Ninth Time is the Charm for Consummate Vocalist Kurt Elling
The jazz world is celebrating as one of the jazz community’s most revered artists finally received his just due. Premiere vocalist Kurt Elling won his first ever GRAMMY, the Best Jazz Vocal Album award for Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman.
Elling has been named “the jazz stand-out male vocalist of our timeâ€ by the New York Times and “perhaps the most distinctive singer on the American sceneâ€ by the Sunday Times UK, and has been nominated for every album in his canon. This marks the artist’s first GRAMMY win on his stellar ninth nomination overall. The vocalist also co-hosted the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast awards show with fellow nominee and actress Tia Carrere and performed a beautiful duet of “God Bless The Childâ€ with Concord Music Group label mate and nominee Lalah Hathaway.
Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman was recorded live at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center. Since its release, the collection has garnered critical praise. The Washington Post wrote: “With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazzâ€ while the Chicago Tribune wrote, “some of the best ballad singing being performed today.â€
Kurt Elling is currently recording his forthcoming album which is slated for a fall 2010 release.
Hearty and sincere congratulations, Kurt!