Val Sinclair – Jazz/Blues Vocalist

With Darlingside’s lovely David Senft at Cambridge Folk Festival

 

On a paddle steamer with a jazz-band on the Mississippi while in New Orleans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delighted to be playing the first concert with the new band ‘Mood Indigo’.   10 September.   See gig guide.


It was so good hearing our latest song, Dawn in Costa Rica, coming over the airwaves.  Thank you so much BBC Radios Shropshire, Hereford and Worcester.


‘Cool Cool Daddy’
– Have a listen to the first track on the Blackbirds album .  We love the quirky piano intro by Pat Brandon which compliments the album title.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

BREAKING NEWS – I was delighted to see that Costa Rica won Prince William’s Earthshot prize.  Here is the song I wrote following my visit to that amazing country. Once again, there’s not a hint of jazz or blues in it!!

Dawn in Costa Rica

VAL SINCLAIR   is well-known in the UK as a professional  vocalist who is at ease with many music genres but was initially known for blues, jazz and big-band. She has also performed in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Having recently moved from Cambridge, Val is now based near Shrewsbury.  She works with a number of bands, in particular the Devon-based ‘Sizzling Jazz and Blues Band’ (playing blues, main-stream jazz  and latin),  and Cambridge-based ‘Turquoise‘ which plays all the above with an additional  eclectic mix of music. “It’s hard to anticipate what they might play next, they are so talented and certainly not repetitive. A great mix for concert”.  

Both bands  promise sophistication, fun , and superb musicianship,  all wrapped in a warm and professional package.  Ideal for that very special occasion and well equipped to make concerts a joy for listeners

Val Sinclair with Turquoise  – The album ‘Blackbirds on the Loose’ has a great mix of genres and shows how very eclectic and talented these musicians are, and reflects the many hours of song arrangement and rehearsal that went into it.  The band was also involved in the album production, along with Andy Guy of the Shrubbery Recording Studio in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, who did an amazing job of recording, mastering and mixing.  

OUR HOME-GROWN SONG  ‘LAVENDER AND LACE’  WAS REVISED AND RE-ENTERED INTO THE UK (INTERNATIONAL) SONG-WRITING COMPETITION FOR 2020 WHERE IT WAS GIVEN THE TOP 5* MARK AND WENT INTO THE SEMI-FINALS IN  BOTH THE ‘ADULT CONTEMPORARY’ AND ‘SINGER-SONGWRITER’ SECTIONS.  WE WERE DELIGHTED WITH A SEMI FINAL PLACE AS THERE WERE OVER 9,000 ENTRIES FROM 84 COUNTRIES. YEAH!

Click here to listen to the revised Lavender and Lace – once again as far away from blues and jazz as you can get!!

Your lovely comments

“Thanks for the time during my visit to the UK. I really enjoyed meeting you and so appreciate the talent and power of your voice – you are truly gifted – an inspiration to those of us who aspire. Also please tell Gerry (Prusiewicz) how much I enjoy his playing and approach to the guitar – he is great!” This morning I am listening to your album on a good stereo and it is absolutely wonderful – great production that supports your wonderful voice – think Billie Holiday singing god bless the child. The album has great texture with seamless synergy between you and the musicians – wonderful result!  Mark Warner, Louisiana, USA

(Thank you Mark for your encouraging comments. I loved the jam session we had while,you were in the UK, for me it was a ‘master class’ in singing the blues, very special indeed, and I’m looking forward to working together in the USA  –  Val)

“A gorgeous voice and the Blackbirds album is  “like a delicious box of chocolates” BBC’s Sue Marchant.

Most of us know Val Sinclair as one of that breed of (jazz) singers who can make a venue feel deliciously smoky with her voice of pure, deep velvet…. A superb concert band”  Prof Mike McCarthy

“A fabulous concert in Hereford Cathedral with the marvellous Val Sinclair”.  Press review

“Val Sinclair, you stole the show as always! Wowing the crowd, you sang low down and raunchy one minute (Don’t Mess With My Man), sweet and gentle the next (You’ll Never Be The Sun), and everything in between – the crowd loved you to bits! There’s nobody like you!” Pat Brandon

“This woman is so polished, so professional, has a glorious voice and is a joy to work with”  Joe Stringer

“Some vocalists just sing, but some are ‘singers’. Val Sinclair (and Martin Leigh) are indeed “singers” Press review for Galaxy Big Band