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Jubilant Sykes

  • Baritone

Biography

Jubilant Sykes's unique gifts have taken him from such diverse stages as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and London’s Barbican Centre to the Apollo Theater, Hollywood Bowl, New Orleans Jazz Festival and hundreds of other major venues around the world. His versatility has allowed him to collaborate with a number of leading artists from different musical styles such as the renowned operatic soprano Reneé Fleming in the Mozart Requiem, touring and singing with Julie Andrews, a Boston Pops televised special and tour, appearing as featured soloist on the televised tribute to Brian Wilson from Radio City Music Hall, and with Josh Groban and subsequently Carlos Santana at the Hollywood Bowl.

Certainly none of Jubilant Sykes’ artistic partnerships has been any more special than with the legendary American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. This combination became an international concert favorite, culminating with the release of “Jubilation” for EMI and drew such critical acclimation as “. . . the kind of concert a writer holds a few choice adjectives in special reserve for . . . two astonishing musicians.”

Mr. Sykes also has released two recordings for Sony BMG Masterworks. The first release, “Jubilant,” brought the singer together with jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. His crossover recording, “Wait for Me,” features classic songs by a number of popular composer/entertainers.