Audiences around the world have enthusiastically supported Spencer Day for over ten years at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tanglewood Music Center in Boston, and The Craig Ferguson Show. Day has been a perennial favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, NY, and is widely regarded for his original songs that blend compelling melodies, smart lyrics and lush arrangements. He enjoys the versatility and flexibility of his music and performs shows that infuse elements of cabaret, storytelling, and comedy with his piano and vocals.
For his recent album Daybreak, debuting #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart, Day crafted five new works that blend seamlessly with the cover tunes to create a moving tribute to the time, sound, feel, and sensibility that defined the California mid-century experience. Daybreak evokes the breezy feel of a sunny Southern California afternoon. Classics including Groovin, A World Without Love, and Never My Love have been re-imagined and interpreted in Spencer’s trademark honey baritone voice. Daybreak reflects Spencer’s roots in the Great American Songbook, with a contemporary, upbeat twist that has become his signature sound.
Early Raves for Daybreak: “Album number five from jazzeteer, Spencer Day, sees him paying homage to the sixties, with an album split evenly between originals and covers. And it’s good.” — the-rocker.co.uk
“Day’s music is simply charming, from top to bottom. Where should we place him? Jazz? Pop? Crooner’s music? Which genre really does not matter.” — keysandchords.com
• Daybreak debuts on Billboard’s charts Jazz Albums #20 and Contemporary Jazz Albums #11
• Debuted at #1 on iTunes jazz chart
• Top 5 most added single (Missing Tonight) on Billboard smooth jazz
For Spencer remaining relevant in the music industry is a constant. He continually examines who he is both as a person and an artist. “I really have come to believe that my job as an artist is to help people access their emotions. My first job is to help people feel something; anything. I want us all to be able to celebrate our shared humanity, regardless of where we come from.” With this energy, Spencer’s latest and fifth album Daybreak, was born. The album is filled with a selection of classic tunes from the 60s in addition to five original songs that he wrote in a style to pay homage to them. “The whole album is really a reflection of where I stand at this moment; more happy than I’ve ever been in my adult life.”
Spencer Day: In the beginning. . . .
Spencer was raised in the small town of Pinetop, Arizona by his mother, an accomplished music teacher and soprano vocalist. Her talent and love of music encouraged and influenced him to become the singer and musician he is today. Spencer found inspiration in the works of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and many others. These artists are the foundation of Spencer’s creative process and continue to influence his writing and performance style.
Over the years, Spencer’s fan base has grown immensely and continues to grow. A clear tipping point was in 2007 when he was asked to perform at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, which led to many requests to headline in a number of music venues including: Yoshi’s in San Francisco and Oakland, the Plush Room, the Great American Music Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl in LA. On the east coast, he has earned rave reviews for performances at Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, and the Canal Room in New York City. He has also headlined internationally in England, Japan, Australia and Mexico.
“I hope to create music that is sophisticated but teeming with raw emotion and fire under the surface. It is in life’s contradictions where the most beautiful things are created.”- Spencer Day