Swing, blues &
all that jazz
Kerri Layton is a singer-songwriter, bandleader, jazz vocalist, and creative entrepreneur. In 2018 she was a finalist in the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, for her original composition 'Lady of The Dead'.
Kerri has worked as a vocalist with various record labels such as Awesome Records and NYC label, Leesta Vall. Kerri performs with multiple bands, touring Europe and performing at Glastonbury Festival, Alexandra Palace, Hackney Empire, and more. Kerri has featured on BBC Radio 4, Alb TV, and ITV and lives and performs in the UK, where she runs her agency Dixiebird Records and her coaching business for artists.
Launching onto the stages of the UK and Europes cabaret scene in 2012 with her one gal show, Lady Layton, Kerri quickly became a sought-after entertainer on the North West music circuit. Taking her first lead role as vocalist and guitarist in both Banner Theatre's production of ‘The Future Makers’ and the punk rock disco-funk band, Doughnut. Recording 2 EPs's an album and completing 4 tours in the same year, the stage was well and truly set.
Since then, this ‘enigmatic live performer’ (C Powered Ents) and a ‘stunning live vocalist’ (BBC) has become renowned for her cheeky personality and smooth, silky vocals, sharing stages with the likes of Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) and singing for audiences at Alexandra Palace, Hackney Empire, The Savoy as well as growing list of private celebrity clients, hosting residencies across the city of London.
Skillfully fusing folk, blues, soul, and jazz into her performances, ‘ a million dollars at any years prices’ ( The Stage) Kerri’s unique voice and sound has featured on various releases with artists such as Fabio and Dohnut.
In 2018 Kerri was a finalist in the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, for her original composition and studio recording ‘Lady of The Dead'. Other releases such as ‘Blue Angel’ and ‘Black Star Shine; recorded for Leesta Vall in NYC as part of their Shut-In Sessions, plus TV appearances for National Albanian TV, (ALB TV) and ‘Sunshine Studio’, in California.
Kerri has developed a range of Vintage Hollywood-inspired jazz bands under her label and agency Dixiebird Records and is endorsed by clothing labels such as Collectif Clothing.
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Love Letters from Fans & Bookers!
"The velvet of Deitrich, the silk of Diana Ross, the exposed nerve of Bessie Smith, the gravel of
Billie Holiday, the lungs of Grace Slick and the soul of her own very special sound"
"A rising star in the blues heaven’
MAX HAYMES, BLUES HISTORIAN
“We love to book Kerri for our events because she’s enthusiastic, reliable and of course very talented!” Sue Popper, Joogleberry Agency
"A million dollars at any years prices'
Dixiebird Records LTD
Kerri Layton is the founder and lead agent at Dixiebird Records LTD, Neo-Vintage Jazz & Swing Boutique & Bespoke Record Label for National & International Weddings and Events
The Beverley Big Band
Kerri is proud to be singing with The Beverley Big Band, Kent's leading swing dance band, and will be making a number of guest appearances throughout 2022, including:
Broadstairs Bandstand - May 15th
' Salute To The Forties' Chatham Dockyard September 10th
Pin-Up Jazz & Swing Duo! The first Lady of Baritone, Lottie B and Vocal Priestess Kerri Layton come together in this rip-roaring, swing, blues, rock n' roll and jive DUO. Creating all the sounds of the Hollywood Big Band Era, with just the two of them. Available for corporate and private event bookings worldwide as well as jazz festivals and public shows.
Book Kerri for your event!
You can book Kerri for your event, festival or private party as a solo jazz singer, a duo, trio or a quartet.
Hiring Kerri as a solo jazz singer for your wedding, event or celebration is the easiest way to add atmosphere and sass to your event, larger line-ups require more information, but Kerri's event team will be happy to help you pick the right show perfect for you!