Every time Stacey meets someone in the industry, especially other signed musicians, she is told, "you play great sax and your voice is awesome but you’re going to have to choose one or the other to market." Thing is - that is her marketing trademark! She’s a singer songwriter and saxophonist. That’s why pop/jazz works for her. Her vocals carry the pop sound and her jazzy sax lines take care of the rest. She’s smart, sexy, sings great and she jams on sax – that’s hot! So what’s the problem? No problem for her – she takes center stage gracefully and uses her sharpened skills to rivet her audience. Her live presence backed by her kick-ass band mesmerizes and excites. She is a unique act that truly packs in a lot of talent!
Her influences include Sting, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Spiro Gyra, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Shawn Colvin, Don Henley, Grover Washington, Carole King and James Taylor just to name a few.
Stacey debuted as a songwriter at the age of ten when she wrote a song celebrating the renaming of her elementary school. As a professional artist, she has produced 3 CDs, containing mostly original music. On her second CD, While You Dream, Knights wrote and performed a tribute to Thelonius Monk with a song titled Morning Monk which won first prize in the March Jazz Competition sponsored by American Idol Underground. As a result of this win, she was named a “Best Emerging Artist of 2006” by American Idol Magazine. This June, Knights placed second in the AIU - Big Push II competition for her original song Doin’ Nothin’ With You also from the CD, While You Dream.
This year, Stacey was selected out of thousands of entries as one of 48 “independent artists” to be listed in the Independent Artist Registry a who’s who of industry professionals around the country. the last few years Knights has been the opening act for headliners Peter White, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Warren Hill, Chieli Minucci of Special FX, Down to the Bone, Nestor Torres, Steve Oliver, new age duos Willie and Lobo and Tingstad and Rumble, and for Spyro Gyra’s 25th anniversary performance at Reilly Rink in Manchester, Vermont. She has headlined and toured with her own group throughout Florida, Texas, Ohio and the Northeastern states. Stacey’s three albums have received airplay nationally and internationally in over 150 markets. She has been interviewed by college and mainstream radio stations and television networks across the country.
With her passion for the environment, Stacey partnered with the non-profit group Tampa Bay Watch (www.tampabaywatch.org), an organization dedicated to restoring the waters of Tampa Bay and launched her latest CD, Changing Midstream in May, 2007. Clips of her most recent interviews by FOX and NBC are available on her site at www.staceyknights.com
Recorded in Nashville using A-list studio musicians, Changing Midstream presents a sound that is Adult Contemporary. The shift from her Smooth Jazz roots to the Adult Contemporary market reflects Stacey’s broadened desire to reach more audiences. This new album features her sultry, expressive voice on all tracks while gutsy saxophone solos add spice to several of these tunes. From the R&B groove of Cruel Kind of Love to the Reggae influenced What I Learned about Love, Knights demonstrates flexibility in style without losing cohesion of concept. Her lyrics reach into the heart as she shares intimate real-life experiences with the listener.
In concert Stacey Knights’ performance blends AC and Pop/Jazz influences crafting a sound that is funky and fun. She keeps her scores of loyal fans aware of local appearances through an inspiring monthly e-newsletter, and they keep coming back to hear her – again and again and again.
***Stacey can perform solo to tracks or build a band to suit the budget and space allowances***
Stacey Knights - Vocals, Saxes, and Flute
Dave Dix - Drums
Mike Conway - Bass and Back-up vocals
Jeremy Douglass - Keys
Chuck Weirich - Trumpet Flugelhorn
Paul Buzine - Guitar
Through the Window 2000
While You Dream 2004-The Single Morning Monk is currently streaming in several markets
Changing Midstream 2007 - released in May it is just beginning to receive airplay in Florida
all albums are currently available through CDBaby and its affiliates, digital download is available through ITunes and many other digital stores.
American Idol Underground
Best Emerging Artists of 2006
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“Smooth Jazz with Attitude!...Knights plays a mean saxophone…she also plays flute AND she sings…Sta... “Smooth Jazz with Attitude!...Knights plays a mean saxophone…she also plays flute AND she sings…Stacey’s debut solo effort is a fun blending of pop and contemporary jazz. We find the project to be a great listen…you want to hit “Play” again as soon as the last track finishes.”
Rick Gee’s Jazz Jamm
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“Knights…demonstrated that she is capable of rendering familiar pop tunes in her own unique style. ...“Knights…demonstrated that she is capable of rendering familiar pop tunes in her own unique style. The audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy…Knights’ vocal presentation and her solos on Tenor saxophone”
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Featured Female Artist
“…mesmerizing and energizing show…” February 2003
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“Through the Window…her debut…a fine first effort…” “While You Dream, her sophomore project…present...“Through the Window…her debut…a fine first effort…” “While You Dream, her sophomore project…presenting Southwest Shuffle, an energetic track …”
November 14, 2004
My typical set list for live performance is about building energy. I use mainly originals and sprinkle in some cover tunes that match my sound. My sets can be any length but I tend to work in 50min increments. Convention work often requires adaptability and the band is good at that skill. Most performances are 2-4hrs in length and what we play depends on the gig.
The following is our sample songlist which when played live is mostly original with some songs from the covers list included.
Snoopy's First Date
When I'm Dancin' with You
The Golden Rule
Night in Cordoba
Through the Window
You Put Me in The Mood
What's It Pay?
Doin' Nothin' with You
Palma De Majorca
Cry Baby Cry
Cruel Kind of Love
What I've Learned About Love
Sampling of COVER TUNES if needed
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers
ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
BLACK VELVET Allanah Myles
DON’T KNOW WHY Norah Jones
EVERY BREATH Police
FEVER Peggy Lee
FIELDS OF GOLD Sting
GEORGIA Ray Charles
GET HERE Oleta Adams
GIVE ME ONE REASON Tracy Chapman
GROOVIN’ Young Rascals
HELLO Lionel Ritchie
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Bee Gees
HOW SWEET IT IS James Taylor
I CAN’T MAKE YOU love me Bonnie Raitt
I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY Eagles
I FEEL GOOD James Brown
LADY IN RED Chris DeBurgh
MASQUERADE George Benson
MERCY MERCY Cannonball Adderly
MISTER MAGIC Grover Washington Jr
MOONDANCE Van Morrison
MORNING DANCE Spyro Gyra
PICK UP THE PIECES Average White Band
SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder
SWEETEST TABOO Sade
THE NEARNESS OF YOU Norah Jones
USE ME Bill Withers
YOUR MAMA DON’T DANCE Loggins and Messina
There are no upcoming dates at this time.