“If you’re a Gregory Porter fan, you might long for a female counterpart who also combines the classic jazz of Billy Holiday with the old-school soul of Donny Hathaway…that’s Polly Gibbons.” – Downbeat
“A full-blooded blast of brass and there it is, a voice that is to jazz as Adele’s is to pop: rich, powerful, soul-baring.” – Evening Standard ★★★★
Polly Gibbons has built a reputation as being an original and gifted voice. Her nomination for a BBC Jazz Award back in 2006 with no album release to her name, was clear indication of just how special a singer and performer Polly is.
With warm, rich, soulful vocals and an innate blues sensibility, Polly has been likened to many of the jazz and soul greats bringing her own storytelling and earnest depth alongside unique humour and fun to performances. Having developed her craft over the past decade, Polly has performed at all the leading UK jazz clubs, international festivals and is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s Club.
My Own Company, her debut UK jazz album with James Pearson, pianist and Musical Director of Ronnie Scott’s, was released to critical acclaim in August 2014 – long overdue, yet not before time. The album features original material including Midnight Prayer, which won the Indie International Song Writing Competition 2014.
Polly signed to acclaimed US jazz label Resonance Records at the beginning of 2014, and soon after recorded the album ‘Many Faces Of Love’ in Los Angeles with founder and producer George Klabin. Having completed a highly successful preliminary autumn tour in Florida, New York, Boston and Minneapolis, the album was released globally in February 2015.
In June 2016 Polly made a lot of new fans when she opened for all six dates of George Benson’s UK tour and also four Gladys Knight shows.
Her latest album, Is It Me…? has just been released and is receiving some wonderful reviews!