A restrained, deeply musical jazz singer who also co-writes genre-busting songs, Carrie Wicks is one of a kind.
In 2010 her debut CD on OA2 Records, I’ll Get Around to It, catapulted her to national acclaim. She followed it with Barely There in 2012 and Maybe in October 2015. Her fourth Origin album, Reverie, releases October 2019. A three-time nominee for the Earshot Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award, she’s known for her lustrous, burnished tone; her uncanny sense of phrasing; and a delivery that’s both understated and passionate.
Her early musical background included playing viola in Summit, New Jersey, singing harmonies during middle school in a church choir in Dorset, Vermont, and then playing cornet in jazz band in high school. But it wasn’t until the fall of 2001, while living out in the woods of Indianola, Washington, when she ferried across the Puget Sound for her first jazz-singing workshop in Seattle, that she fell for the bright light of urban jazz. Since then Ms. Wicks has been focusing on jazz vocals and collaboratively composing songs with bassist Ken Nottingham for the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle and pianist Nick Allison; she also harmonizes with Aria Prame as Night-n-Gale and assisted in producing eight variety shows called the Big Gig at the Triple Door with Billy Brandt.
A Seattle resident, she has performed at Tula’s, the Triple Door, the Royal Room, the Sorrento Hotel, Vito’s, St