“Barbara King’s dusky, Sarah Vaughan-like qualities mark her as a talent to watch” – Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times.
Reigniting tradition is what Barbara King is all about. This Brooklyn, New York native is lighting the path for a new generation of fans by advancing the confluence of jazz and inspirational music. Barbara’s noteworthy performances of popular standards and a vast selection of original compositions have earned her critical acclaim. This acclaim has led her to an aptly named, debut CD, Perfect Timing.
Ms. King began her career at the age of seven singing in church and performing in school plays. She sang with the noted Vassar College Choir and toured the U.S., which gave her an opportunity to tinker with melodies and lyrics of classic and popular tunes. After graduation from Vassar, King enrolled in the Brooklyn Music School, got herself a vocal coach and kicked her career into high gear.
Barbara segued smoothly into appearances and engagements with legends Rufus Reid, Kirk Whalum, Akira Tana, Onaje Alan Gumbs, with pop legend, Patti Labelle and gospel icon, Kirk Franklin. Barbara also was a featured vocalist on Tana Reid’s CD, Back to Front, andonHiro Takada’spiano paean, Portrait in NYC. King remains in touch with her spiritual roots and did a guest solo on the Christian Cultural Center’s 2005 holiday CD, A Jazzy Christmas. King also sang in Vienna, Austria, at the Advent Sing, performed in Worlds Sing Gospel concert in Tuscany, Italy, and sang with pianist Dino Kartsonakis at Carnegie Hall.
Her debut release, Perfect Timing on CCCMG Records, marks the first outing of Barbara King. Barbara presents splendid interpretations of some standards and four life-affirming, original tracks: Miracles, Overtaken, Perfect Timing and Your Smile. The CD includes such well-known tunes as Ribbon in the Sky, Forever Young, I Say A Little Prayer, and Let It Be. King is joined by several jazz luminaries--Cecil Bridgewater, Arturo O’Farrill, Carl Allen, Rodney Jones and Dave Valentin. Perfect Timing is pure musical elegance and well worth a listen. Barbara has captivated audiences in Greece, Japan, Dubai, Eastern Europe, Jamaica and New York City. She has played such notable venues as Birdland, The Iridium, The Water Club, Sweet Rhythm, Tavern on the Green, Jazz Standard, The Kitano, and Lenox Lounge.
Perfect Timing is available on-line at www.cdbaby.com.
Cape May Jazz Festival
WNBC-TV Weekend Today In New York
Mickey Roker Trio (Japan)
Craig Bailey Sextet (Greece)
Black Enterprise Magazine (Art Exhibition, Hartford, Connecticut)
Festival of Arts (Kingston, Jamaica)
Soundson the Hudson (Battery Park City, NY)
CD 101.9FM’s Jazz Cruise
Noel Pointer Jazz Cruise
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Fox and Friends Weekend (Fox News Channel)
Brooklyn Cable Access Television (BCAT)