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Born: June 28, 1963
Biography (via Official Site): An 8-time Grammy nominee, Tierney Sutton has received a “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy nod for every project she has released in the last decade. Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded for her abilities as both a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument.
Her 12 recordings as leader have addressed themes such as materialism (Desire, 2009), the pursuit of happiness (On The Other Side, 2007), as well as paying tribute to the music of Bill Evans (Blue In Green, 2002), Frank Sinatra (Dancing In The Dark, 2004), and pop icon Sting (The Sting Variations, 2016). Her 2013 Joni Mitchell tribute After Blue featured keyboardist Larry Goldings, drummer Peter Erskine, jazz vocal legend Al Jarreau, and NEA Jazz Master flautist Hubert Laws.
Since 1993 Sutton has fronted The Tierney Sutton Band, which features instrumental virtuosos Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, Kevin Axt and Ray Brinker. On stage the band exhibits an “almost unearthly” connection, a tribute to having the same world-class personnel for over 20 years—a virtually unheard-of accomplishment in today’s music business. Incorporated partners, all decisions, musical or business are made by the band as a unit. In 2011 they received a Grammy nomination for their collaborative arranging, the only band ever to receive this honor.
In May 2016 Tierney was approached by legendary Director Clint Eastwood. The original score to his box-office smash Sully was created by TSB pianist, Christian Jacob, The Tierney Sutton Band and Clint Eastwood. The end-title song “Flying Home” features music by Eastwood and lyrics by Tierney Sutton and JB Eckl. It is performed by Tierney Sutton and The Tierney Sutton Band.
When she is not performing, Tierney is in demand as both a studio vocal producer and vocal educator. In 2016 she worked with famed lyric soprano Natalie Dessay for Sony Classics’ Pictures of America and the soon to be released Between Yesterday and Tomorrow.
She taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and spent 6 years as the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA. Tierney has taught and mentored some of the finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.