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STACI GRIESBACH (Long-form artist bio)

Staci Griesbach  (pronounced "STAY-cee GREECE bahk" / "Greece" "Bach") is a Los Angeles-based vocalist bringing together a passion for jazz and country music as she specializes in reimagining the Great American Songbook of Country Music in the style of jazz.

Rolling Stone lauded Griesbach’s first single “Walkin’ After Midnight” off her 2019 debut album My Patsy Cline Songbook as “a gorgeous jazz interpretation.”  Her debut album features songs Patsy Cline made famous by some of Nashville’s most reknown songwriters such as Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and more, contributed greatly to building the Nashville Sound catalog; arguably in the same way Irving Berlin and Cole Porter contributed to the foundation of the traditional jazz standards.  Similarly, Griesbach points out that Patsy Cline has arguably shaped and influenced nearly every female country singer today, much as Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday has in the jazz landscape.  My Patsy Cline Songbook features 15 popular Cline classics reimagined including “She’s Got You,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Walkin’ After Midnight” and marks the first-ever, full-length Patsy Cline tribute album presented in a jazz and contemporary style.  In the ultimate of compliments, Amos Perrine at No Depression magazine called the release “an album worthy of being added to the Great American Songbook.” 


Griesbach’s sophomore album celebrated the 25th anniversary of Shania Twain’s The Woman In Me, which was a true “coming of age” album for Griesbach growing up in rural Wisconsin.  Rick Moore of American Songwriter commented, “In what would be difficult for most singers, Staci Griesbach somehow manages to combine the swing of Ella and Dinah with the country playfulness that Shania brought to these songs a quarter-century ago.”  Released in 2020, My Shania Twain Songbook features collaborations with top jazz composers and arrangers as well as top musicians including Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), Michael O. Mitchell (Leslie Odom Jr.), Grammy winner Otmaro Ruiz (Diane Reeves), Rahsaan Barber (Kelly Clarkson) and Stuart Duncan (Diana Krall, Goat Rodeo).

Griesbach’s most recent release is her signature series of SONGBOOK SINGLES™ honoring the great composers, songwriters and artists of the 20th Century.  Launched in 2021, Griesbach’s new series will include songs ranging from the classic Great American Songbook to popular songs spanning genres from jazz and country music to musical theatre to rock and roll.   The collection launched with two celebrated hits from the stage and silver screen including Academy Award-nominated 1951 Best Original Song “A Kiss To Build A Dream On” and “Moon River,” which took home the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1961 as well as the Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Raised on a working farm raising dairy replacement heifers in rural Wisconsin, Staci grew up studying piano, alto saxophone and voice throughout her childhood and started swinging into jazz through performing groups in her formative years, of which included playing alto saxophone in the high school jazz band.

Staci developed a love for musical theatre as well, taking on lead roles in her school’s musical theater program and performing as a singer/dancer in the Wisconsin Singers, a Broadway revue-style show for several years while enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

 

​Staci started honing in on jazz studies with the Santa Monica College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and private studies with some of the jazz community’s finest teachers including Michele Weir, Tierney Sutton, Dave Stroud and Jeremy Siskind.   In 2015, Staci started gigging locally in Los Angeles with a trio, and quickly realized she wanted to create a unique project where she could connect with audiences in an authentic way.  While thinking about a recording, Staci wanted something authentic that she could perform and share with audiences, so she went back to her roots in Classic Country music.  By the fall of 2015, Staci started working on arrangements with Michele Weir, studying with Brazilian artist and arranger Celia Vaz in Rio De Janeiro in February of 2016.

In 2017, Staci took a break from the Patsy Cline tribute project to launch a You Tube series called "Staci Sings Ella," (#StaciSingsElla) celebrating the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald by singing 100 songs in 100 days for 100 years to commemorate the First Lady of Song's centennial in April of 2017.  The three-month venture resulted in a benefit concert raising money for the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation.

Staci has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Birdland, Catalina Jazz Club, Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, Rudy’s Jazz Club, and more.  She holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a music performance certificate at Berklee Online. For nearly 15 years, Staci worked in marketing for the entertainment business at Sony Pictures Entertainment and still very much enjoys sitting back and watching a good movie -- especially with a good soundtrack.

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About Staci Griesbach
Staci Griesbach is a Los Angeles-based vocalist specializing in reimagining the Great American Songbook of Country Music in the style of Jazz. Griesbach just released her sophomore album called My Shania Twain Songbook, a tribute to the iconic pop-country singer-songwriter’s breakout album The Woman In Me.  Griesbach’s praised debut album in 2019, My Patsy Cline Songbook, garnered performances at iconic venues including Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Catalina Jazz Club.  In 2021, Griesbach launched Songbook Singles™, a signature line of music honoring the classic Great American Songbook standards and 20th century composers, songwriters and artists.  For more, please visit www.StaciGriesbach.com.

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PRESS

NEWS

2021

Vocalist Staci Griesbach Launches SONGBOOK SINGLES On June 11

2020

Top 5 Albums of the Week: My Shania Twain Songbook (No Depression)

 

Shania Twain Inspires New Jazz Album — Staci Griesbach Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of The Woman In Me With My Shania Twain Songbook Jazz Album, Out Today

 

LA Vocalist Staci Griesbach and A-List Players Give Shania the Jazz Treatment (American Songwriter)

 

Staci Griesbach Celebrates Country Music Icon Shania Twain with ‘My Shania Twain Songbook’ (Medium’s Pop Off)

 

Song of the Day: Staci Griesbach – “No One Needs To Know” (JAZZIZ Magazine)

 

New Heroes, New Roots Give Artists Solid Ground to Grow (No Depression)

 

My Shania Twain Songbook Jazz Album Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of The Woman In Me; Staci Griesbach Celebrates Country Music Icon Shania Twain with New Jazz Tribute Coming December 18th, 2020

2019

 

Hortonville Native Jazz Singer Bringing 'My Patsy Cline Songbook' To The Fox Cities (Post Crescent)

 

The Week In Jazz (JAZZIZ)

 

Hortonville Vocalist Set To Perform Debut Album In Appleton (WBAY)

 

New Music Monday (JAZZIZ)

 

Staci Griesbach Jazzes Patsy Cline Songbook (Downbeat)

 

Former Sony Pictures Publicity VP Forges New Career as Jazz Vocalist (Variety)

 

Staci Griesbach Featured In Ken Burns Spotlight (Christian Science Monitor)

 

Staci Griesbach Performs On Good Day Sacramento

 

Song Premiere: Staci Griesbach, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (The Bluegrass Situation)

 

Through The Lens: Kelsey Waldon, Staci Griesbach, And Other Upcoming Roots Music Releases (No Depression)

 

Jazz Tribute To Patsy Cline A Unique Dream Project For Singer Staci Griesbach (Spectrum News)

 

Debut Album My Patsy Cline Songbook From Vocalist Staci Griesbach Releases Today, August 23

 

Patsy Cline Would Have Listened to This “Sweet Dreams” Jazz Tribute (CMT)

 

The Working Singer Podcast: Spotlight On Staci Griesbach

 

The Miraculous Transformation of Staci Griesbach (Thrive Global)

 

10 Best Country & Americana Songs to Hear Now: Staci, Griesbach, Miranda Lambert, And Robert Ellis (Rolling Stone)

 

Staci Griesbach Debuts My Patsy Cline Songbook - Rediscover Patsy With The First-Ever, Full-Length Jazz Tribute Dedicated To One Of Country Music’s Original Female Trailblazers

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