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Kurt Elling is an accomplished jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist hailing from Chicago, Illinois who has been enthralling audiences with his smooth baritone vocal stylings since his youth. Elling grew up in a musical household, and from a young age he was involved in choirs and learning how to play various instruments. It wasn't until he was attending Gustavus Adolphus College that he was introduced to jazz music; however, he rapidly took to the style. After completing his years at Gustavus Adolphus Elling attended the University of Chicago Divinity School for a gradute degree; however, he left school one credit short of graduation to pursue his career as a jazz singer. The musician honed his talents on small stages across Chicago where he became renowned for his scatting and improvised lyrics. In 1995 Kurt Elling recorded his first demo, which led to a recording contract with Blue Note. Later that year Close Your Eyes was released, and five addition albums came from Elling's collaboration with Blue Note. In 2006 Elling made the move to Concord Records where he has released music from since. In 2011 Elling released The Gate, one of his best-received albums to date. He has also released a live album from a performance in Chicago and has collaborated with Bob Sheppard, Billy Corgan, George Freedom, and other fellow jazz performers. Between 1995 and 2013 Kurt Elling was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, and he received an award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2009 for his release Dedicated To You. In 2013 he won the accolade of International Jazz Artist of the Year from the UK Jazz FM Awards. He has also received the Prix Billie Holiday from the Academie du Jazz for his contributions to the jazz community.