Giovanni

Giovanni

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Neo-soul vocalist Giovanni draws her audience in with the sheer elegance and sophistication of her stage presence, and the refreshingly new sound and approach of her music. These qualities as Giovanni puts it are, "EssenTially me."

Biography

Tierra Records recording artist Giovanni sings of timeless dilemmas and disillusionment in love in simple and humorous ways. Her style is a combination of Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul and Pop. She draws inspiration from female vocal royalty Etta Jones, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, Roberta Flack and Dionne Warwick; their influences can be heard in Giovanni's unique and vibrant sound. This singer/songwriter originally from Brooklyn, New York, was raised by her Cuban grandmother who exposed Giovanni to a wide genre of music from an early age. From Spirituals to Classical and from Latin Jazz to Gospel, Giovanni grew to appreciate and enjoy singing these different styles with Jazz being at the top of the list.

During her College years, she was tutored in Classical voicing and also studied Jazz vocal stylings with composer/arranger Barry Harris as well as vocalist Andy Bey. As anyone who knows her can tell you, whenever there's a song to be sung you can always count on Giovanni. She's sung Jazz in Paris nightclubs and Ariettas in chapels. She has moved audiences with honest and heartfelt vocals, once even invited to sing a tribute to the legendary Bessie Smith at her grave site.

Giovanni continues to perform in various clubs in the Tri-State area, as well as entertaining audiences in Japan, Germany and France. An engaging and down to earth performer, she currently works with her own group, Essential, based in NY and a newly formed group, Sister's Moon, in Paris. The original music compositions of both bands reflect influences of jazz and soul as well as Giovanni's unique approach to lyrics and melody. Her first CD entitled "Essentially Me" was released in February 2007 under the independent label Tierra Records. In addition to her participation in several recording projects, she has numerous live performances with other artists in the north-east region of the United States and in Paris, France.

Discography

CD (LP): "EssenTially me"
Released by Tierra Records, January 23, 2006. Heavy streaming and radio airplay has been given to the following tracks: "I Like it", "Taxi", "The Best Thing", and "Breakdown".

Album "EssenTially me" listed within the top 5 CDs in the Editor's Picks Listing for CDBaby.com from March 22, 2007 - July 24, 2007.

Set List

In concert situations, Giovanni performs two 45 - 50 min sets with an intermission. The sets consists of original material from her album "EssenTially me", with some covers added into the mix, including "Tryin' Times" by L. Hudson and D. Hathaway, "Never Can Say Goodbye" by C. Davis.

Night club performances are also generally two 45 or 50 mintue sets.