“Though Faith Gibson has plenty of chops, it’s her attitude that drew me in. There’s a sincerity in her voice that puts the ears at ease. She’s the ‘jazz singer next door.’” –Mark Saleski, www.jazz.com
KJAZZ Radio UK is proud to welcome Faith Gibson. U.S. jazz vocalist Faith Gibson weaves subtle humor into her interpretations of standards and original jazz tunes, separating her from the pack with a sound that’s ideal for listeners who want “talent without all the baggage.” Gibson has been described as “ultra-cool but totally unpretentious,” and her latest release Big Moon as “one of 2009’s best surprises.”
Faith Gibson began her career as a jazz vocalist at the 2003 Glasgow Jazz Festival following a Fionna Duncan Vocal Jazz Workshop, which she left, as she said in an interview, “knowing I was a jazz singer.” Yet, Gibson was a late discoverer of both jazz and the stage. She had grown up in Pittsburgh in a musical family and sang in school choruses and church choirs as well as smaller vocal ensembles, “but soloing always made me so frightened that I never considered a singing career except in my daydreams,” as she confided in another interview. But, in her search for a mode of musical expression, it was jazz that ultimately seduced her. “And it’s been jazz and only jazz ever since for me.” The freedom and interaction of jazz improvisation drew her in and gave her the confidence to appear as soloist and leader on stage and to record her first CD, You Don’t Know Me, in 2004. A few years later she was writing her own songs and operating the internet radio station Blossom’s Vocal Jazz on live365.com.
Faith’s second, much awaited album of mostly original songs, Big Moon, was released in 2009 and has been heard on jazz radio stations around the globe. Faith Gibson performs regularly in Berlin, Bonn and Brussels and is at home in Germany and New York City.
Two new singles out now!
Faith met at a friend’s home studio one sunny October afternoon in Berlin with pianist Claus-Dieter Bandorf, bassist Lars Gühlcke and drummer Matthias Klein to record a few tracks for a demo. Five years later, two of these are now being released as single MP3 downloads by her label Capricopia. The Arlen/Koehler tune “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” is part of Gibson’s regular performance repertoire. “Just One of Those Things” by Cole Porter is given an original twist by the Berlin quartet.