Nancy Erickson has established herself as a vocally creative force to be reckoned with! Following her performances in Kobe, Japan, Nancy Erickson hit her stride. Her 2011 debut CD, “Prelude” received positive reviews and she has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene. Her sophomore release, “While Strolling Through the Park” (release date 1/8/2016) delivers mature vocals, three original songs, and some unexpected arrangements of jazz standards. With influences like Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Dianne Reeves, and Peggy Lee, Nancy’s rich, mellow alto voice has been compared to Karen Carpenter and Diana Krall.
In 2012, Nancy won the Seattle Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Competition. This resulted in well-received performances in Kobe, Japan, including Asahi Hall which was also broad-cast live online to over 5,000 viewers.
Nancy began her career in the late 80’s singing in a NW jazz band called After Hours. Nancy recorded and co-produced a Christmas CD entitled “Urban Christmas” in 1993 under the group name, ‘Xebec’. Taking a break to raise children, she returned to public performing singing backup with the Northwest R&B band Freddy Pink. Nancy also did some backup work with the band Nearly Dan (a Steely Dan tribute band) and Bernadette Bascom.
In 2009 Nancy returned to her jazz roots; “I’d been singing other styles in various bands, but when I came back to jazz singing I remembered where my heart lies musically.” Nancy Erickson’s passion for jazz music is apparent in her pin-drop ballads and the rapport she has with her band(s).
Part of the Second Sunday Jazz Series – Admission is Free!
The Heart of Anacortes – Corner of 4th & “O” Ave
7/10/16 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm