She has been hailed by critics as the female counterpart to Gregory Porter and the Adele of Jazz. She has been touring throughout the world with SRO performances at Royal Albert Hall in London with Gladys Knight and George Benson. Van Morrison states “she has a great voice” and Joss Stone “can’t wait to hear more of Polly!” She is Polly Gibbons, Resonance Records rising star vocalist/songwriter, whose expansive array of American jazz, soul and blues influences have infused her dynamic career as an artist and live performer. A farmer’s daughter who grew up in Framlingham, a small market town in Suffolk, England, Polly is one of seven siblings in a family that shared all types of different musical loves. Her mum cherished classical and choral music (Bach, Mozart, Chopin), her dad was an electric bassist who played in bands in the 70’s, her brothers loved R&B and her sisters were all vinyl collectors, playing everything from hip hop and soul to jazz and folk. Though she sang hymns regularly at the Baptist church her family attended, her musical sensibilities were galvanized when her sister played Billie Holiday’s “I’m A Fool To Want You” -- which Polly found “extraordinary!”
Inspired by Billie, the budding singer experienced an initial flurry of excitement in discovering jazz and blues, listening to such artists as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk, etc. She notes, however, that although she doesn’t have a very “folky” voice, she was also greatly influenced by artists like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan, and she continuously listens to classical music, too! Participating in a local music workshop, she met British singer Ian Shaw, who took Polly under his wing and secured her first gig in London when she was 17. Participating in other workshops, she cultivated her talent with bassist Gill Alexander, Jacqui Dankworth (daughter of Cleo Laine) and later, James Pearson.
Following the success of her latest album, Is It Me...?, Polly recently completed her third recording for Resonance, a live in-studio album, staged in front of an audience at the famed Power Station Studios in NYC, where artists ranging from Bruce Spingsteen to Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, David Bowie and Bob Dylan have recorded some of their biggest hits. The album features the artistry of such top musicians as James Pearson and Tamir Hendelmen on piano, Richie Goods—bass, Mark McLean—drums, Paul Bollenback—guitar and Shedrick Mitchell on organ and is scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2019.
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