived from the original on November 9, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Janine Yaqoob. "Jazz stars announced for Southport Winter Weekend". Southport Visiter. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "She's with the band - February 17, 2006". Belltown.typepad.com. February 17, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Two Baha'i musicians receive Grammy nominations - February 2, 2006". News.bahai.org. February 2, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Exploring The GRAMMYs' Jazz Field Nominees". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "2017 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees". December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sully Soundtrack".
  10. ^ Tierney Sutton, Screen Play. Review by Alex Henderson, NYCJR, April 2020, Issue 216, page 17 - retrieved April 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "GRAMMY Award Results for Tierney Sutton". Recording Academy. Retrieved April 26, 2020.

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