An Evening with Ocean Vuong

Join the author of Time is a Mother for a reading and conversation about his writing process, his influences, and the themes behind his New York Times-bestselling, deeply intimate second poetry collection.

About Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong is the author of the New York Times bestselling poetry collection, Time is a Mother (Penguin Press 2022), and the New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019), which has been translated into 37 languages.  A recipient of a 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, he is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Hartford, Connecticut in a working class family of nail salon and factory laborers, he was educated at nearby Manchester Community College before transferring to Pace University to study International Marketing. Without completing his first term, he dropped out of Business school and enrolled at Brooklyn College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Nineteenth Century American Literature. He subsequently received his M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University. 

He currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and serves as a tenured Professor in the Creative Writing M.F.A. Program at New York University.

Aoife O’Donovan | America, Come

With La Jolla Symphony and San Diego Children’s Choir

“O’Donovan is in a league all her own—her harmonic and rhythmic inventions make for post-folk ear candy.”—Nashville Scene

“There’s a…march to the blossoming of her catalog and her artistry and it’s on full display on All My Friends.”—The Bluegrass Situation

“vocalist of unerring instinct”—New York Times

GRAMMY winner Aoife O’Donovan celebrates democracy and womanhood on her new solo album, All My Friends. The 9-song collection is inspired by the passage of the 19th amendment and the evolving landscape of women’s rights in America over the past century. She artfully draws on speeches and letters by Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Voters, to write intricately filigreed new, original songs infused with modern viewpoint. The 2022 Folk Alliance International Song of the Year winner, who was last seen at ArtPower in 2022, is joined by La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Diego Children’s Choir, conducted by Sameer Patel.

Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats: Haunting Days of Halloween

Welcome to the Haunting Days of Halloween.

What if supernatural creatures were real? What if they’ve been walking among us, hiding, pretending to be human? What if on the days leading to Halloween, they get to be just as they are?

Get ready for an spooktacular morning of music and family-fun with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats! The 2x GRAMMY® Award winner, front woman and songwriter Lucy Kalantari engages her audience with interactive, jazz-scat-along play, while singing foot-tapping songs highlighting the joys of life, community and resilience. Family members from 0 to 122 will find themselves lighter and smiling through and through!

Las Cafeteras

“Uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.”—Los Angeles Times

“Creative, socially conscious, it’s perfect”—NPR

We’re happy to welcome back Las Cafeteras to the Epstein Family Amphitheater. Born and raised East of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music as modern-day troubadours. They are a sonic explosion of Afro-Mexican rhythms, electronic beats and powerful rhymes documenting stories of a community seeking to “build a world where many worlds fit.”

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed many genres and borders along the way. Their electric sound & energy has taken them around the world playing shows from Bonnaroo to the Hollywood Bowl, WOMAD New Zealand to Montreal Jazz, & beyond!

From Afro-Mexican to Americana, from Soul to Son Jarocho, from Roots to Rock and Hip Hop, Las Cafeteras take folk music to the future. They honor the past by using electrifying traditional instrumentation like the 8-string Jarana, 4-string Requinto, Quijada (donkey jawbone) and Tarima (a wooden platform). Las Cafeteras sing in five distinct languages, English, Spanish, Spanglish, Love and Justice … and they believe everyone understands at least one of those languages.

Campana Sobre Campana: Christmas in Mexico

With Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and Ballet Folklorico del Rio Grande

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and Ballet Folklorico del Rio Grande invite you to celebrate the holiday season with Campana Sobre Campana: Christmas in Mexico! Named for the beloved Andalusian Christmas Carol, this vibrant show weaves cherished Mexican traditions into a magical story of the season! Through the joyous rhythms of “Bells Upon Bells” and the colorful spectacle of Mexican dance, we capture the heartwarming reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey! You’ll experience the spirit of Posadas, the majesty of the Reyes Magos, and the thrill of breaking piñatas! Join Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and Ballet Folklorico del Rio Grande for an unforgettable program where every note and dance step embodies the rich cultural tapestry of Christmas in Mexico!

 

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar y Ballet Folklórico del Río Grande te invitan a celebrar la temporada navideña con Campana Sobre Campana: Navidad en México. Nombrado en honor al querido Villancico Andaluz, este vibrante espectáculo entrelaza tradiciones mexicanas entrañables en una mágica historia de la temporada. A través de los alegres ritmos de Campana Sobre Campana y el colorido espectáculo de la danza mexicana, capturamos la conmovedora representación del viaje de María y José. ¡Experimentarás el espíritu de las Posadas, la majestuosidad de los Reyes Magos y la emoción de romper piñatas! Únete a Ballet Folklórico del Río Grande y Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar en un programa inolvidable donde cada nota y paso de baile encarnan la rica cultura de la Navidad en México.

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Un-Silent Night: An EPIC Holiday Sing-Along!

“Why see a show when you can BE the show!”

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a fully interactive, participatory show that turns the audience into performers! So get ready to laugh, dance and SING! your hearts out with hundreds of other music-lovers just like you. It’s like a big birthday party for the greatest songs of all time and you’re invited!

So grab a friend (or ten), and come out ready to GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT! – all voices welcome, no experience necessary. They Teach; You Sing! Everyone Wins!

Choir! Choir! Choir! returns to San Diego to present: Un-Silent Night: An EPIC Holiday Sing-Along!

Un-Silent Night is Choir! Choir! Choir!’s warmest and fuzziest night ever! Imagine yourself surrounded by hundreds of other voices, making your way through an unforgettable mix of holiday classics and seasonal pop gems! Sigh. What could feel better as winter approaches? Absolutely nothing. And it doesn’t really matter if or what you celebrate: Dust off that ugly sweater, grab your friends and family, and get ready to feel the glow of togetherness at a fully interactive holiday sing-along show like no other!

Since 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! directors Daveed Goldman + Nobu Adilman have blurred the lines between performer and audience, traveling the world to create harmony with strangers and friends alike. They’ve collaborated with renowned artists like Patti Smith, David Byrne, Brandi Carlile, Rick Astley, Rufus Wainwright, and even Kermit The Frog at New York’s Lincoln Center, creating memorable videos that have garnered views in the millions. Now it’s your turn to SING!, so grab your friends, get your tickets and we’ll C! you there! #NeverStopSinging

JAWS Film Screening

Pre-show activities provided by UC San Diego’s Craft Center.

Celebrate Shark Week with an unforgettable experience! Join us for a special screening of JAWS in partnership with Birch Aquarium’s Shark Summer. Relive the suspense and excitement of the classic film that defined the genre, all while celebrating our fascination with these incredible ocean predators. Before the movie, explore fascinating shark exhibits and learn about the real-life counterparts of the iconic great white. This event promises an evening of edge-of-your-seat entertainment and educational fun for the whole family. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy JAWS under the stars, surrounded by the wonders of the deep!

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Star Trek (2009) live with film score played by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Introduction by Michael Giacchino

Experience the thrilling Star Trek saga like never before! Join us for an unforgettable evening as the San Diego Symphony performs the exhilarating score of Star Trek (2009) live, perfectly synchronized with the film. Relive the epic journey of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise as they face their greatest challenges yet. The symphony’s powerful rendition of Michael Giacchino’s iconic soundtrack will transport you to the final frontier, adding a new dimension to the breathtaking visuals and action-packed scenes. Don’t miss this extraordinary fusion of film and live music, where the adventure boldly continues!

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About Michael Giacchino

Composer and Director Michael Giacchino has film score credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed projects in recent history, including The Incredibles, Coco, Jojo Rabbit, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spider- Man: No Way Home, War for the Planet of the Apes and The Batman. Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards. After almost twenty years of film scoring, Giacchino directed the very first Marvel special presentation, Werewolf By Night in 2022.

Giacchino studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard, and then at UCLA. He moved from marketing to producing in the newly formed Disney Interactive Division where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.

After moving to DreamWorks Interactive, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score, recorded with members of the Seattle Symphony. Giacchino went on to score numerous video games including Spielberg’s Medal of Honor series.

Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series Alias and Lost, and the feature films Mission Impossible III, the three Star Trek films, and Super 8.

Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams), the Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris, and the Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier at California Adventure. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with all three Star Trek films, Ratatouille, Jurassic World, Up and Coco being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra.

In June 2018, Giacchino premiered his first work for symphony orchestra, Voyage, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the piece celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA. In July 2019, a third movement, Advent, was added for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

In 2019, Giacchino’s first LP of original music, Travelogue Vol 1, featuring his Nouvelle Modernica orchestra, described as a story in song, was released on Mondo Records. The holiday song Christmas Number One, written with Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson was recorded and performed by UK based band Itchy Teeth, and released as a specialty single with Death Waltz Records.

Werewolf By Night marked Giacchino’s feature directing debut after having helmed the Star Trek short Ephraim and Dot, and his own comedy short, Monster Challenge.

His most recent work was for the International Academy Award nominated Society of the Snow directed by J.A. Bayona, and IF, directed by John Krasinski. Giacchino sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.

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A Tale of Two Sulus: An Evening with George Takei and John Cho

Moderated by Michael Giacchino

Join us for a captivating evening as we bring together two iconic actors who have both portrayed the legendary character Sulu in the Star Trek universe. “A Tale of Two Sulus” features George Takei and John Cho in a dynamic conversation that delves into their shared legacy as Starfleet’s esteemed helmsman. Beyond their roles in Star Trek, Takei and Cho are celebrated authors of graphic novels and passionate advocates for social justice. This event promises an engaging exploration of their diverse careers, creative endeavors, and the impactful contributions they have made to important causes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from two trailblazing artists whose work continues to inspire and resonate across generations.

About George Takei

George Takei is a civil rights leader, social media superstar, Grammy-nominated recording artist, New York Times bestselling author, and pioneering actor. He has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television roles, most famously as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek.

With an uncanny eloquence and signature wit, Takei shares the story of his family’s forced internment as Japanese Americans during WWII — a seemingly forgotten part of American history. He also takes audiences through his rise to celebrity as a Sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media mega-power, and his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in America empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference.

George Takei is known around the world for his role in the acclaimed original TV series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise. But Takei’s story, which includes an acting career that spans six decades, goes where few have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, exploring the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture, and is the subject of the documentary To Be Takei. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad Takei bring viewers into their personal lives in the “heightened reality” web series It Takeis Two. He was a series regular in the second season of Ridley Scott’s anthology drama The Terror: Infamy, which premiered on AMC in August 2019.

His rich baritone has provided narration for the PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the Peabody Award- winning radio documentary Crossing East, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which garnered Takei a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. He has also done voiceover work for hundreds of video games, commercials, films and TV series such as Fox’s The Simpsons and Futurama ; Disney’s Kim Possible, Mulan and Mulan 2 ; Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Takei’s acting credits include co- starring in five Star Trek movies and appearances on such TV series as Fresh Off the Boat , Supah Ninjas , Hawaii Five-0, The New Normal, The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, Psych, Will & Grace , Miami Vice , MacGyver , The Six Million Dollar Man , Mission: Impossible and The Twilight Zone, among numerous others.

In 2015, Takei made his Broadway debut in the musical Allegiance, which was inspired by his true- life experiences during World War II. In 2017, he starred in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures in New York City.

Takei is the author of four books, including his autobiography To the Stars. His fifth book, the New York Times bestselling graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy, was released in July 2019.

Takei has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out Project and was Cultural Affairs Chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He is also chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S.-Japanese relations.

Takei received both bachelor and master of arts degrees from UCLA (’60, ’64). In June 2019, Takei received the Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT). Mashable.com named Takei the #1 most-influential person on Facebook. He currently boasts more than 10 million Facebook likes and 3 Million Twitter followers—and he uses these platforms to share humor, news, and his take on current events.

About John Cho

One of our most dynamic actors and New York Times best-selling author, John Cho’s esteemed career has spanned over two decades. Cho has continued to deliver compelling performances in both film and television, positioning him as one of the first Korean- American actors in the mainstream to breakthrough business and cultural barriers.

Cho’s debut middle-grade book, Troublemaker, was released on March 22, 2022. Troublemaker landed on both the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller lists in its first week. Troublemaker is a galvanizing middle-grade offering that follows the L.A. riots in 1992 through the eyes of 12-year-old Korean American Jordan Park, whose parents own a liquor store. When Jordan’s father leaves to check on the store amid mounting unrest, Jordan and his friends set out on a perilous journey to help his dad, and Jordan is forced to face the racism plaguing his own community.

Cho recently starred in the Amazon Studios’ father-daughter dramedy, Don’t Make Me Go. The story follows a single father (Cho) who has discovered he has a fatal brain tumor and decides to take his teenage daughter on a road trip to find her estranged mother, as he attempts to teach her everything she may need to know over the rest of her life.

Recently, Cho executive produced Erick Oh’s animated short film Namoo.”Namoo”—which translates in Korean to “tree”—is a hand- painted narrative poem inspired by the passing of Oh’s grandfather. The short follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life, from beginning to end. Namoo appeared on the 2022 Oscar’s Short List and was nominated for Best Special Production and Best Character Animation – TV/ Media for the Annie Awards 2021.

Cho starred in the live-action Netflix series Cowboy Bebop, based on the worldwide phenomenon from the original Japanese animated series in 1997. The show follows “Spike Spiegel” (Cho) and a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters hired to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals while fleeing from their own complicated histories. The series also starred Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell.

On the big screen, Cho starred in Aneesh Chaganty’s film Searching, which garnered him an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of “Best Male Lead.” The film was named one of the National Board of Review’s top 10 independent films of 2018. Searching is a tense, emotional thriller told via technology devices that we use every day to communicate. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, winning two awards, and several outlets singled out Cho’s performance as one of the best of the festival. Cho was also seen starring in Kogonada’s Columbus , opposite Haley Lu Richardson. Variety raved about Cho’s performance and his “untapped ability as a captivatingly sincere leading man,”—and the film was nominated for four Gotham Awards and three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best First Feature.

Cho previously lent his voice to the father in the Oscar-nominated Mirai and in the Sony Pictures Animation titled Wish Dragon alongside Jackie Chan and Constance Wu. The film was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of “Best Character Animation – Feature.”

Cho first came into the spotlight in the 1999 hit comedy American Pie and the sequel, American Reunion. He starred as ‘Harold Lee’ opposite Kal Penn in the cult comedies Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay , and A Very Harold & Kumar 3- D Christmas. Cho went on to star in the iconic role of ‘Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu’ in the motion picture reboots of the legendary Star Trek franchise, appearing in all three films – Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness for J.J. Abrams and Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin.

Additional film credits include Sony’s The Grudge opposite Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough; the recent Hollywood-set noir, Gemini, opposite Lola Kirke and Zoe Kravitz; The Oath, written and directed by Ike Barinholtz; Seth Gordon’s Identity Theft opposite Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman; Ryan Eggold’s Literally, Right Before Aaron , Len Wiseman’s remake of the classic, Total Recall; Mora Stephens’ Zipper ; Paul Weitz’ Grandma and American Dreamz; Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow; Ho Yim’s Pavilion of Women; Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris; and the Best Picture Oscar® winner, American Beauty.

On television, Cho was recently seen in the CBS All Access reboot of The Twilight Zone, in which he starred opposite of Allison Tolman and Jacob Tremblay for one episode. Additional credits include the leading role in FOX’s THE Exorcist, the ABC comedy Selfie opposite Karen Gillan, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, NBC’s comedy Go On, and ABC’s drama series Flash Forward; the Weitz Bros’ Off Centre, and FOX’s Kitchen Confidential.

Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Cho began acting while studying English literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He toured the country with his first show, The Woman Warrior, an adaptation of the renowned memoir by Maxine Kingston. Other stage roles include ‘Laertes’ in the Singapore Repertory Theater’s production of Hamlet and a variety of shows for East West Players.

About Michael Giacchino

Composer and Director Michael Giacchino has film score credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed projects in recent history, including The Incredibles, Coco, Jojo Rabbit, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spider- Man: No Way Home, War for the Planet of the Apes and The Batman. Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards. After almost twenty years of film scoring, Giacchino directed the very first Marvel special presentation, Werewolf By Night in 2022.

Giacchino studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard, and then at UCLA. He moved from marketing to producing in the newly formed Disney Interactive Division where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.

After moving to DreamWorks Interactive, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score, recorded with members of the Seattle Symphony. Giacchino went on to score numerous video games including Spielberg’s Medal of Honor series.

Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series Alias and Lost, and the feature films Mission Impossible III, the three Star Trek films, and Super 8.

Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams), the Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris, and the Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier at California Adventure. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with all three Star Trek films, Ratatouille, Jurassic World, Up and Coco being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra.

In June 2018, Giacchino premiered his first work for symphony orchestra, Voyage, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the piece celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA. In July 2019, a third movement, Advent, was added for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

In 2019, Giacchino’s first LP of original music, Travelogue Vol 1, featuring his Nouvelle Modernica orchestra, described as a story in song, was released on Mondo Records. The holiday song Christmas Number One, written with Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson was recorded and performed by UK based band Itchy Teeth, and released as a specialty single with Death Waltz Records.

Werewolf By Night marked Giacchino’s feature directing debut after having helmed the Star Trek short Ephraim and Dot, and his own comedy short, Monster Challenge.

His most recent work was for the International Academy Award nominated Society of the Snow directed by J.A. Bayona, and IF, directed by John Krasinski. Giacchino sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.

See the full lineup during The Science of Story > 

 

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Joss Stone | ELLIPSIS TOUR

With support from Nik West

Joss Stone is a Grammy and Brit award-winning artist who released her star-making critically acclaimed debut album, The Soul Sessions, in 2003, aged just 16. Since then, she has released nine studio albums which have sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

Stone has kept the company of musical royalty, performing alongside legendary artists such as James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Sting, Van Morrison and Melissa Etheridge. In addition, she has collaborated with and contributed to albums for many of the world’s finest musicians, including Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, and Damien Marley, and garnered over one billion streams in the US alone.

Stone has been known to experiment with different styles in her own work as well, and her albums feature an exciting patchwork of various influences, creating a catalogue characterised by the fusion of her powerhouse soul vocals with reggae, world music, and hip-hop soundscapes.

A double Brit Award and Grammy winning artist, Joss Stone is without question among the most iconic soul singers of the modern era, a preternaturally gifted vocalist and songwriter whose remarkable career now spans two decades with no sign of slowing down. From 2003’s internationally acclaimed, chart-topping debut album, The Soul Sessions, to making history with 2004’s RIAA platinum certified Mind Body & Soul as the then-youngest-ever female artist to top the UK Albums Chart. The Kent born, Devon based artist, who has recently split her time between the UK and the U.S, has crafted eight highly accomplished solo albums, not to mention soundtrack hits, film and tv appearances, and collaborations with a who’s-who of music royalty, including Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Nas, Raphael Saadiq, Sheila E, and many more.