BIO / english

On her new album „Good Old Times“ (Lucky Mojo Records), SIMONE KOPMAJER transforms old favourites, clothing pop of the past in a fresh new sound. And she does it in a truly wonderful way…

Talking about Simone Kopmajer means talking about one of the most internationally successful contemporary jazz musicians from Austria. Not many in her métier can claim to have played concerts across the planet. There aren’t many stages in Europe the 15-year veteran from Styria hasn’t stood upon. Her expressive and sensitive voice has graced 11 albums and she performed for a loyal fanbase on tours in the US, Japan and Southeast Asia.


Simone Kopmajer and her band (Jean-Paul Bourelly on guitar, Paul Urbanek on keys, Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass, Reinhardt Winkler on drums and Margarete Deppe on cello) take us on a tour of recent musical history. Her new album “Good Old Times” features jazz and pop classics from the 20th century. Songs that influenced the artist during her childhood in the 80’s and 90’s. Songs like Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately”, Neil Youngs “Heart of Gold”, and the Bee Gees “First of May” show where Simone Kopmajer is coming from and where her musical roots lie.

The really beautiful thing about these covers is that the musicians maintain their freedom and avoid a simple reproduction of the originals. Indeed, the singer and her crew manage to add their own influence to these classics, one that, due to the stylistic breadth of the numbers from pop to jazz and soul, is remarkably diverse. The songs are given a new charm, an elegant and smooth new sound that embraces and enfolds them. Sometimes that happens in a fleet-footed, ecstatic way; sometimes with a hint of melancholy.
There are no boundaries to the expression on “Good Old Times”. Simone Kopmajer has once again delivered on the promise of her talent. “Good Old Times” invites the listener to simply lay back and enjoy the moment. It is a lot of fun to enjoy old favourites in a new sound, interpretation and presentation. Highly recommended.

Michael Ternai (translated by Dave Dempsey)



She has soul and a particular charismatic tone in her voice that gives each song that special something. Born in Schladming, Austria, Simone Kopmajer already achieved at a young age what many musicians, bands and ensembles dream of – the launch of a successful international career. In the United States, Japan and Southeast Asia, the singer is a household name for lovers of demanding and refined jazz music. She fills large concert halls, performs as the headliner of major international festivals and has sold thousands of CDs worldwide. Lo and behold, it seems as if only Austria is not quite aware of this outstanding and award winning singer.

In a time where everyone is complaining about declining CD sales, Simone Kopmajer managed the feat of selling more than 30,000 units of her album “Nothing’s Gonna Change” in Thailand last year. Not only is this a very impressive figure, in Thailand her release was also on the topof the list of the best-selling jazz albums of the year. Similarly impressive are the sales figures in Japan, where the Styrian-born musician made her breakthrough at an even earlier stage.

Her enthusiasm and love for music already kindled at a very early age. She began to sing at eight, with twelve she sang in the band of her father, who was a music school director and a big jazz fan, and at sixteen she was accepted at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, where she was immediately admitted due to her rare talent. During her studies, she was given the opportunity to work with many renowned artists such as Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Michele Hendricks, Jay Clayton and the New York Voices.

In the year 2000 she debuted in the U.S. and left a lasting impression among quite a few experts and connoisseurs of contemporary jazz music. Simone Kopmajer’s role models were the great voices of jazz and American show business, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Jon Hendricks, although over time the Styrian-born detached herself more and more from these influences to findher own musical language.

With her charisma and unbelievable talent, Simone Kopmajer manages to give her songs a very specific emotional, charming and in-depth note, which simply touches the people. Her sound is located somewhere between jazz, swing and tasteful pop. Although her music is very relaxed, flowing and elegant, it is also very playful and varied – these multilayered facets distinguished her early off from similar formats and made her music all the more interesting.

With her debut album “Moonlight Serenade”, which was released in 2004 and produced by Todd Barkan, the award winning singer was able to land respectable successes, especially in Japan. As a consequence, the singer was able to steadily increase her popularity from one album to the next. Unfortunately her albums were not available in Austria for a very long time. In 2009 her album “Didn’t You Say”, recorded in collaboration with stars such as George Mraz, Houston Person, Victor Lewis and James Genus , finally also opened the gates to the domestic market.

The probably largest success of Simone Kopmajer’s carreer was with her fifth album “Nothing’s Gonna Change” in 2011, which, as already mentioned, made her a celebrated star in new realms such as Thailand.

It is safe to say that Simone Kopmajer is on her way to the very top. With the ability to constantly raise her musicto the next level, we may assume that there is yet a lot more to come and it will be excitingto see where the journey will still take this exceptional singer.
(Michael Ternai)


Twenty-something Austrian singer Simone Kopmajer has toured Europe, Asia and also spends a couple of weeks annually in the U.S.  She's dynamite!  She's played and recorded with such names as Houston Person, George Mraz, Victor Lewis, James Genus and Eric Alexander. – Florida Today (USA) 8/2010

This week "Didn´t You Say" is on the BILLBOARD CHARTS in Japan 

                                                                          „Simone Kopmajer possesses a voice of incredible depth. Her approach to a song is understated sincerity.“   Jazz Review (USA) 

 „...with this lineup, presumptions must have been high, and Kopmajer does not disappoint. She posses that unique ability to exhibit her own approach while remaining true to the tradition....This set is heartily recommended for those interested in excellent jazz vocals, rooted in the past while learning toward the future.“ –Jazz Improv Magazine (USA)


„There´s no denying that the cloud-soft Kopmajer is a breath of fresh air, and it will be intriguing to hear which way her gentle breeze blows next  - Jazztimes (USA)



BIO / deutsch

Ein Album, auf dem der Pop der vergangenen Tage in einem neuen Klanggewand zum Erklingen gebracht wird. Die Sängerin SIMONE KOPMAJER verwandelt auf ihrem neuen Album „Good Old Times“ (Lucky Mojo Records) gemeinsam mit ihrer Band Altbekanntes in Neues, und das auf eine wirklich wundervolle Weise.

Spricht man von Simone Kopmajer, so spricht man gleichzeitig von einer der international erfolgreichsten österreichischen Jazz-Interpretinnen der Gegenwart. Nicht viele in ihrem Metier können von sich behaupten, konzerttechnisch bereits fast die ganze Welt bereist zu haben. Es gibt in Europa wohl nur wenige Jazzbühnen, auf denen die aus der Steiermark stammende Sängerin – die in ihrer mittlerweile 15 Jahre andauernden Karriere sage und schreibe elf eigene Alben veröffentlich hat – noch nicht gestanden ist. Darüber hinaus tourte die Künstlerin mit der ausdrucksstarken und feinfühligen Soulstimme auch eifrig und viel durch die USA, durch Japan und auch durch Südostasien, wo sie sich über die Jahre eine große und treue Fangemeinde erspielen konnte.


Auf ihrem neuen Album „Good Old Times“ begibt sich Simone Kopmajer auf eine Zeitreise durch die jüngere Musikgeschichte, auf der sie sich gemeinsam mit ihrer mit Jean-Paul Bourelly (Gitarre), Paul Urbanek (Piano, Keyboards), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Bass), Reinhardt Winkler (Schlagzeug) und Margarete Deppe (Cello) hochklassig besetzten Band auf spannungsgeladene Art durch einige der großen Jazz- und Popklassiker und Hits des letzten Jahrhunderts singt und spielt. Es sind genau solche Nummern, mit denen die 1981 in Schladming geborene Künstlerin aufgewachsen ist und die sie maßgeblich geprägt haben. Nummern wie Van Morrisons „Have I told you lately“, Neil Youngs „Heart of Gold“ oder Bee Gees‘ „First of May“ zeigen auf schöne Weise, woher Simone Kopmajer eigentlich kommt und wo sie ihre musikalischen Wurzeln hat.

Das wirklich Schöne an den Covers ist, dass sich die Beteiligten ihre Freiräume bewahren und es vermeiden, sich allzu stur an den Originalen abzuarbeiten. Genau das Gegenteil ist der Fall. Der Sängerin und ihrer Truppe gelingt es in ihren Bearbeitungen auf wirklich wunderbare Weise, eine eigene Note in die ganze Geschichte hineinzubringen, eine, die aufgrund der stilistischen Breite von Pop über Jazz bis hin zum Soul eine bemerkenswerte musikalische Vielfalt entwickelt. Die Songs gewinnen so neuen Charme, sie erklingen mit einem neuen smoothen Gefühl, das sanft umgarnt, berührt und mit elegantem Klang stimmungsvoll verführt. Mal passiert dies auf leichtfüßige, verzückte Weise, mal auf eine melancholisch angehauchte – dem Ausdruck sind auf „Good Old Times“ keine Grenzen gesetzt.

Simone Kopmajer weiß mit ihrem neuen Album einmal mehr in hohem Maße zu überzeugen. „Good Old Times“ lädt ein, sich einfach zurückzulehnen und den Moment zu genießen. Es macht großen Spaß, die Klassiker der alten Tage in einem neuen, originellen Klanggewand zu hören und sie etwas anders interpretiert präsentiert zu bekommen. Wirklich empfehlenswert.

Michael Ternai



 “To the list of young ones to watch we’ll add Simone Kopmajer.  Write it down…she’s going to be around for a long time.” – Doug Boynton ( US) 2009


„Simone Kopmajer is the genuine article, a real beauty inside and out, She sings and swings with a lot of grace and remarkable clarity, and she is gonna be heard from...“--Mark Murphy_________________________________________________________________________________________

„...a great young talent.“  - Ira Sullivan, jazz legend

„....I hear a lot of beautiful soul in her voice and music.“  - Todd Barkan, Jazz at Lincon Center