Dorset girl Jazz Morley possesses a voice with such natural soulfulness beyond her 22 years of age that it possibly comes as no surprise to learn that her first public performance was the first year infants nativity play!
Fast forward to the present day and we find a rich, warm, emotive voice capable of the tiniest whisper of love to the full vent of a woman scorned.
Featuring on Best of MySpace and a short-listing to the finals of the Shure Songwriting Award 2010, judged by Paloma Faith, has opened up song-writing opportunities with several Top 40 credited artists as well as studio and live performances for BBC Introducing.
Further BBC Introducing support came in February 2011 when Jazz took part in the BBC Introducing Musicians’ Masterclass taking place at Abbey Road Studios.
BBC3 invited Jazz to contribute to on-line content of the extraordinarily moving documentary ‘Our War’ marking the ten-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Jazz’s contribution can be viewed at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00gg32p
Festival invites have also found their way to Jazz with City Showcase, The Great Escape, Isle of Wight, Penn, Guilfest, Outside:Inside, Summer Westival and Greenbelt festivals all finding their way into Jazz’s diary.
Music Week have recognised this growing industry popularity by inviting Jazz to perform at July’s ‘Breakout’ - their monthly showcase night for best new label signings and emerging talent.
But despite this attention, Jazz eschews the beckoning bright city lights and fast cars.
She’s a girl you’re more likely to find padding about bare foot on the beach, walking through puddles in wellies or driving Barry (her battered but beloved van) to the next gig.
Here are some nice things other people have written about Jazz:
“With references to Dusty via Duffy, this budding singer is well worth keeping an ear on”
Phil Jackson, BBC Introducing:The South
“‘Disconnected’ is absolutely cracking – she’s wonderful!”
Melita Dennett, BBC Introducing:The South
“That is the a-mazing Jazz Morley – that’s beautiful Jazz! I’ve heard so much about you, everybody is raving about you!”
Sally Taylor, BBC Radio Solent
“She has a lovely tone to her voice, and there’s more than a hint of Jennifer Rush’s Power of Love to this song, which should please a lot of folk”
Gill Mills, MySpace (Best of MySpace 104)
“With a classic soul voice that belies her age and could be mistaken for a happier Regina Spector, an ear for affecting melody and a knack for writing it, combined with a genuinely lovely, diva-less demeanour, we're backing Jazz to make a major splash. And with all the buzz she's busy creating, we hazard it won't be too long til we see more people falling for her piano-driven charms. Definitely one to watch.”
Jamie Stephens, BalconyTV
“Not often do you come across someone of Jazz Morley's youth with such depth of self knowledge and determination. That quality is reflected in her vocal delivery which has great strength with just that edge of fragility here and there which touches the heart where needed”
Kairen Kemp, Radio Reverb
“I was struck by the control of her voice… she’s got really good pitch and control. What I thought was really lovely was that she really kissed the lyrics… it felt quite sensuous”
“A great talent with a voice that reminds me of Eva Cassidy”
Andy Jackson, Wave 105 FM
“A voice of an angel doesn’t justify the sound you hear from Jazz, she is certainly a unique talent with a very bright future”
Glyn Taylor, Isle of Wight Radio
“If you only do one thing today, download Jazz Morley’s track from her site, superb voice!”
Mark Green, Never Enough Notes