b. 6 September 1962, Glasgow, Scotland. Violet Leighton began her singing career performing in clubs and pubs in her home town and in other parts of the country. Her repertoire at the time was mainly R&B songs. After moving to London she worked as a session singer, but also made concert and club appearances and sang at jazz and blues festivals. She was persuaded by Glasgow-based disc jockey and impresario Jim Waugh to redirect her repertoire, and in the mid-90s began singing jazz. Performing in various parts of the UK she has shared bills with jazz notables, including Martin Taylor, and made a well-received debut album. Working with guitarist and composer Nigel Clark, she has appeared on BBC radio and also on television. In the late 90s she was locating her career around London and also seeking to expand her vocal boundaries beyond the confining envelope of jazz. Leighton’s singing voice is warm and mature and she swings with subtlety. Her treatment of ballads is especially pleasing, and she possesses excellent interpretative skills.
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