NYC Readers Jazz Awards 2019
* Pianist & Female Vocalist of the year *
"... a balm for the soul. Champian sounds, always, like she's having the time of her life" ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Champian is the most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation” DETROIT FREE PRESS
" Fulton is one ofthe rare pianist/vocalists who excels in both areas and has blossomed with each new release, displaying maturity far beyond her years." THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
• Recognized as a Rising Jazz Star by the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll
• Female Jazz Vocalist Of the Year and Pianist of the Year 2019 / Hot House Jazz Magazine Fans Decision Award Ceremony.
“Dream a Little practically pants with unvarnished vitality…. Fulton has set a high bar for herself since her 2007 debut Champian. In recent years she’s released a series of strong albums, each exposing a different aspect of her music. » JAZZTIMES
“Champian’s vocals reveal an evolving, idiosyncratic singing style: unpredictable, surprising and incredibly elastic. She can be coy in the manner of Blossom Dearie’s little-girl warbling one minute, and sexily un-demure the next, as on “Darn That Dream,” where sighs signal mood changes from dreamy to sensual. » HOT HOUSE JAZZ
"At this point in jazz history, Champian Fulton is the best piano-playing singer and the best pianist who happens to be a singer. With her blend of precision and flair on the keys and her nuanced approach to the mic, she’s been unstoppable lately. Her career validates the old proverb that you get good at what you do: somehow, in between gigs, she manages to find the time to make albums… » NY MUSIC DAILY
Champian’s 2018 release, “The Stylings of Champian”, was named one of the Top 5 Jazz Vocal releases of the year by the NYC Jazz Record, alongside Cecile McLorin Salvant and Kat Edmonson.
Champian performed in 11 countries this year and debuted in many new places including Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, The Jazz Lab in Melbourne Australia and Fasching in Stockholm Sweden. She released a new duo album with Cory Weeds, "Dream a Little..." and is planning a 2020 release entitled "Bird Song" featuring the music of Charlie Parker where she is joined by Jazz legend Scott Hamilton on tenor sax.
Born in Oklahoma, Champian Fulton has become a world class Jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim.
She grew up with music in the home; her mother and father (Jazz trumpeter and educator Stephen Fulton) recognized her fascination with music at an early age. The presence of her father’s musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, inspired her focus on Jazz. Her first paid musical engagement was with her own band at Clark Terry’s 75th Birthday Party; she was 10 years old. Since then, her piano and voice skills have been recognized by peers and critics as distinctive and sophisticated and she captivates audiences in New York’s finest Jazz rooms and in concert halls around the world.
A mainstay on the vibrant New York Jazz scene, she has performed with musical royalty such as Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes. From New York to Barcelona, Champian’s swinging style and charismatic performances have made her a guardian of the legacy of Jazz. Champian’s heroes include Bud Powell, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington.
"...an artist who radiates the joy of creation with a luminescent personality. Her music reflects that personality, and—like the sounds of of Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong—it lifts the spirit high." ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Fulton’s knowing vocals and improvisational flair are as cutting-edge as anything happening in the avant garde. To paraphrase JD Allen,, sometimes the most radical thing you can do these days is swing.” NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
Champian is ambitious about recording her music. As a leader she has eleven recordings to her credit.
Her debut album, Champian with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing (2007 Such Sweet Thunder Records) was recorded following a two-year residency at the famed New York Jazz Club Birdland. Her releases Sometimes I’m Happy (2008 Venus Records) and the breeze and I (2010 Gut String Records) featured her working trio. Champian’s following two releases, Champian Sings and Swings (2013 Sharp Nine) and Change Partners (2014 Cellar Live) were both recognized as being “in the top 10 releases of the year” for their respective years (NY Observer). Champian’s album, “After Dark” (2016) with Jazz luminaries David Williams on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, and Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn, features the music of Dinah Washington. In 2017, she published no less than three albums an instrumental one ("Speechless" - Posi-Tone), a wonderful recording with Scott Hamilton ("The Things We Did Last Summer" - Blau Records) and "Christmas with Champian" (Champian Records). Champian’s 2018 release, “The Stylings of Champian” is a two disc set that was named one of the Top 5 Jazz Vocal releases of the year by the NYC Jazz Record, alongside Cecile McLorin Salvant and Kat Edmonson.
November 19 - Mezzrow, NYC USA
November 30 - Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego CA USA
December 8 - Blue Note (Brunch), NYC USA
December 14 - Winters, Chicago IL
December 19 - Live WUCF, Orlando FL USA
December 20 - Jazz Corner, Hilton Head SC
December 21 - Jazz Corner Hilton Head SC
December 26 - Birdland Jazz Club, NYC USA
December 27 - Shanghai Jazz, Madison NJ USA
December 31 - George Town Club (by Invitation Only), Washington DC USA
January 18 - Vermont Jazz Center
January 24 - North Carolina Jazz Fest, Wilmington NC USA
January 25 - North Carolina Jazz Fest, Wilmington NC USA
February 12 - Birdland Theater, NYC USA
February 13 - Birdland Theater, NYC USA
February 21 - 24 - JazzVox Series, Seattle Area USA
April 3 to 6th - Scandinavia
April 13 - Austria
April 14 - 16 - Jazzland, Vienna Austria
April 17th to 27th - Scandinavia
July 3 - Festival 24h du Swing, Monsegur - FR
July 7 - Festival Jazz à l'Amirauté - France
August 10 - Festival Parfum de Jazz - France
August 20-26 - Cetaldo - Italy