Sublime vocalist Jazzmeia Horn brings her finely tuned vocal skills to Caramoor, showcasing her songs of daring musicality, emotional power, and social relevance. Having emerged as one of the brightest stars on the rise in the jazz scene, the aptly named singer has earned the adoration of audiences around the world with her unique spin on the jazz tradition, touched by hints of R&B and hip hop. If Ella or Billie were alive today, they might just sound like Jazzmeia!
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Blessed with a fitting name for her chosen path — it was Horn’s jazz-loving, piano-playing grandmother who chose “Jazzmeia” — the singer was born in Dallas in 1991, grew up in a tightly knit, church-going family filled with musical talent, and began singing as a toddler. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts — known for launching such musical greats as Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones, and Erykah Badu — before attending The New School in New York City. Her education included steering herself to the mentors who would guide her passion for jazz, like Bobby McFerrin, Abbey Lincoln, and Betty Carter. Winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Horn was signed to Concord Records and released her debut album A Social Call to great critical acclaim.
In the two years since Horn bowed with her first album, the Grammy-nominated A Social Call, she’s been busy on the road, honing her vocal skills to a finely tuned level, writing songs of personal relevance and social message, and perfecting a fearless approach to improvisation and performance in general. The convergence of this drive and development has resulted in what has brought Horn her second Grammy Award nomination, Love and Liberation — filled with songs of daring musicality, emotional power, and messages of immediate relevancy.
Horn chose the title she did for her second album because, “Love and Liberation is a concept and mantra that I use consistently in my everyday life. For me the two go hand in hand and they both describe where I am in my life and career right now. An act of love is an act of liberation, and choosing to liberate — oneself or another — is an act of love.”
“A singer of ironclad capability, creative drive, and irrepressible panache”