Born: September 12, 1985 Primary Instrument: Piano
Born in 1985, Champian grew up in Norman Oklahoma with her parents, Stephen and Susan. Influenced at an early age by her father Stephen, a world reknowned Jazz trumpeter, Champian fell in love with Jazz. Surrounded by her father's musician friends, which included Clark Terry and Major Holley, Champian learned the language of the music firsthand. She began to study piano with her grandmother at age 5. As singing became more and more important, Champian began to play Jazz piano to accompany herself at home.
Champian's family moved to LeMars Iowa in 1994; where Stephen Fulton became the director of the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies. It was here that Champian formed her first band. The members of the Little Jazz Quintet were all under the age of 10, except for the trumpeter - the elder of the group - who was 12 years old. The Little Jazz Quintet performed at many events in LeMars, including Clark Terry's 75th Birthday party....
Awards:American Music Harvest Award in 2009 for Best Jazz Vocalist and Pianist of the Year
...relentlessly swinging bebop-oriented conception and chops. - David Orthmann, AAJ
...an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence. - The New Yorker
...She's a true show-stopper. Time Out NY
...she's an authentic jazz artist... Zan Stewart, Newark Star Ledger
...Fulton is sassy and sexy... All About Jazz
“It is always suprising to come upon a young singer who can handle both the musical and emotional demands of the Great American Songbook. 22-year-old Champian Fulton bears an understanding of this matrial beyond her years; on her debut album, Champian (Such Sweet Thunder), Fulton evokes the sound and presence of the best of the Swing Era’s big band vocalists.” Suzanne Lorge, All About Jazz NY
This may be the most auspicious debut of a female band singer since the 19-year-old Peggy Lee etched a few sides with Benny Goodman in 1941. - Jay Harvey, Indianapolis Star
...sunny, lovely, expressive and soulful singing voice and formidable, bebop-based piano chops... Hajime Sato Eastwind Imports
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