Polly Gibbons is one of the most respected and talked about young singer/songwriters of her generation. Nominated for a BBC Jazz Award back in 2006 with no album release to her name, was clear indication of just how special a singer and performer Polly is. Much esteemed by her contemporaries, Polly has built a reputation as being an original and gifted voice. With warm, rich, soulful vocals and an innate blues sensibility, Polly has been likened to many of the jazz and soul greats bringing her own storytelling and earnest depth alongside unique humour and fun to performances. Having developed her craft over the past decade, Polly has performed at all the leading UK jazz clubs, international festivals and is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s performing with the All Stars. My Own Company, her debut UK jazz album with James Pearson, pianist and Musical Director of Ronnie Scott’s, was released to critical acclaim in August 2014 – long overdue, yet not before time, with Polly sounding more beautiful and rarer than ever. The album features original material including Midnight Prayer, co-penned with James Pearson, which won the Indie International Song Writing Competition 2014.
Polly signed to acclaimed US jazz label Resonance Records at the beginning of 2014, and soon after recorded the album ‘Many Faces Of Love’ in Los Angeles with founder and producer George Klabin. Having completed a highly successful preliminary autumn tour in Florida, New York, Boston and Minneapolis, the album is due for global release on 4th February 2015.
Polly’s influences are brilliant, broad and inspired ~ from the poetry of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, to the be-bop of Charlie Parker, the deep wails of Mahalia Jackson’s gospel, to the emotional depth of Donny Hathaway, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone; the soul of Marvin Gaye, the blues of Buddy Guy and more contemporary brilliance in the sounds of Prince and D’Angelo.
“There’s a rare sense of joy in her voice, not to mention a depth of blues feeling” – Evening Standard (Pizza Express Jazz Club Review)
“Polly Gibbons’ melismatic, gospel-fired tribute to Ray Charles was remarkable” – Evening Standard (Ronnie Scott’s Review)
“She swings hard and true.” – The Sunday Times
“I love her voice, really soulful. Can’t wait to hear more of Polly…” – Joss Stone
“Smokin’” – Mike Stern
“She’s got a great voice!” – Van Morrison
“A soulful young jazz vocalist destined to be a star!” – Time Out
“A truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it.” Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
“This talent is one in a million… miss her gigs at your peril!!” – Ian Shaw, Singer, Producer & BBC Broadcaster
“A soulful voice that will capture your heart… a real singer at last.” – Claire Martin, Jazz Singer & BBC Broadcaster
“A talent that ought to help build a career that lasts longer than any fad related thing” – Chris Wells, Editor, Echoes