Jamila Ford

Jazz/soul singer/songwriter Jamila Ford has garnered attention for her sizable singing chops. Her slight frame belies a bewitchingly powerful yet smooth mezzo-soprano voice that gets your attention and demands a second listen.


Majoring in music with an emphasis in vocal performance, Jamila attended the University of California Riverside, graduating with her BA in 2001. Since then, she has performed around the world as a solo artist and as a backing vocalist, lending her talent to the projects of artists such as Seal, Angelo (Fishbone), Melody Gardot, Spiritualized (Coachella Festival), and Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters). Drawing influences from jazz to R&B to pop, she can give you a history of 50 years of American popular music during one of her sets, with her sultry voice providing the linchpin. 


Jamila released her debut EP, the breezy Traces of the Day, in January of 2001; the funky ‘70s R&B-inspired Fabulous EP in 2003; and her first full-length album, the soulful and revealing Enough (a nominee for Independent Music Awards best Soul/R&B album), in October 2010.


Her latest EP, the critically-acclaimed The Deep End, was released in September 2014. A collection of reinterpreted standards and an original composition. Jamila’s smoky, sophisticated, and self-assured vocals breathe new life into “All Blues,” “Gentle Rain,” “Sugar,” and “Wild Is the Wind.” Her original composition, “Silencio,” is a strutting Latin-jazz tinged ode to the unspoken connection between lovers.  Says Jamila, "I love music and I love to sing. Music is my genuine path in life. It is the best way for me to give of myself to this world. I sacrifice for it in a way that I do for nothing else. I feel most whole and most connected when I’m on stage singing." 


The Deep End was included in the first round of ballots for three GRAMMYs for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best New Artist and Best Engineered Album and earned raves from critics, who hailed her as "...an exquisite song stylist validating an impressive artistic repertoire with economy and style" (CJ Bond, jazmuzic.com) and proclaimed "Ford is ready to take her place among the elite of sophisticated jazz vocalists" (Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics). 


An active member of West Coast Songwriters (WCS), Jamila was awarded Hollywood Songwriter of the Year for her song “Not Exactly Perfect” in 2007. She went on to compete at the grand finals alongside the year’s other regional winners at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA.


Jamila has played to enthusiastic and supportive audiences at L.A.’s Café Cordiale, Room 5, First and Hope Supper Club, Pips, and Genghis Cohen, and is also excited about her recent foray into performing at house concerts, which gives her a chance to connect with her audience on a more intimate level.


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Previous events

Facebook Live: Songs to Inspire

Join me on Facebook live, Sunday, January 17th at 8:00pm. Link: www.facebook.com/jamilaford/live. Donations welcome: Donate here if you feel so moved (optional, of course!) Venmo: @Jamila-Ford-1 or PayPal: jamila (at) jamilaford.com

Deb's Sleepless In Studio City Jazz Vocalist Showcase

Tonight Wednesday 11/04 at 8:00 PM PST!

Use this link to tune in TONIGHT @ 8:00 PM PST via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84885985575

Debs presents A LIVE JAZZ VOCALIST'S SHOWCASE for your listening pleasure in the warm, cozy, comfort, and safety of your own home.

Delight and savor in marvelous magical musical talents** as they lift your spirits, touch your heart, illuminate your soul, inspire your mind, and brighten your night. These skilled singers are all at the top of their game.

Gretje Angell (with Brian Ward), Mary Bogue, Jamila Ford, Tom Francini, Diane Hubka (with Rick Mayock and Wendy Sue Rosloff), Lauren Kinhan, Elisabeth Lohninger, and Ada Bird Wolfe.

All proceeds go directly to the Innocence Project, an amazing organization that finds the necessary DNA evidence to finally free innocent victims who have been falsely accused, wrongly convicted, and unjustly incarcerated for decades. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. If you'd like to donate to the Innocence Project please visit our link: https://innocence-fundraising-ip.funraise.org/.../debra...

Use this link to tune in TONIGHT @ 8:00 PM PST via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84885985575

Jean & the Wonderful Idea Machine: A Growth Mindset Musical

https://www.thewonderfulideamachine.com/, Anywhere In The World

The World’s First Zoom Children’s Musical to help raise funds for at-risk-kids without computer access for distance learning is coming up soon! … The Jean & The Wonderful Idea Machine: Growth Mindset Musical on Zoom! It premiers on Saturday, Sept.19th and you can watch in from the comfort of your own home! All you need is an internet connection and a device (phone, tablet or computer) to watch this musical on Zoom video conference. Other Zoom musical performance dates are SUN SEP 20, SAT SEP 26 and SUN SEP 27, 2020. Growth mindset is a concept coined and studied by Stanford University psychologist Carolyn Dweck , Ph.D. that refers to a person’s belief in his or her own ability to learn and develop skills, regardless of natural ability, through determination and hard work. This online musical play is about believing in your dreams and making them come true. Your attendance makes a difference! 80% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to DonorsChoose - to help lower-income students get digital devices for distance learning and beyond.Thank you in advance for your support - you ROCK! See you on the online shows! 🙂 Get your tickets here: https://www.thewonderfulideamachine.com/



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