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Stacey Kent (born March 27, 1968 in New York) is a jazz singer.

Kent grew up in New York and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She moved to England after her graduation, where she studied at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While there, she met the tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married on August 9, 1991.

Her first CD, Close Your Eyes, was released in 1997. She has released five CDs since then, as of 2006, and has also featured on Tomlinson's albums, most recently The Lyric (2005).

Kent's music has been championed by critic and jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton, and she won the 2001 British Jazz Award and the 2002 BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist. She also presents jazz programmes on BBC Radio 2 and 3.
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