Gradie Stone

Gradie Stone

BandJazz

Polished & professional. Swingin', soulful, spirited & heartfelt.

Biography

Gradie Stone is a true musicians' singer & comes from a real musicians' family. Her dad led the very popular "Kirby Stone Four" through the fifties & sixties. Their gold selling hit "Baubles Bangles & Beads" was nominated for a grammy. Her mom was a singer with the vocal group "The Demarco Sisters" Gradie grew up in both North Jersey & Las Vegas. She attended William Paterson University & was a jazz vocal major in the jazz studies program led by Thad Jones. Following school she hit the road with various groups & artists. Upon returning to New Jersey Gradie joined an R&B/jazz group and worked steadily in the New York metro area. It was while working these gigs that she was heard by renowned jazz saxaphonist, George Young who installed her as the singer in his "All Star" jazz band. Although some of Gradies' first influences include artists such as Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, etc. she also grew up listening to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross , Manhattan Transfer & Chaka Kahn so she considers her approach to jazz a bit different than someone not taken by pop music. She infuses a little more funk & R&B then say a "traditional" jazz singer would. In 1997 Gradie released her first C.D. "After all These Years" on Niki Records. The C.D was a success on all fronts, musically, critically & commercially. Her second C.D. "Gradie Stone Live" was recorded in one night at a beautiful theater in Paterson N.J. It showcases the relaxed spontaneity, swinging feel and soulful interpretation of one of the jazz worlds' best singers.

Discography

"After All These Years"
"Gradie Stone Live"

Tracks can be heard on my website www.gradiestone.com

Internet & Sirius Radio
Cable T.V. music stations, various jazz radio stations.

There is also live video on youtube.

My music can be purchased & or heard at cdbaby & itunes.

Set List

Old Devil Moon
I'm Old Fshioned
I Could Have told You
The Days of Wine & Roses
I'll Take Romance
Sunny
Useless Landscapes
I Thought About You
Only For One Night
My Baby Just Cares For Me

How long & how many sets I do all depends on the venue & what they need from me.