Stacia Kraft sings The American Songbook with classic style: stripped down and straightforward. Her urbane glamour and charismatic, nuanced delivery add up to world class performances.
Her newly released CD; Midnight Sun-- a collection of jazz standards recorded with pianist Doug Hammer—has some of the most gorgeous tunes ever: Stardust, Lush Life, Night & Day, Moonlight in Vermont. The simple piano accompaniment highlights the exposed vocal line--which is extraordinary--not for how much it does, but for the quality of sound and elegant gesture. Trained as a classical singer at the New England Conservatory, a series of innovative recitals exploring art song and American styles preceded this collection of jazz standards: “I am an art song singer, a church singer, and cabaret singer. Lately, I've been exploring all of what I thought American song was--folk songs, Broadway tunes, gospel hymns--this is where I landed: The American Songbook.”
Now available on CDBaby, Amazon, ITunes and Spotify, influences for this collection include Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Nina Simone.
Other recent performances include the premiere of Songs of American Poets by Barbara Myers at the Cambridge Art Association, and The American Song, a recital tour showcasing the roots of song in America.
Stacia Kraft performs in the Boston area, is the Resident Artist at The Dover Church, and teaches privately.