Tessa Souter

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Downbeat Critics Poll "Rising Star", vocalist Tessa Souter's "crystalline contralto and impeccable phrasing are mighty arrows in her quiver, but it is her ability to become one with a song ... that enables her to score successive bull's eyes." (Jazz Times

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“Striking, soulful, enchanting” (Washington Post), “expressive” (New York Times), “stunningly original (Jazz Times), Anglo- Trinidadian singer and storyteller Tessa Souter’s “truly beautiful voice” (Sirius Radio) and penchant for exploring strikingly beautiful music mostly untouched by other singers, has attracted rave reviews from the national and international press. It has also won praise from illustrious fans – including acid jazz- vocalist Jon Lucien (“Magnificent! She blew me away!”), jazz vocal legend, Mark Murphy (“Remarkable and very moving.”), and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan (” A beautiful voice and a beautiful soul. At the top of my list of great talent. She really moves me.”)

“Striking, soulful, enchanting” (Washington Post), the Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Star”, has gained a reputation as “one of the finest and most fearless vocalists to have emerged in recent years.” (Boston Globe). She has recorded four critically acclaimed CDs including her self-produced Flamenco-tinged debut, Listen Love (2004), Nights of Key Largo (Venus, 2008), which garnered her a prestigious Swing Journal Gold Disc Award, Obsession (Motema, 2009), and her latest album, Beyond the Blue (Motema-Venus, 2012), which featured her own lyrics to jazz versions of classical gems was picked by the London Times as one of the Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2013.

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