Tierney Sutton has had a long relationship with music, but she didn’t discover jazz until she was 20.
During her time at Wesleyan University, she became fascinated with artists like Bill Evans and Miles Davis.
“I fell in love with the beautiful harmonies and melodies of jazz,” she said. “Something in jazz was sad and complicated and beautiful and joyful, all at the same time.”
Sutton, a six-time Grammy nominee, will bring those emotions to the stage when she performs during the Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz concert Feb. 14.
Performing has become a meditative experience that Sutton enjoys sharing with her audience.
“I hope the atmosphere is devotional,” she said of her shows.
By the end of her set, Sutton said listeners should feel more centered, joyful and fulfilled.
“I hope what we do takes them away, entirely, from their worries and brings them into the present moment,” she said.
Sutton, who headlined the Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz event five years ago, said she’s looking forward to coming back to Pinehurst.
“It’s really special to be back in North Carolina,” she said, noting her mother grew up in the Old North State. “Pinehurst is spectacularly gorgeous, of course, and the festival is always wonderful.”
The Buck Creek Jazz Band will kick off the concert at 8 p.m.