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The best kept secret in music


"Frederick native releases her first CD"

Jenelle was sitting in her car in the parking lot of Staples when she heard a familiar voice on the radio...her own.

The disc jockey gushed that there was a talented new artist on Frederick's horizon and that he had to share her with the listening audience.

Her self-titled debut CD, Jenelle, hit the airwaves and, for the first time, the Frederick native realized how far her blessings had carried her.

"I have been working on this CD for three years and I am just humbled by the community's response to my work. On March 12, I received my first nine boxes of 1,000 CDs. Now I'm down to less than one and a half boxes," she said.

Jenelle, who comes from a long line of musical talent, grew up in the church where she cultivated her unique fusion of gospel, jazz, hip-hop, and Latin flavor according to her aunt, Katrina Hill.

Hill along with seven family members make up The Morrison Family Singers. The Frederick gospel ensemble performs backup for Jenelle at live performances as well as venturing on their own for several venues in the East Coast.

"Nelle (Jenelle) has been singing since she was 2. The family grew up singing together and ever since I can remember she has been the lead singer. I am so proud of her," said Hill.

In the fifth grade, she was discovered during a performance for former first lady Barbara Bush. A parent in the audience was so moved by her voice that she recommended that her parents contact Dorothy Dash, then music instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Dash a graduate of The Julliard School, provided voice lessons for Jenelle from the fifth to the 10th grade.

"She had a beautiful voice. And her CD is just as wonderful. It is so fulfilling when your students have the opportunity to develop and then share their gifts, said Dash.

Jenelle lends much of her success to the support of her family.

"I remember sitting on my grandfather's lap and singing along with him to everything from the gospel song Take My Hand Precious Lord to Al Green's popular songs."

The influence of both non-secular and popular music is apparent in Jenelle's style. The 12-track CD includes gospel rap, jazz melodies, and one song in Spanish, Jenelle's second language.

"I refuse to be put into a box as an artist. I have many different styles because I have incorporated all of my influences into my music. I think people will be able to appreciate that."

Jenelle who once sang back up for famous gospel artists such as Yolanda Adams and, Vickie Winans, and Shirley Caesar, has plans to release another CD as soon as possible.

"The music came to me like water. It was very fluid. I have six songs written for it (the second CD) already. As long as God keeps filling these pipes, I am going to blow."

- Ashley Washington/Gazette


Jenelle - 2002


Feeling a bit camera shy


As a child, family members recognized Jenelle had a God-given gift. It was while performing in a 5th grade stage production that someone in the audience recognized this gift too. After the production was over, that same audience member approached Jenelle’s mother and suggested she be enrolled in singing classes. Jenelle’s mother followed their advice and her vocal coach, Mrs. Dorothy Dash, was able to reach inside this young talented child and release the true gift inside.

Having sung with several Washington-Metropolitan area choirs, Jenelle’s first major opportunity came when she joined the Tri-Area Community Choir (TACC). She was the featured soloist on TACC’s first CD project “In Service.” It was with TACC that Jenelle had the opportunity to fellowship in ministry with many nationally known Gospel recording artists, including Yolanda Adams, John P. Kee, Shirley Caesar, Vickie Winans, Beverly Crawford, Edwin Hawkins, and many others.

Jenelle has performed at many east coast events such as the “Saturday Night Gospel Explosion” in Hampton, VA, “The Spirit of Washington,” a cruise sponsored by radio station Heaven 1580, “Gospel Live,” in Hyattsville, MD, University of Maryland, and the “Cable Church Directory,” aired twice weekly on the PAX network hosted by Stellar Award winning announcer Traci Morgan. Jenelle has also been featured on numerous radio interviews, as well as, being awarded a lead role in a major stage play that opened by way of New York at the Lincoln Center, in 2003.

Hard work and dedication to the Lord continues to open many doors for Jenelle. She continues to follow the plan the Lord has worked out for her and she has no doubt that God will do exactly what He said. She is commissioned to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and compel the unsaved to seek Him. Jenelle and her group work hard at spreading God’s messages to the masses through her songs. One of Jenelle's favorite scriptures is Psalm 146:2 "I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." (NIV) In Jenelle’s own words, “As long as God keeps filling these pipes, I am going to sing.”