Best Crooner - 2005
Utah-born singer/songwriter Spencer Day packs fans into any joint where he's tickling the keys, and not just because of his boyish good looks. What makes the twentysomething's vocal stylings special is Day's lack of affected cool, that Frank Sinatra/hepcat shtick that so many other male vocalists feel the need to mimic when singing selections from the American songbook. Whether he's covering Billie Holiday or the Beatles, crooning his original works or merely improvising, Day pulls together shows that are memorable for their tight sets (performed with his awesome backing band). Neatly straddling the line between cabaret artist and jazz musician, he comes off not as musical theater, but as an original.