b. 1970, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. After studying Jazz Fundamentals, acting and voice, with Bill Pepper, at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Loftus began singing professionally in her home town in 1990. She quickly became known in Australia and soon extended her experience and her audience in the Far East with performances in Hong Kong and elsewhere. In 1994 she went to Europe and the following year settled in London, England. Since then she has established a considerable reputation, appearing at many nightclubs, including Ronnie Scott’s, and building a new audience through engagements such as these and well-received albums. Loftus, who has declared her first musical influence to be Nina Simone, judiciously allows her training and performances as an actor to enhance her singing. Mostly, however, her clear voice, which she sometimes uses in a deliberate and skilful bluesy manner, is well suited to the needs of a jazz singer. She is also a composer and lyricist of merit. By the time of her second album, this singer’s fast-growing talent was proving to be a valued asset to the London jazz scene. However, she was already chafing at the occasionally confining boundaries of the jazz world and in 1998 was planning a pop album.
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