Polly Gibbons is one of the most respected and talked about young singer/songwriters of her generation. Being nominated for a BBC Jazz Award back in 2006 with no album release to her name, was a clear indication of just how special a singer and performer Polly is. Much esteemed by her contemporaries, Polly has built a reputation as being an original and gifted voice. With warm, rich, soulful vocals and an innate blues sensibility, Polly has been likened to many of the jazz and soul greats, while bringing her own storytelling and earnest depth alongside unique humor and fun to performances. Having developed her craft over the past decade, Polly has performed at all the leading UK jazz clubs, international festivals and is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s performing with the All Stars.
Polly’s influences are brilliant, broad and inspired – from the poetry of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, to the be-bop of Charlie Parker, the deep wails of Mahalia Jackson’s gospel, to the emotional depth of Donny Hathaway, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone; the soul of Marvin Gaye, the blues of Buddy Guy and more contemporary brilliance in the sounds of Michael Jackson and D’Angelo.
With an innate vocal versatility, Polly is much sought-after as a session, backing and featured singer and has been invited to record on various projects including a track with hip hop group Vinyl Dialect, on Wall of Sound’s Bad Magic label, also co-writing and performing a song on British Soul compilation album, ‘Diggz Presents Random Soul on Random Records. Polly featured alongside such jazz luminaries as Ian Shaw, Jacqui Dankworth and Gwyneth Herbert on an album entitled The Music of BB Cooper and has spent many occasions recording and performing with renowned artist and producer, Ian Shaw.
“They don’t come along very often, but this one’s a star”. Composer Johnny Mandel
“A truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it.” Peter Quinn, Jazzwise Magazine
“There’s a rare sense of joy in her voice, not to mention a depth of blues feeling” – London Evening Standard (Pizza Express Jazz Club Review)
“Polly Gibbons’ melismatic, gospel-fired tribute to Ray Charles was remarkable” – London Evening Standard (Ronnie Scott’s Review)
“A soulful young jazz vocalist destined to be a star!” – Time Out
“This talent is one in a million… miss her gigs at your peril!!” – Ian Shaw, Singer, Producer & BBC Broadcaster
“A soulful voice that will capture your heart… a real singer at last.” – Claire Martin, Jazz Singer & BBC Broadcaster
“I love her voice, really soulful. Can’t wait to hear more of Polly…” Joss Stone
“She’s got a great voice!” Van Morrison
“A talent that ought to help build a career that lasts longer than any fad related thing” – Chris Wells, Editor, Echoes