“Jazzmeia has one of the best voices I’ve heard in over 40 years”
– Jon Hendricks
“Jazzmeia Horn harbors both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision…. Horn has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul”
“Without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists…. Her sound is explosive and bright and rich, catnip for audiences looking for boldness that’s still traditional”
Sublime vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has emerged as one of the brightest rising stars in the jazz scene, earning the adoration of audiences around the world. Since releasing her Grammy-nominated debut album A Social Call in 2017, Horn has been busy traveling on the road, honing her vocal skills to a finely tuned level, writing songs of personal relevance and social message, and perfecting a fearless approach to improvisation and performance. This drive and passion resulted in one of the most courageous recordings of 2019, Love and Liberation, filled with songs of daring musicality, emotional power, and messages of immediate relevancy. Horn’s original compositions and covers both breathe and bend the jazz tradition with tasteful touches of R&B and hip-hop, revealing a marked inventiveness and a love for a good melodic line that hints at what Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, or Nina Simone might have evolved into today.
Winner of both the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn was born in Dallas in 1991, growing up in a tightly knit, church-going family filled with musical talent. Blessed with a fitting name for her chosen path—it was Horn’s jazz-loving, piano-playing grandmother who chose “Jazzmeia”—she began singing as a toddler and attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, known for launching such musical greats as Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones, and Erykah Badu. With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Horn graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It wasn’t much later that she began to perform as a sideman with musicians including Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Vincent Gardner, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, and Ellis Marsalis.
Horn has appeared in world-famous jazz festivals and legendary jazz clubs such as Lenox Lounge, Bill’s Place, The Apollo, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Jazz Club CocaCola, Minton’s, The Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc, Jazz Gallery, Birdland, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Her many accolades include Grammy nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” in both 2018 and 2020 for A Social Call and Love and Liberation, respectively.
Currently, Horn is a teaching artist in the NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Program and the Jazz in the Schools Program in Newark, New Jersey. She appears in various clubs on the national and international jazz scene alongside her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn”, which includes a pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, poet and dancer. Horn remains humble about her life and musical gift before God, saying, “I am thankful for the opportunity to play music professionally and have a deep desire to uplift the souls of others in need through my artistry in the spirit of music.”