Kristen Lee Sergeant has truly blazed her way onto the scene with her most recent live performance at Birdland, featuring the music from her DownBeat Editor's Pick release, Smolder
. Stephen Mosher (BroadwayWorld.com) writes:
Oh my gosh. That was my immediate reaction to Kristen Lee Sergeant. Oh my gosh, oh my goodness, golly Moses, holy wow. OMG. Those are the thoughts that were going through my head as I watched the jazz set presented by Kristen Lee Sergeant and friends in the Birdland Theater."
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Kristen Lee Sergeant, jazz vocalist, composer and arranger released her second album, Smolder
on February 15, 2019. Featuring the talents of Jeb Patton, Ted Nash, Cameron Brown and more, this record is a journey of fire from spark to smoke.
While the album featured inventive arrangements of '80s pop to standard ballads, the original song Balm/Burn" is the feature of her new music video that truly redefines what a jazz music video can be.
The album can be heard and purchased on iTunes and Amazon, and streamed on Spotify and Tidal as well as many other platforms.
Kristen Lee Sergeant: Smolder
Kristen Lee Sergeant is a vocalist with effervescent energy, musical intensity and dramatic flair. Her debut record, Inside Out, was a Downbeat Editor's Pick. Smolder
—released today—is a story of fire- fully ablaze or newly extinguished, and is set to further ignite her international career.Smolder
spans '80s pop, bold interpretations of standards, and breathtaking originals- all bound together with a theme of elemental flame. Kristen is one of the rare singers who also creates her own compositions and arrangements, all with special attention to the meaning of the lyric. Never confining her musicians to mere accompaniment, there's always spontaneity and sense of musical conversation in her performances.
Kristen Lee Sergeant is a trained and experienced stage actress whose musical education took her from opera to rock before she fell in love with jazz. With such talents and a singular sense of taste, Kristen's live performances as exciting to watch as well as listen to on record.
Kristen Lee Sergeant: vocals/arrangements Jeb Patton
: piano Cameron Brown
: bass Jay Sawyer
: drums Ted Nash
: alto flute/alto saxophone
Jody Redhage Ferber: cello
Rogerio Boccato: percussion
What the press is saying
As an arranger Sergeant paints with beauty and perspective...as a singer she balances passion and poise in her uncovering of the song's hidden angles and inner truths. ...Regardless of what material she's working with, Sergeant makes her mark by molding a song and owning its intentions with wisdom and clarity...Kristen Lee Sergeant is most certainly deserving of greater recognition." —Dan Bilawsky
, All About Jazz (June 2019)
Sergeant's training as an actress and classical vocalist enable her to craft moments of engaging drama, whether she's seductively sliding into a note with a near-whisper, delivering a breathy revelation or belting out a lyric with full-throated muscularity... This elegant album illustrates what can happen when admirable ambition is paired with vocal vibrancy." —Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine (Editor's Pick, March 2019)
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