Verona Chard dived into singing jazz after she recorded ‘Jail Break’ on ‘Sad Sweet Songs and Crazy Rhythms’ CD with Humphrey Lyttleton.
Her album ‘Fever’ received rave reviews:
“Sings with style and pizzazz” – Rob Adams
“Captivating voice…undeniable vocal talents…made for jazz. You hear emotion and vulnerability…really portrays Chard as an impeccable vocalist.” – Entertainment Focus
‘Imaginative enterprise well realised. ‘cool boy’ erupts in a melismatic tornado unlike anything in the standard jazz vocal lexicon. Alan Barnes and Dave Green lending top-flight distinction to an ambitious debut.’ Jazz Journal
“A cut above many of the current crop of chantelles…takes chances and they work beautifully – Verona’s own take enabling her to proudly hold her head up high.” – Lance Liddle – bebop-spoken-here
“Absolute musical gem…oozes class. Her vocal range at times is reminiscent of Cleo Laine at her peak. Verona has a vocal purity and range that is very much her own style and she is blessed with a voice which tells a story musically. A rare singer where the lyrics are crystal clear.” – Chris Hare – Encore
“Highly talented” – Evening Standard
“The music was excellent, Verona’s lovely voice worked especially well in the Jazz Bar where the sheer proximity of the musical instruments emphasises the excitement and energy of live jazz”
– Three Weeks
“Fine singer and renowned tutor” – Time Out
“I saw a gig at the 606 Club with Verona Chard – great night out.”
– Jazz FM
Studied at Trinity Laban and Royal Academy of Music.