New York-based performer Jazzmeia Horn is a gifted jazz vocalist with an inventive, scat-influenced style that helped her win both the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition. Following her Monk win, she released her Grammy-nominated 2017 debut album, A Social Call.
Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1991, Horn grew up in a creative, spiritually minded family and was first introduced to singing by her grandmother, a gospel pianist with an abiding love of jazz. Although she sang from an early age, it wasn't until her teens, when she attended Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, that she developed an interest in jazz. Introduced to Sarah Vaughan by her composition class teacher, Horn fell in love with Vaughan's style and worked to learn her phrasing and inflection. From there, Horn began listening to other instrumentalists, including John Coltrane and Miles Davis. After high school, she honed her skills studying at Manhattan's New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She had already gained recognition as a formidable talent during her time in school, and took home several Down Beat student music awards. Graduating in 2009, Horn quickly immersed herself in the New York scene, performing alongside such luminaries as Billy Harper, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, and many more.
“'I See Your Face Before Me' is a remarkably beautiful ballad. Vince's smooth tone coupled with this amazing song equals magic. If you love quality music, you will love this tune!”
“AWESOME!!! This is a lovely recording! The sound quality is clear and your voice is pushed forward perfectly. I love your bass/baritone voice. I truly enjoy your jumps between octaves up and down. It shows your vocal and dynamic control...The build up keeps me engaged and makes me want to lean back and immerse myself into the song. So classy!! Congratulations!!”
“Great music! I just found out about you recently. Just in time for me to add your music to my collection. Thanks so much for making such amazing music. I'll spread the word and recommend your stuff out here!”
— Dan - Kettering, Ohio