Victoria Newton

Effervescent jazz vocalist Victoria Newton has delighted audiences worldwide with her unique combination of energy, spontaneity and musicianship. Her heartwarming vocal delivery and engaging stage presence are summed up by Steve Rubie (owner of London’s 606 Club), when he describes her as having “a fabulous strong clear voice with a great sense of time and an even greater sense of fun!”

'Beautiful phrasing, faultless pitching and great swing throughout' - Peter Quinn, Jazzwise UK

'Deeply into the music, a real jazz singer' - Jazz UK 

Victoria began her musical career in Perth, and whilst studying towards a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in clarinet at the University of Western Australia, she came to the realization that her real passion was jazz. She then went on to study jazz voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she had the most amazing opportunity to support international artists such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Ray Brown and James Moody whilst singing with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra. 

Victoria relocated to the UK in the early 1990s, and became recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic jazz vocalists on the London jazz scene, initially collaborating with Acid-Jazz recording artist Ronny Jordan and supporting Terence Blanchard at the Jazz Cafe in London with her own quartet.

She has appeared at many venues and festivals in many countries including the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, The London International Jazz Festival, The Oxford Literary Festival, The Ealing Jazz Festival, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival in Germany, and Alexis Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur for their International Jazz Series. One of Victoria’s favourite gigs to date has been performing Brazilian songs whilst cruising up the Amazon!

Victoria also experienced international success during the mid 1990s with UK dance/pop group Strike and their massive hit ‘U Sure Do’. The success of this single followed by 4 UK top 40 hits and the critically acclaimed album ‘I Saw the Future’ lead to a whirlwind of TV appearances including MTV and BBC’s Top of the Pops, and touring to many countries around the world. Victoria’s vocal performance on ‘I Saw the Future’ has been described as “outstanding throughout” (Dream Magazine) and her live performances “simply stunning”, with  “staggering vocals” (M8 magazine).

Victoria released her first jazz album ‘The Song is You’ in 2004 which received regular air play in the UK and featured some of the finest British musicians including the internationally acclaimed Gwilym Simcock.

Since relocating to Perth in 2008, Victoria has performed in a variety of musical settings, which include sell out performances of her ‘Watercolours of Brazil’ project, regular appearances at the Ellington Jazz Club, appearances at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Perth International Jazz Festivals, The York Jazz Festival, Fairbridge Festival and Jazz By the Bay. She also sings with the Straight Ahead Big Band, and Paul Gioia’s ‘Across the Tracks’ Gospel and Blues project.

Victoria is also head of the jazz vocal program at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.