5 Acts To Catch At Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017

The fourth edition of Singapore Jazz Festival returns this year from 31 March to 2 April 2017, with a solid line-up of both established and emerging jazz acts. Here are our top picks of performers to catch at the event.

(Source: Singapore International Jazz Festival Facebook)

1. Corinne Bailey Rae

With a chart-topping debut album and over five million copies sold worldwide, Corinne Bailey Rae needs no introduction. The British singer-songwriter is best known for her smooth and soulful voice, with a repertoire of songs which include Put Your Records On, Been To The Moon and The Scientist, which was the only saving grace of featured in the movie Fifty Shades Darker.

Catch Corinne Bailey Rae’s performance in Singapore on 31 March, 9pm at the Main Stage.

(Course: Corinne Bailey Rae Facebook)

2. Brian McKnight

American singer-songwriter Brian McKnight is practically a household name in the R&B scene, and chances are, you’ve probably heard one of his songs at a wedding, anniversary party or in a cheesy video about love. (He’s the one who sang “One…you’re like a dream come true, two…just wanna be with you…“, in case you didn’t realise.)

25 years after his debut album, the award-winning performer is still charming hearts with his smooth, velvety voice, so don’t miss this chance to hear him sing live at the festival.

Catch Brian McKnight’s performance in Singapore on 2 April, 9pm at the Main Stage.

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3. Thirdstory

American vocal trio Thirdstory first started out on YouTube, where they quickly gained a strong fanbase for their soulful covers of popular songs, such as Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One and Taylor Swift’s Style. Their first EP, Searching, showcases the band’s stellar vocal harmonies, while their subsequent single, G Train, proves to be as catchy as it is soulful.

Catch Thirdstory’s performance in Singapore on 2 April, 9pm at the Main Stage.

(Source: Thirdstory Facebook)

4. Esperanza Spalding

American jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding has captivated audiences worldwide with her experimental rock tunes and eclectic style, even beating Drake and Justin Bieber to claim the Best New Artist title at the 2011 Grammys. Her latest album, Emily’s D+Evolution, challenges music stereotypes with an interesting blend of experimental rock, alluring vocals and alternative beats.

Catch Esperanza Spalding’s performance in Singapore on 1 April, 7.30pm at the Main Stage.

(Source: Esperanza Spalding Facebook)

5. Raw Earth

Now, what’s a jazz festival in Singapore without some local talents in the line-up? Local band Raw Earth comprises of several prominent artists in the music scene – namely Danny Loong, Francis Chan, Surath Godfrey, Hanrong and Victor Chen. The quintet just released their new single, In Your Universe, which they will be presenting at the festival.

Catch Raw Earth’s performance in Singapore on 1 April, 4.30pm at the Main Stage.

(Source: Raw Earth Facebook)

Singapore Jazz Festival 2017 runs from 31 March to 2 April at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets are available from $108 and up via SISTIC. For more details, check out the website here.

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