A world-class vocalist with a 4-octave range, over her long career Jeannie Gagné has sung with the likes of Philip Glass, George Duke, Livingston Taylor, opened for Bare Naked Ladies, performed for NBC-TV with comedians Penn and Teller, Adriana Balic (Pink), toured with reggae legend Frankie Paul, and sings on movie soundtracks such as the feature film “Anima Mundi.”
Since growing up in New York City and frequenting jazz clubs in her teens, while studying piano, voice, and writing songs, Jeannie Gagné has been immersed in an eclectic mix of music her whole life. Experiencing the best of the best in New York helped her to hone her craft as a vocal musician. As a young child Jeannie sang with her family in the Tri-Cities opera and was singing before she spoke, and began writing songs with her guitar in grade school. She has always known that music is her calling. As she will tell you, music is in her cells.
"Few vocalists create images and stir emotions merely with the sound of their voice.
All the great ones do, and Jeannie does, too." NYC's Downtown Magazine
Jeannie’s third album “Closer to Bliss” takes us on a soul-jazz journey about living and inspiration, that life is a gift to be cherished. Featured on jazz stations around the U.S., the album showcases her unique vocals and eclectic songwriting style. It brings together pop/rock with a jazz and folk for a contemporary sound that is distinctly Jeannie’s own. She has been called a rare vocalist with seemingly limitless styles and chops at her disposal, as well as a warm and inviting performer.
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 soul singing, 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, and Sheryl Crow.
“Jeannie is a very well respected vocalist in the world of music with a beautiful instrument.”
Lauren Kinhan, New York Voices
When she sings, Jeannie’s experience is almost spiritual, joyous. Her way of reaching audiences leaves them coming away uplifted and moved. Incredibly for example, one woman went up to Jeannie after a performance and said –much to Jeannie’s astonishment– “Thank you. I am battling cancer, and hearing you sing has made it easier for me.” Others often say, “Inspiring.” “Rare concert.” “Brilliant.”
Internationally renown vocal teacher and mentor
Jeannie Gagné is Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music, and is president of Jeannie Gagné Music offering vocal workshops, corporate events, and private lessons. She teaches vocal technique and performance skills in pop/rock, blues, jazz, folk, R&B, musical theater, and classical styles. Jeannie Gagné's method—developed over 30 years of teaching voice— focuses on the whole person, on health and inspiration, and on bringing out the jewel in each of us whether singing, or even just speaking. She is expert at the mechanics behind how the voice works and has an easy-to-understand and fun way that her students learn the real facts about their vocal instruments.
Jeannie has written two internationally acclaimed books on vocal technique, many articles, has a popular YouTube channel TheVocalGenie. She wrote and teaches the Berklee Online course Popular Singing Styles: Developing Your Sound.
Making real connections with people through music is one of the most important reasons why Jeannie Gagné sings and teaches. Jeannie says, “That’s the point. Connecting. We are all human, we share the same emotions, anywhere on the globe. Music can reach across language. Anywhere. It moves us, it inspires us. It gets us up dancing, or touches a truth inside. I believe I have a responsibility as an artist and a teacher to bring my very best to every performance, each and every time. I want every performance to be special.”
As one reviewer once said, “Bring this songbird into your life.”
“What is singing? A better question is, What isn’t it? It’s food for the soul, brain food, emotional release, healing power using your own sound… It is amazing. For all of us. So, Sing!“
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