Raul Saavedra of Caracas, Venezuela marvels at her "wonderfully puzzling voice, crystalline and beautiful." Roxy Carmichael Hart of Fremont, Calif., calls Naylor's singing "spellbinding" and described the vocalist's onstage demeanor as "amiable and humble."
A typical Naylor performance includes about half original compositions, a quarter smashes and a quarter standards. Three show-stoppers, according to Carmichael-Hart, are a cover of Pink Floyd's "Money," Carole King's "So Far Away" and "I'm a Mean and Evil Woman."
Naylor herself finds audiences responding positively to "My Funny Valentine" as smashed with AC/DC's "Back in Black."
The Village Voice praised Naylor's "sumptuous voice, knack for scratchiness, and ability to sweeten those bluesy bent notes with dramatized cabaret flavors."
Though she's occasionally compared to singers such as Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson and June Christy, but with her original songs and her acoustic smashes, Naylor's clearly evolving a singular, distinctive sound.
National Public Radio commented, "Jacqui Naylor has brought new twists to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes -- without high-tech assistance."
As for herself, the veteran chanteuse appears ready and willing to smash the stereotypes about girl singers, jazz and the record biz.
"As an artist, I'm beginning to understand who I am and what I have to contribute," Naylor said. "As a Buddhist and human being, I believe that we all have the capacity to make a difference with our hearts and our actions. And as a businessperson, I am committed to melding the inside with the outside, bringing people's talents together to create and distribute music in a new way."
Naylor and her band are now touring the East Coast and before heading back West in February and to Germany in March.