Tierney Sutton

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Tierney Sutton
Born (1963-06-28) June 28, 1963 (age 53)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Genres Jazz, vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, teacher
Instruments Singing
Associated acts Hubert Laws
Website www.tierneysutton.com

Tierney Sutton (born June 28, 1963) is an American jazz singer who has received multiple Grammy Award nominations.

Sutton was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and was educated at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

For the past 20 years, Sutton has fronted the Tierney Sutton Band featuring pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. The band is an incorporated unit and makes all musical as well as business decisions together.[2][3] They tour throughout the world[4] and have headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl and Jazz at Lincoln Center. For 11 years, Sutton taught in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Southern California. In 2008, she became the Vocal Department Chair at Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, California.

She has been a Baha'i 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] She has recently also been performing in a trio format with flautist Hubert Laws and guitarist Larry Koonse.

Paris Sessions (Varèse Sarabande, 2014) received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.[7]



  • 1998 - Introducing Tierney Sutton (Challenge)
  • 2000 - Unsung Heroes (Telarc)
  • 2001 - Blue in Green (Telarc)
  • 2002 - Something Cool (Telarc)
  • 2004 - Dancing in the Dark (Telarc)
  • 2005 - I'm with the Band (Telarc)
  • 2007 - On the Other Side (Telarc)
  • 2009 - Desire (Telarc)
  • 2011 - American Road (BFM)
  • 2013 - After Blue (BFM)
  • 2014 - Paris Sessions (Varèse Sarabande)
  • 2016 - The Sting Variations (BFM)


  • 2011 - '"Grade 3", Shine On! Volume One. (Released September 30, 2011)[8]


  1. ^ Tierney Sutton Plays Birdland, Cabaret.broadwayworld.com. By Stephen Sorokoff. 30 Jan. 2012. Retrieved same date.
  2. ^ "Tierney Sutton Band never performs the same concert twice - Entertainment / Neon - ReviewJournal.com". Lvrj.com. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  3. ^ Baber, Cassaundra. "Tierney Sutton Band knows what it takes to stay together - Hanover, MA - Hanover Mariner". Wickedlocal.com. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  4. ^ Janine Yaqoob. "Jazz stars announced for Southport Winter Weekend". Southport Visiter. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  5. ^ "She's with the band - February 17, 2006". Belltown.typepad.com. 2006-02-17. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Two Baha'i musicians receive Grammy nominations - February 2, 2006". News.bahai.org. 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Exploring The GRAMMYs' Jazz Field Nominees". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Julian Lennon, Tin Cup Gypsy, Donna Burke, Mark Ballas, Maxi Priest, Wendy Parr, Monday Michiru, Amber Lily, Tierney Sutton, Rie Fu and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band – Shine On! Songs Volume One". Discogs. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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