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.
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...the best new singer I've heard this year - make that
several years. - Francis Davis, The Village Voice
...relentlessly swinging bebop-oriented conception and
chops. - David Orthmann, AAJ
...an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence. - The
...She's a true show-stopper. Time Out NY
...she's an authentic jazz artist... Zan Stewart, Newark Star
...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