"Jubilant, thanks for giving your gift to the world!" – US President, Barack Obama
“Most remarkable of all was Jubilant Sykes…whose realization was utterly compelling, both for its athletic grace and vocal appeal. Sykes has the necessary power and smooth delivery to ride the big operatic moments as well as the ability to scale the tone down to convey the easy charm. … Sykes seemed willing to risk everything to make a musical-dramatic point – a crucial quality in performing a remarkably risky work that asks for nothing less.” – Musical America
“Sykes’ approach to the role, vocally and theatrically, was a revelation. He produced a symphony of tone colors and inflections, digging deeply into the character…” – The Baltimore Sun
“Jubilant Sykes voice is extraordinary. He isn’t merely an outstanding singer, his voice is art at its highest expression.” – Atlanta Journal & Constitution
“And they all cooperatively allowed the evening to be stolen by Jubilant Sykes who endowed the role…with the abashed charm and vocal lushness of a young Parsifal.” – The Village Voice
“Baritone Jubilant Sykes…stole the show…strutting and twirling across the stage…with full-throated ardor, rhythmic looseness and inspired gestures…” – Detroit Free Press
“Sykes is a distinctive (and wonderfully uncategorizable) singer by any standard. His voice is rich and beautifully controlled, with a molten bottom and shimmering top, the articulation razor-sharp…” – Washington Post
“. . . Sykes is authentically passionate and vocally enthralling, masterfully fusing his classical, jazz and gospel backgrounds . . . a compelling, almost shamanistic power I’ve not heard elsewhere . . .” – Opera News
“The rafters rang…every note, every rest bore his imprint….Sykes is a charismatic baritone of multifarious resources, a powerful and welcome presence in Bach and Mozart.”
– Los Angeles Times
“…Jubilant Sykes…more vocal muscle than anyone else on the stage…”
– New York Times
“Sykes…acquitted himself with the bold charisma and confidence, with the theatrical flair that made him a smash on the Met stage…” – South Bend Tribune
Perhaps no vocalist of our time possesses a more exquisitely versatile instrument than the Grammy nominated Baritone Jubilant Sykes. Mr. Sykes brings a new dimension to the traditional career of the classically trained vocalist by drawing on gospel and jazz influences to deliver performances in differing musical genres that often leave audiences and critics searching for new superlatives.
His unique gifts have taken him from such diverse stages as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and London’s Barbican Centre to the Apollo Theater, Hollywood Bowl, New Orleans Jazz Festival and hundreds of other venues around the world. His versatility has allowed him to collaborate with a number of leading artists from different musical styles such as the renowned soprano Reneé Fleming in the Mozart Requiem, touring and singing with Julie Andrews, a Boston Pops televised special and tour, appearing as featured soloist on the televised tribute to Brian Wilson from Radio City Music Hall, and with Josh Groban and subsequently Carlos Santana at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jubilant Sykes recently made his acting debut in a film with Cuba Gooding, Jr., scheduled for theatrical release in 2014/2015, and performed the lead role in a new play “Breath and Imagination” presented by Hartford Stage.
Jubilant sykes resides in Southern California with his wife, Cecelia. They have three sons: Madison, Morgan and Micah.