b. England. Singing as a child in school opened her mind to the joys of music. Although Kibbey sang in a school choir, she really wanted to be in the Music and Movement class and she had herself deliberately relegated there by singing out of tune: ‘I knew enough at that age to know how to sing out of tune on purpose’. As a teenager she sang in choirs and at folk festivals. She also spent many years training as a dancer and became a qualified teacher of dance. As an adult she continued to sing, mostly pop with some jazz, but was diverted into marriage and children. After her fourth child and a divorce she sang on, gradually dropping all but jazz from her repertoire and gaining a reputation. In 1987 she studied jazz and rock at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in the 90s was teaching at the Royal Academy of Music.
Kibbey has worked with many noted jazz musicians ranging stylistically from Acker Bilk and Bud Freeman to Harry Beckett and Tony Coe. In 1991 she was featured singer in a jazz suite composed by Michael Garrick. She has played jazz festivals in the USA, Europe and in the UK, including appearance at Sacramento, Köln and Ascona. Kibbey has also been featured at arts festivals including those at Bradford on Avon and Bath where, in 1994, she performed a one-woman show. She has also held residencies in Sweden and Japan. Kibbey’s repertoire ranges widely across traditional and modern jazz and encompasses the best of popular songs. Her vocal range is similarly wide and she sings with great dramatic flair and has a commanding stage presence.