Born: May 25, 1982 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Amelia Browning’s mother sang jazz tunes to her instead of lullabies. It’s easy to understand why those very songs and that style of music began to fill her waking hours as well. As an up and coming jazz vocalist, Amelia Browning, draws on these childhood influences as well as her years of vocal training and performance to deliver tunes in expressive and unique ways.
Born in Boston, Browning was raised in a family with a great love of music and connections to diverse cultural influences that provided rich soil for her musical growth. Browning’s love of singing drew her to music that lyrically expressed the universal, across genres, but jazz was imprinted on her soul and remains her primary influence. Her family relocated to California where she began classical vocal training at the age of twelve. In the years that followed, Browning continued to develop her voice, singing in various chamber groups, state honor choirs, and musical theater in addition to her private vocal training and direction in style and techniques with various teachers.
Being accepted to the Berklee College of Music took Browning back to Boston where her passion for music continued to thrive and her horizons were expanded. Encouraged by voice instructor Robin McElhatten, Browning added some pop, folk and R & B to her repertoire. This influence gave Browning’s style and song selection a different edge that set her apart. Browning also continued to hone her chops through private instruction in jazz improvisation with Bob Stoloff. In addition to performing in clubs and doing private gigs, Browning has regularly participated in jazz jams where her fine vocal skills are illuminated and challenged each time she is on stage. Harry Williams says of Browning, She brings something fresh to the scene. Her sweet tone and artful phrasing add new sauce to those familiar tunes, new and old. These jams have allowed her to meet and to form musical relationships with remarkable talents on both coasts.
Browning’s graduation from Berklee, relocation to Southern California, and the release of her first album, “Little Jazz Bird” mark the beginning of an exciting future. With one listen to the smoky tones of Amelia Browning, balanced between tradition and improvisation, sweetness and sass, you'll be hooked. According to Linda Vickerman, Browning has a sure sense of classic jazz phrasing, so whether she's singing more obscure tunes or paying tribute to the masters with her renditions of classic jazz standards, Browning takes you on a journey with each song.