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Jeannie Gagne

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Jeannie Gagne

A world-class vocalist, Jeannie Gagne has sung with Philip Glass, George Duke, opened for Bare Naked Ladies, performed for NBC-TV with comedians Penn and Teller, toured with reggae legend Frankie Paul, and sings on the soundtrack for the feature film "Anima Mundi" (1993). She has received extensive press coverage such as feature stories on PBS's All Things Considered and the CBS Evening News. Literally singing with the soundtrack of West Side Story before she learned to speak and writing songs since toddlerhood, Jeannie has always known that music is her life.

A veteran performer, Jeannie is a voice professor at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she teaches voice and performance in pop/rock, blues, jazz, folk, RandB and classical styles. She has developed into a rare vocalist and teacher with seemingly limitless styles and chops at her disposal as well as considerable charm on stage.

Some of the remarkable musicians Jeannie has worked with are Terri Lynn Carrington, Walter Beasley, Shawn Pelton, Stan Stricland, George Russell Jr., Everett Bradley. Jeannie sings from the depths of her soul with rare skill and passion. Her four-octave range and unique vocal style go from strong blues-influenced singing from-the-gut, to lyrical, beautiful and sometimes haunting reflective singing. She performs jazz with equal agility, and is seen frequently in the Boston area and elsewhere. Her pop/rock sound has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Sarah MacLachlan, Sheryl Crow and Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies.

Jeannie has a way of reaching audiences. People often come away from performances beaming and moved. Incredibly, one woman, who was battling cancer and heard Jeannie sing, said Jeannie's singing had moved her so much it made a profound impact on her struggle with the disease.

As a former board member and regular clinician nationally with the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Musician's Network, Jeannie donates much of her time to creating music that is nurturing and inspiring. In September 2003 she was personally appointed by UU president William Sinkford to be part of a six-person team from across the US that created Singing the Journey,the new contemporary hymnal for the denomination that has outsold all other UUA publications to date. She was also the Music Director for the UU Society in Middleboro, Massachusetts for thirteen years.

Jeannie leads workshops around the country on personal empowerment through singing, jazz/pop improv techniques and joyful movement. To learn more about her workshops or bring one to your area, visit the WORKSHOPS tab. Jeannie has travelled to places such as the Pacific Northwest and California, offering both workshops and jazz/soul concerts. (To see the article in Oregon's Corvallis Gazette Times. click here.

Jeannie's Masters of Arts is from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA) in Voice Production and Wellness; Jeannie is currently working on a new book on this topic that includes interviews with notable performers including Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Jeannie's debut album, Wide Open Heart earned considerable play on college, commercial and internet radio. With its virtuosity and fresh sound, this recording boasts some of pop music's hottest players including Shawn Pelton (Letterman, Saturday Night Live Band, Jon Bon Jovi), Zev Katz (Donald Fagen, Judy Collins), Marc Shulman (Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Jennifer Kimball) and Everett Bradley (headliner in Broadway's Swing, Billy Joel, original cast of Stomp).

Wide Open Heart reflects Jeannie's years of growth as an artist. The songs are real, and poignant. In Jeannie's uniquely honest and straightforward style, these songs illustrate both hardship and joy, and the choices and compromises we make. Some look at how to find healing in difficult situations, some tell a story, and others are just plain fun, finding humor even in daily routine.

Jeannie's second album Must Be Love was recorded at Berklee College of Music with outstanding musicians and features both original songs by Jeannie and classic blues tunes such as Stevie Ray Vaughn's Pride and Joy and Etta James' Something's Got a Hold on Me. Jeannie was awarded a Faculty Grant for this project from Berklee.

Jeannie was the Artistic Director of The Halalisa Singers, Boston's leading world-music and eclectic chorus, from January 2003 to June 2004. She helped the group enhance its unique world-music style and broaden its repetoire and venues. Recently she directed The Circle of Life at the celebration concert for retiring Berklee President Lee Berk.

Jeannie's professional career began singing at the tender age of four with the renowned Tri-Cities Opera in upstate New York. Singing in perfect tune since babyhood, Jeannie grew up in a musical family, training on piano since grade school and teaching herself guitar at age eight. Later she studied to be a lyrical soprano and received a BA in music from Wesleyan University, where she was a percussionist with the acclaimed West African ensemble Talking Drums. Jeannie is now equally comfortable singing Rachmaninof, jazz and blues standards or Joni Mitchell songs.

Jeannie has been interviewed by People Magazine, college radio stations, various New York City TV stations, and many regional newspapers. NYC's Downtown Magazine writes about Jeannie's solo singer/songwriter work, "Few vocalists create images and stir emotions merely with the sound of their voice. All the great ones do, and Jeannie does, too." Music Technology Magazine adds, Jeannie is "stunning...the girl can sing. A class act."

Jeannie has lived most of her life in New York City, but a few years ago she and her family moved to rural Massachusetts. In their new hometown Jeannie has become well-known for her singing, writing, and as a musical leader in the community, where she does, as she says, 'What I do best.'"

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Jeannie Gagne : Contemporary Singing For Choirs : DVD : 

Jeannie Gagne : Contemporary Singing For Choirs

Review: If you're a choir director looking for an authentic contemporary sound from your choir, this DVD shows you how to work with the three essential components: choir, soloists, and band. Jeannie Gagne and other contemporary music experts discuss and demonstrate techniques in contemporary styles such as rock, folk, country, and jazz. Jeannie Gagne is a vocalist, experienced choir director, co-creator of the hymnal "Singing the Journey", songwriter/composer, author of "Your Singing Voice", and Berklee College of Music professor in both contemporary and classical singing.

Chapters: The choir's role: support or lead, Making the transition from classical to contemporary styles, Vocal production, Rhythm and movement: putting it in the body, The five rhythm options in contemporary music, Having fun and taking chances, Getting off book: connecting with the audience, Choosing soloists who can tell the story, Recruiting from the choir: experience and encouragement, Microphone technique, Listening and imitation: knowing the genre, Developing an individual sound, Vocal coaching demonstrations, Baring the soul - singing from the heart, Band instrument configuration and the band as timekeeper, Music styles: finding the right musicians, Band charts: sheet music vs. lead sheets, Band rehearsal sessions, Putting it together with choir and soloists

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7891dvd | DVD $39.95


Jeannie Gagne : Your Singing Voice : 01 Book & 1 CD :  : 884088532680 : 0876391269 : 50449619

Jeannie Gagne : Your Singing Voice

Review: Connect to your authentic singing voice with this holistic guide to a healthy and expressive singing life. This collection of technical discussions, exercises, and insights will help you improve all aspects of using your voice - from healthy sound production to exercises for greater vocal facility to guidance on rehearsing with your band. Interviews with Patty Austin, Ysaye Barnwell, and others lend their perspectives to singing, the mind-body connection, and a natural/wellness focused approach to musicianship. The accompanying CD supports the practice exercises and approaches to learning new songs.

Chapters: Your Body is Your Instrument, The Whole Singer, Vocal Study, Your Voice is Unique, Embodying Rhythm and Movement, Rhythmic Subdivisions, Scat Syllables, Singing is Movement, Performing, Exercises, Pointers and Warm-ups, Wisdom from Experience, Agility and Rhythm, Power and Belting, Chromatic Movement

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5683b | Book & 1 CD $29.95


Jeannie Gagne : Belting - A Guide to Healthy, Powerful Singing : 01 Book :  : 884088986247 : 0876391587 : 00124984

Jeannie Gagne : Belting - A Guide to Healthy, Powerful Singing

Review: Belting is a strong way of big singing that has become very popular in contemporary styles. It is heard in everything from rock to hip-hop to pop to musical theater to the plethora of award shows. However, not only is there much confusion and misinformation about how to belt well, if done poorly belting can actually damage the voice. Numerous famous singers have belted their way to injury or even lost their voices, sometimes permanently. Many voice teachers believe (incorrectly) that belting is simply bad, physically and aesthetically. So, singing students are getting mixed messages. They hear their favorite artists belt-singing throughout their favorite music, yet the resources teaching healthy belting techniques are few and far between. Belting for the Contemporary Singer seeks to remedy the situation. The fact is, belting can be done well and without causing injury. This book presents the facts about belting, what approaches work and which to avoid. Its online video and audio demonstrate good techniques and exercises.

Chapters: What Ids Belting Exactly?, Dynamics, Becoming Vocally Flexible and Agile, Air: The Source of Your Belting Power, The Vocal Anatomy of Belting, Larynx: Your Tone Generator, Belting Techniques That Work, The Healthy Belting Voice, Exercises For Belting, Breath Management

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2913b | Book $19.95

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