Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. Thrilling audiences all over the world, Freelon continues her international reach bringing attention to two of her passions – the art of jazz and the importance of education. Freelon’s performances for the legendary Julie Andrews at the Society of Singers’ “Ella Awards,” Variety’s The Children’s Charity, Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, a headline spot for ActionAID, the International AIDS fundraiser with Sir Elton John, and Andrea Bocelli, as well as at the most famous jazz festivals around the globe, have all been rousing successes. A tireless advocate for the arts, and known for her dedication to education and children of all ages, Freelon has been recognized often – YWCA of North Carolina’s 2011 inaugural “Legend Award” for her outstanding artistry and dedication to education, 2010 “Woman of Substance” by Bennett College for Woman, the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame for her artistry, the Eubie Blake Award, Academy of Jazz of France Award, and many more. For anyone who has heard and seen Freelon sing knows she is a skillful interpreter of even the most familiar chestnuts. Says Freelon, “We continue to evolve—I’ve grown a lot, both musically and spiritually, on this journey. It’s great to see all the awards and career milestones building up,” she admits, “but it’s even nicer to realize people are coming to the shows and saying, ‘I saw you back in ’95!’ I’ve made a lot of friends on the road.”
An accomplished singer, composer, producer, and arranger (as well as budding actress), one thing is certain—Nnenna Freelon is a true original!