© 2017 by KERRY JO HODGKIN

BIOGRAPHY

Kerry Jo Hodgkin is a versatile and  experienced  vocalist,  combining  strong  vocal technique with a soulful feeling for music.  She has worked in many musical styles, including blues, rock, musical theatre, dance music and soul.  However, time and again, her heart brings her back to jazz.  With 2 new jazz albums coming out in Autumn 2017, the thriving UK jazz scene is the world Kerry happily inhabits...
 
Kerry is also a trained actress, a writer, a respected educator and has a Masters Degree in Literature.
 

Born in Sheffield, Kerry comes from a musical family and gained her first professional singing experience at a young age.  She trained at Birmingham School of Acting, specialising in musical theatre in her final year.  Her career has included a TV appearance and supporting Maddie Prior at St Albans Cathedral with 4-part, all-female a capella group The Spirellas; fronting rock, pop, soul and Motown bands and establishing her own Prince's Trust funded business, Ladyblue Music.

Brought up with classical, pop, blues and soul music, it wasn't until her late teens/early twenties that Kerry really discovered jazz.  However, her love of the music has grown steadily ever since...

As a jazz vocalist, Kerry has been privileged to work with some of the cream of the UK jazz scene and has performed at some of the leading jazz venues, including Ronnie Scott's and the National Theatre in London, along with many appearances at the multi-award-winning Jazz Bar in Edinburgh.  Along with her own jazz combos, Kerry spent several years as the featured vocalist with the 17-piece Sounds of Swing Orchestra and has also featured with the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion.

Through two album releases on the 33 Jazz Records label, a national tour supported by Jazz Services and her two forthcoming, own-label album releases, this is a selection of the incredible musicians with whom Kerry has been fortunate enough to work: James Pearson, Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey, Jeremy Brown, Janette Mason, Ian Shaw, Mark Fletcher and Malcolm MacFarlane, amongst many more...