Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the 90’s, when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be a special guest on her next tour. The rest, as they say, is history. Not only a consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including a duo record with Ellis Paul. He’s toured with and opened for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, George Carlin, Anita Baker and Paul Reiser. An integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. His compositions, while employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime examples of the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy-nominated children’s album. How rounded is that?
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