Webpage http://www.staceyknights.com Location: St. Petersburg, FL, USA Style: Pop/jazz and adult comtemporary Description: Pop/jazz and adult comtemporary. Stacey combines her saxophone leads and her sultry vocals to create this uniquely alluring sound
The advice Stacey gets from other signed musicians is, “you play great sax and your voice is awesome but you’re going to have to choose one or the other to market.” Thing is, that combination is her marketing trademark. She’s a singer songwriter and saxophonist. That’s why pop/jazz works for her. Her vocals carry the pop sound and her jazzy sax lines take care of the rest. She’s smart, sexy, has a powerful voice and she jams on sax - that’s hot! So what’s the problem? No problem for her - she takes center stage gracefully and uses her sharpened skills to rivet her audience. Her live presence backed by her kick-ass band mesmerizes and excites. A unique act that packs in a lot of talent!
Her influences include Sting, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Spiro Gyra, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Shawn Colvin, Don Henley, Grover Washington, Carole King and James Taylor just to name a few.
Stacey debuted as a songwriter at the age of ten when she wrote a song celebrating the renaming of her elementary school. As a professional artist, she has produced 3 CDs, containing mostly original music. On her second CD, While You Dream, Knights wrote and performed a tribute to Thelonius Monk with a song titled Morning Monk which won first prize in the March Jazz Competition sponsored by American Idol Underground. As a result of this win, she was named a “Best Emerging Artist of 2006” by American Idol Magazine. This June, Knights placed second in the AIU - Big Push II competition for her original song Doin’ Nothin’ With You also from the CD, While You Dream.
This year, Stacey was selected out of thousands of entries as one of 48 “independent artists” to be listed in the Independent Artist Registry, a who’s who of industry professionals around the country. Over the last few years Knights has been the opening act for headliners Peter White, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Warren Hill, Chieli Minucci of Special FX, Down to the Bone, Nestor Torres, Steve Oliver, new age duos Willie and Lobo and Tingstad and Rumble, and for Spyro Gyra’s 25th anniversary performance at Reilly Rink in Manchester, Vermont. She has headlined and toured with her own group throughout Florida, Texas, Ohio and the Northeastern states. Stacey’s three albums have received airplay nationally and internationally in over 150 markets. She has been interviewed by college and mainstream radio stations and television networks across the country.
With her passion for the environment, Stacey partnered with the non-profit group Tampa Bay Watch (www.tampabaywatch.org), an organization dedicated to restoring the waters of Tampa Bay and launched her latest CD, Changing Midstream in May, 2007. Clips of her most recent interviews by FOX and NBC are available on her site at www.staceyknights.com
Recorded in Nashville using A-list studio musicians, Changing Midstream presents a sound that is Adult Contemporary. The shift from her Smooth Jazz roots to the Adult Contemporary market reflects Stacey’s broadened desire to reach more audiences. This new album features her sultry, expressive voice on all tracks while gutsy saxophone solos add spice. From the R&B groove of Cruel Kind of Love to the Reggae influenced What I Learned about Love, Knights demonstrates flexibility in style without losing cohesion of concept. Her lyrics reach into the heart as she shares intimate real-life experiences with the listener.
In concert Stacey Knights’ performance blends AC and Pop/Jazz influences crafting a sound that is funky and fun. She keeps her scores of loyal fans aware of local appearances through an inspiring monthly e-newsletter, and they keep coming back to hear her - again and again and again.
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