Gradie Stone


Gradie Stone, a true musician’s singer, comes from a real musician’s family. Her dad, Kirby Stone, led the very popular Kirby Stone Four through the fifties and sixties. Their gold selling 1957 hit, “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” was nominated for a Grammy and propelled them onto the national stage. The Ed Sullivan Show and all the clubs from New York to Las Vegas were regular stops for this Columbia Records recording act. Gradie’s’ mom Julie was a singer with the vocal group “The Demarco Sisters”, and handed Gradie a microphone as soon as she could speak. It shows.
Gradie grew up in both New Jersey and Las Vegas. She attended William Paterson University in New Jersey and was a vocal major in the jazz studies program led by Thad Jones. Following school, she hit the road with various groups and artists, and toured the country opening for the likes of Lou Rawls, Rodney Dangerfield and Frank Sinatra Jr. Upon returning to New Jersey, Gradie joined an R&B/jazz group and worked steadily in the Atlantic City, New York and Philadelphia areas. It was while working these gigs that she was heard by saxophonist George Young, who installed her as the singer with his “All Star” jazz band.
Gradie returned to north Jersey in the early nineties and devoted herself exclusively to jazz singing. In 1997 Gradie released her first recording, “After All These Years” on Niki Records. The CD, heard on over one hundred and twenty two radio stations, spent sixteen weeks on the Gavin charts. The CD was a success on all fronts, musically, critically and commercially. Another recording was planned, but as so often happens, life intruded. Although she continued to work, family obligations made recording impossible. Now, finally, seven years after her first recording, Gradie and Niki Records are happy to release her second CD, “Gradie Stone Live!” Recorded in one night at a beautiful theater in Paterson NJ, the CD showcases the relaxed spontaneity, swinging feel and soulful interpretation of one of the jazz world’s best singers. Now getting ready to go back on the road, Gradie will be bringing her special talent to venues all over the country. Gradie Stone bio.

Gradie Stone, a true musician’s singer, comes from a real musician’s family. Her dad, Kirby Stone, led the very popular Kirby Stone Four through the fifties and sixties. Their gold selling 1957 hit, “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” was nominated for a Grammy and propelled them onto the national stage. The Ed Sullivan Show and all the clubs from New York to Las Vegas were regular stops for this Columbia Records recording act. Gradie’s’ mom Julie was a singer with the vocal group “The Demarco Sisters”, and handed Gradie a microphone as soon as she could speak. It shows.
Gradie grew up in both New Jersey and Las Vegas. She attended William Paterson University in New Jersey and was a vocal major in the jazz studies program led by Thad Jones. Following school, she hit the road with various groups and artists, and toured the country opening for the likes of Lou Rawls, Rodney Dangerfield and Frank Sinatra Jr. Upon returning to New Jersey, Gradie joined an R&B/jazz group and worked steadily in the Atlantic City, New York and Philadelphia areas. It was while working these gigs that she was heard by saxophonist George Young, who installed her as the singer with his “All Star” jazz band.
Gradie returned to north Jersey in the early nineties and devoted herself exclusively to jazz singing. In 1997 Gradie released her first recording, “After All These Years” on Niki Records. The CD, heard on over one hundred and twenty two radio stations, spent sixteen weeks on the Gavin charts. The CD was a success on all fronts, musically, critically and commercially. Another recording was planned, but as so often happens, life intruded. Although she continued to work, family obligations made recording impossible. Now, finally, seven years after her first recording, Gradie and Niki Records are happy to release her second CD, “Gradie Stone Live!” Recorded in one night at a beautiful theater in Paterson NJ, the CD showcases the relaxed spontaneity, swinging feel and soulful interpretation of one of the jazz world’s best singers. Now getting ready to go back on the road, Gradie will be bringing her special talent to venues all over the country.