Geri lee Arie

Geri lee Arie

BandBluesFolk

Blues, folk blues, jazz blues with a touch of soul. Music is one thing that can motivate inspire and create the most positive feelings in people. I believe that we can learn something about ourselves and the world we live in thru music and thats what i try to deliver with feeling honestly.

Biography

BORN AND RAISED IN MONTREAL. I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MUSIC MY ENTIRE LIFE. DEVELOPING A STYLE OVER THE YEARS DERRIVED FROM JAZZ, FOLK, BLUES, GOSPEL & POP AS WELL AS LIFE EXPERIENCE. I HAVE MY OWN UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE AND TRY MY BEST TO DELIVER IT THRU MUSIC.
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MY MUSICAL EXPERIENCE BEGAN WITH MY DAD WHO TAUGHT ME HOW TO SING HARMONY AND WRITE SONGS. LATER MY SISTER AND I PLAYED AS A DUO FOR OUR TEEN YEARS UNTIL I MOVED TO VANCOUVER WHERE I STAYED FOR TEN YEARS, THERE I PLAYED CLUBS SUCH AS, THE YALE,COMMODORE BALLROOM,RAILWAY CLUB,SAVOY, ARTS CLUB LOUNGE, ROBSON STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL, VANCOUVER FOLK FESTIVAL.

WORKING IN NEW YORK I HAD A REGULAR JOB WITH A BAND AND ALSO DID MY OWN ACT AT, CLUB TATTOO, BIRDLAND, CAFE SOCIETY, MANNY'S CARWASH BLUES CLUB, CAFE WHA AND OTHER PLACES AROUND THE VILLAGE AND SOHO. WHILE IN NEW YORK I RECIEVED THE HUGH PRESSWOOD CERTIFICATION FOR SONGWRITING AND TOOK TRAVIS PICKING GUITAR STYLE WITH JACK BAKER :)
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IN NASHVILLE, I RESUMED TEACHING VOICE AND WRITING AND PLAYING ORIGINALS. I WROTE WITH MAT LINDSEY AT CURB RECORDS, ATTENDED MANY SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS AND PLAYED AT THE BLUE BIRD CAFE, DOUGLAS CORNER, DAVIS KIDD. I ALSO RECORD MY ORIGINAL SONGS AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.
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MUSICAL EDUCATION : FORMAL OPERA TRAINING WITH TATIANA VASLAVIA, NORTH VAN; POP, NANCI DAVIS, NORTH VAN; OPERA WITH HUGETTE TURREGNIOU, MONTREAL; JAZZ VOICE, MADELAINE THERAULT, MONTREAL; JAZZ CHOIR; DIRECTED BY JERRY BROWN, MONTREAL, IMPROVISATION WITH GARY SHWARTZ; PIANO, BILL WHITE, NORTH VAN; TRAVIS PICKING, JACK BAKER, N.Y; SONGWRITING WITH AWARD WINNER HUGH PRESSWOOD, N.Y; SONGWRITING, NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOC; SONGWRITING WITH CURB RECORDS MATT LINDSEY, NASHVILLE. VANCOUVER SONGWRITING ASSOC; JAZZ GUITAR, STAN LASSITAR, NASHVILLE; JAZZ GUITAR, MARK MILLNEUVE, MONTREAL; CLASSICAL PIANO, YARON ROSS, CONCORD UNIV; PIANO, KATHY PEIMONT, MONTREAL; PIANO, LAURIE ANDERSON, CONCORDIA UNIV, MONTREAL; BFA, CONCORDIA, INTEGRATED MUSIC; COMPLETION OF THE JO ESTILL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOCUSING ON COMPULSORY FIGURES FOR VOICE CONTROL, TECHNIQUE AND THE SCIENCE OF VOICE; SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS OVER THE YEARS AND THE MANY THINGS LEARNED FROM WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND AQUAINTANCES ALONG THE WAY AND MY PERSONAL ADVENTURES ;)
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BACK IN MONTREAL SINCE 2000 AND AFTER A BIT OF A BREAK FROM MUSIC, I PLAYED GUITAR AND SANG AT THE MONTREAL BLUES FESTIVAL, BOURBON STREET, WEST ISLAND BLUES FESTIVAL, PETIT MEDLEY, HOUSE OF JAZZ, CABARET MADO.
I AM PRESENTLY WORKING ON A NEW C.D. OF ORIGINAL JAZZ AND BLUES MATERIAL AND CONTINUE TO PERFORM MY OWN SHOWS.
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WITH HELP FROM GRANTS FROM FACTOR I HAVE RECORDED MY FIRST C.D. "TILL YOU WALK A MILE IN HER BLUES" AND MY PRESENT WORK IN PROGRESS "TAKE FLIGHT" WHICH ARE BOTH BLUES,FOLK AND JAZZ BASED
AM WORKING ON WRITING AN ALL CANADIAN C.D. FILLED WITH SONGS ABOUT BEAUTIFUL CANADA.
NOW THAT IM ABOUT FINISHED MY BFA IN MUSIC AND ENGLISH I WIL CONTINUE TO TEACH VOICE AND COACH VOCALISTS PRIVATELY AND IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.
I AM A MEMBER OF CSA, WASHINGTON COPYRIGHT OFFICE, SOCAN AND SODRAC.

Lyrics

New Song

Written By: Geri lee Arie

when you wake up in the morning, can you look at your own face and smile, do you like your inner space or do you want to get out.

do you have the courage to change, the things you wanna change, or is it a comfort for you, to just stay the same.

Is it a crime to be happy, is it a shame to love deep.
Is it a pity to be born different, its something i think we should celebrate

ohhh times are a changin, we all know that, dont throw the baby out with the bath.
Its our world and its what we 're comprised of,
we got to make it right, before it goes all wrong
and we all know that if we really really want to we can sing a new song....called love, called love.

when you wake up in the morning, can you look into your own heart and smile.
can you get thru one day without anger or predjudicial while.
Tell me are we crazy and who is to blame.
And what are we doing this to ourselves for anyway....?

is it a crime to be happy, is it a shame to love deep.
Is it a pity to be born different, its something i think we should celebrate.

Cause times are a changin, we all know that, we cant throw the world out with the bath.
Its our world and its what we're comprised of, we gotto make it right, before it goes all wrong,

we all know that if we really want to we can sing a new song..................

is it a crime to be happy, a shame to love deep, is it a pity to be born different, its something i think we should celebrate.....

cause times are changin we all know that, dont throw the baby out with the bath, its our world, and its waht we're comprised of.
we gotta make it right before it goes all wrong

we cant rewrite the lyrics of our lives, but we can sing it in a better way,

we cant change the past but we can make a brand new day

we all know that if we really really want to we can sing a new song....called love.....called love.....called love.......

Discography

"Walk a Mile in Her Blues" 2006,
"Take Flight" 2008

Set List

One set depending on time factor. The songs will consist of blues, soul, folk blues and jazz blues.