Kelley Suttenfield is an acoustic jazz vocalist whose lush resonance and graceful approach have captivated fans and critics alike. Her style is relaxed and patient. Every note is delivered with great care. Each phrase is thoughtful and unhurried. She emanates a comfortable assurance that invites the listener to lean in a little closer and linger a little longer. In the words of writer Carol Banks Weber (axs.com), she “breathes her own loving, sensitive and reverent persona into every lyric.”
With her new CD Among The Stars (Self Produced), released in September 2014, Kelley partners with guitarist and longtime collaborator Tony Romano to explore a gentle aural landscape that is accentuated by space and delicacy. The CD features a diverse mix of songs– from Neal Young’s tender anthem “Harvest Moon” to the Bart Howard opus “Fly Me To the Moon”– with simple arrangements that leave ample room for interplay between Kelley’s lucent vocals and Tony’s meticulous string work. Reviewer Mark S. Tucker (acousticmusic.com) referred to the voice-guitar duo as “one of the most dangerous outings in music” and went on to say that Kelley and Tony “match perfectly: spare, quiet, thoughtful, sensitive.” Dee Dee Daniel (lajazz.com) echoes the sentiment: “The duo production is refreshing and shows the spectacular talents of these musicians without clutter or pretentiousness.”
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“A warm, sensual and distinctive vocal sound marks Kelley Suttenfield as someone rather special in the somewhat overcrowded arena in which today’s jazz singers must perform.” —Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly
Suttenfield and Romano make a lovely statement. Among The Stars is a low-key charmer. —Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Here’s a singer with a lot of great ideas, and the ability to deliver them. It’s her debut disc, and the closest thing I can compare it to is Madeleine Peyroux’s debut Dreamland, way back when