Why hire Kyra Gaunt?
Jazz vocalist, R&B songwriter, classically-trained musician and intimate soul bearer. Check out Kyra's debut album Be the True Revolution (2007) at kyraocity.com. She performs at weddings and venues throughout New York City like Crash Mansion, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Rose in Williamsburg.
A rhythmic, sensual, and passionate performer, you can hire her voice & guitar duo; voice, guitar and percussion trio; or a full band titled Rare Breed.
Likened to Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Jean Carne, Betty Carter, Sade, and the "black" Sheryl Crow, this is a singer-songwriter (R&B/jazz) you'll long to hear again and again.
Voicing Transformation through song and scholarship, ethnomusicologist and singer-songwriter Kyra Gaunt is a rare breed. She is an ethnomusicologist, a recording artist, a public speaker/intellectual, a published author, a trained success coach, and a emerging entrepreneur residing in Brooklyn's historic Bed-Stuy community. She originally hails from Rockville, Maryland outside Washington D.C.
Her original songs are based on transformations she caused in her life from reconciling with her birth father whom she'd never met before 4 years ago to bringing the book knowledge she's learned to life in a song about love. This ain't your ordinary R&B or jazz vocalist. Contact her for a performance you'll never forget full of love, passion and integrity.
Check out her tunes at http://myspace.com/kyraocity and request both jazz standards and R&B classics like People Make the World Go Round.
QUOTES FROM OTHER MUSICIANS & FANS:
"Great feel. Reminds me of Jean Carn." - Daniel Sadownick (percussionist for Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon, Maxwell, Angie Stone and Meshell Ndege'Ocello)
"So rhythmic!" - Vijay Iyer (#1 Rising Star Jazz Artist of the Year and #1 Rising Star Composer of the Year, Downbeat Magazine International Critics' Poll for both 2006 and 2007)
"Intimate, magnetic, polished and professional caliber." - Patricia D., a devoted fan and music lover
"Your songs remind me of the feel of Maze" - Dave Gibson (drums) of Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet & Dave Gibson Quintet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr5QVCwt3ok
"You embarrass people with your songs" - TomÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡s Doncker, guitarist and songwriting partner
"Roberta Flack, Betty Carter, and Sade rolled into one." - Ira Atkins, longtime jazz and rock drummer NYC scene
Booker King: bass
Daniel Sadownick: percussion
RJ Rabin: drums
TomÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡s Doncker: guitarist, co-songwriter
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 45 - 120 minutes
Sound system, monitors, speakers
Tailored to your needs if you want cover tunes interspersed with my originals. Covers include Luther Vandross, John Legend (So High for weddings), Al Green, Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, and more. Also jazz standards are available
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