Tierney Sutton

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Tierney Sutton
Born (1963-06-28) June 28, 1963 (age 57)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Genres Jazz, vocal jazz
Years active1990s–present
Labels Telarc, BFM Jazz
Website tierneysutton.com

Tierney Sutton (born June 28, 1963) is an American jazz singer.



Sutton was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. [1]

For over 20 years, she has led the Tierney Sutton Band with pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. The band is an incorporated unit and makes all musical and business decisions together. [2] [3] They tour throughout the world [4] and have headlined at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

She has been a Bahaʼi since 1981 and explains her band's arranging style as "based on the principle of consultation – the band is very much run on Baha'i principles. There is very much a sense that what we do is essentially a spiritual thing and everyone's voice needs to be heard." [5] [6]

Paris Sessions featuring guitarist Serge Merlaud and bassist Kevin Axt (Varèse Sarabande, 2014) received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014, [7] while The Sting Variations was nominated in the same category in 2016. [8] Pianist Jacob composed and arranged soundtrack music for the Clint Eastwood production Sully which was performed by Tierney and the band. [9]


Grammy Nominations [11]

YearNominated WorkAwardResult
2006 I'm with the Band Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominated
2008 On the Other SideBest Jazz Vocal AlbumNominated
2010 DesireBest Jazz Vocal AlbumNominated
2012 American RoadBest Jazz Vocal AlbumNominated
2012 On Broadway Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Nominated
2014 After BlueBest Jazz Vocal AlbumNominated
2015 Paris SessionsBest Jazz Vocal AlbumNominated
2017 The Sting VariationsBest Jazz Vocal AlbumNominated
2019 ScreenPlayBest Jazz Vocal AlbumNominated

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