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Thisbe Vos grew up in a small town near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Dutch-born singer started her career at an early age on the harp, it wasn't long after that she branched out and developed into musical theater. At seventeen, after graduating from grammar school where she studied Greek and Latin, she joined British swing band The Jive Aces and toured with them for several years, working both as a singer and as a promoter of the band. The group toured extensively across Europe, Canada and the United States. With the band, she performed at clubs, music festivals, radio and TV shows in over 30 cities in Europe and America, including the Hollywood Palladium, the Derby in Los Angeles, the Supper Club in New York and the Chevy Chase Ballroom in Washington, DC.

Vos recalls, “I was the girl singer in the band, and did Louis Prima/Keely Smith type of duets with the lead singer, and also some ballads on my own. During one particular tour of the United States, we did about 3 events a day, including clubs, regional and local radio and TV appearances and also some national radio interviews.” Vos was an instant success with listeners and fans - thanks to her striking voice and presence, everyone that heard her instantly loved her performances. It was during this touring that she first started to write songs. “Pordenone” (included in her 2011 album Sophistication) was her first jazz composition, and was written on a train ride from Pordenone, Italy, to Switzerland. “When I Come To You”, a subsequent original, was written in a hotel room in Madrid. Many were to follow.

She moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to find musicians with whom she could record a solo album in the style of traditional jazz. The plan was to feature both classic jazz standards and original songs she had been working on over the years. Vos states, “I moved to Southern California, where I met bass player Henry Franklin (Grazing in the Grass – Hugh Masekela, Secret Life of Plants – Stevie Wonder). He helped me find the personnel and studio for the recording of my first album Sophistication (released 16 Sept 2011).” The musicians Vos records with are venerable artists, and include Donald Dean (Swiss Movement - Les McCann, Eddie Harris) and trumpet player Nolan Shaheed (whose credits include working with Marvin Gaye, Natalie Cole, and the Count Basie Orchestra); Sophistication featured six standards and six originals. “House of Make Believe” and “I Am All Right” were penned in Los Angeles between the first and second recording sessions.

Vos is a prolific songwriter, saying that, “as a songwriter, my influences are the songs of Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers and Cole Porter amongst others.” Her new release, Under Your Spell, contains seven glowing originals with lyrics focusing on romance - which Vos conveys with complete conviction and believable integrity of delivery. As a singer, she reveals that her phrasing of the melody is derived from some of her favorite influences: Julie London, Keely Smith, Peggy Lee and even contemporary Norah Jones. However, Vos states, “Ella Fitzgerald is my absolute favorite. There is no one like her.”

Having built a solid online fanbase through her first release, Vos crowdfunded the recording of “Under Your Spell”. The album was subsequently recorded in July 2012, using largely the same personnel, with some additions. “My new album features a slightly larger ensemble backing me,” says the well-spoken Southern California resident. “I also decided to explore a wider array of styles within the vocal jazz genre than on the previous album, while still going for a very traditional feel overall.” Travel continued to be an important part of her inspirations, with the album featuring several original songs sparked by places she visited - including opening track “Shanghai Blues” and the French gypsy jazz influenced “Rue de la Huchette”. The album was well-received in the jazz community and was played in rotation on over 230 jazz stations in the US & Canada.

Vos plans to continue contributing to the jazz repertoire through original songs in the style of traditional vocal jazz while also honoring the existing standards.