Sky Covington was the winner of the Outstanding Jazz Vocalist honor at the 2016 Detroit Music Awards. It is her 6th music award in the past 4 years. Sky's Jazzy sound takes audiences on an intriguing musical journey that provides fascination for the ears. Sky began her career performing in glee clubs from elementary to junior high school. Her music training came from noted saxophonist, Scott Reiter, and from Harold Bowles, who was a session musician for Motown. She also received private drama training. Sky was born in Detroit but relocated to Atlanta at the age of 16. While there she gazed upon the star lit sky overhead and was so inspired by it that she made a bold decision to drop her birth name, Nicole, in favor of “Sky” to symbolize her life philosophy: “No Limits”. It has been the driving force behind her singing career.
At age 19 Sky moved to New Orleans, the city she says changed her life. She became fascinated with the rich music culture of the city and spent nine years taking formal vocal lessons, playing at clubs and working with every top musician she could find who could help her improve her craft. Then in 2005 her mom called and asked her to come back home to Detroit. Sadly, just 8 weeks later, Hurricane Katrina devastated her adopted city and took the lives of many of her friends. It affected her profoundly.
SKY returned to Detroit to start yet another new chapter to her life. Resettled and refocused, Sky decided to head into the studio to synthesize all that she learned in New Orleans and blend it into a creative musical collection. After 6 months of work, she released her first album, “Urban Fairy Tales”. Her music resonated and soon she was landing bookings at popular venues like Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Bert’s Motown Room,The Jazz Club at Music Hall, and The Gem Theatre. Her fans follow her wherever she performs.