About this Artist
Since the early 2000s, award-winning vocalist and songwriter Gretchen Parlato has justly earned a reputation as one of the most inventive and mesmerizing vocalists of her generation. In April 2021, she released Flor, a project honoring her love for and admiration of Brazilian music and her first studio recording in nearly a decade. “This project is a reflection of a time of putting myself aside and being completely present as a mom,” says Parlato. “I’m finally able to find the balance between artistic creativity and nurturing motherhood. My purpose has both a higher and deeper meaning. There is a story to tell, now… of who I am in this role, and how that is reflected in the music.” Her upcoming project, Lean In, is a duo collaboration with guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke and will be released in March 2023 on Edition Records.
Featured on over 85 albums—four as a leader—Gretchen received a Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Flor (2021) and Live in NYC (2013) and a coveted 4.5-star review from Downbeat Magazine, with the DVD hitting the No. 1 slot on iTunes’ Best Music Video list. The Lost and Found (2011) received more than 30 national and international awards, including the Downbeat Jazz Critics Poll No. 1 Vocal Album of 2011 and iTunes Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Her 2009 sophomore release, In a Dream, was Jazz Times’ Critics Poll Vocal Album of 2009 and hailed by Billboard as “the most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009.”