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Montréal, Quebec, Canada | MAJOR

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | MAJOR
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"Prepare to Be Genuinely Charmed"

Prepare to be genuinely charmed. Jennifer Gasoi has a true talent for writing children’s music.

Her smooth and agile voice is perfectly lovely and expresses sincere enjoyment in singing. You can’t kid a kid. The songs are playful and engaging for any age.

I don’t have toddlers but I would wager that “Songs For You” stands up exceptionally well to repeat listening for both young and old. It isn’t boring music and it isn’t full of repetitions that could drive you mad. It isn’t ‘playing down’ to kids. It happens to be writing for them but the songs themselves are sweet, fun and completely enjoyable.

Standouts for me are “Jumping All Day Long” with its fun guitar additions and “The Pizza Man” which mixes art education, making lunch and learning about vegetables.

If you have kids, or kids to buy for, do yourself a favor and add “Songs For You” to your collection.
-Stacey Board, songwriting columnist for Muses Muse - Muses Muse


"Utterly Charming"

This album proves that utterly simple can be utterly charming. These sixteen original songs cover the most common of topics-jumping, painting, pizza, teddies-with loving attention and child-like enthusiasm. Singer song-writer Jennifer Gasoi has a lovely supple voice, as unaffected as her lyrics and just as engaging. One song invites children to "Pop!" like a piece of popcorn; another offers to share a dreamy piece of "Moon Pie." Instrumentation is simple, acoustic, and totally appropriate. This whole production is a small gem whose seemingly simple perfection belies the hard work required to reach that level of artless sophistication. Lyrics are included.
-Kristi Jemtegaard ©2004 Parents' Choice
- Parents Choice Awards


"Butterflies and Blues"

Much of the music aimed at children is incredibly annoying for adults, in that it features "cute" kids who can't sing or songs that are so repetitive and mindless that it's crazy-making. That's why it was such a wonderful surprise to listen to Gasoi's new CD, Songs for You. It's intelligent, energetic, philosophical, educational, at times silly and, most importantly, it's high-quality music.

A jazz musician by training, Gasoi has taken a slight detour from that career to venture into children's music and songwriting. She now lives in Montreal, but has studied and performed in Vancouver. She was part of the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Vancouver International Jazz festivals, was a featured performer at the 2001 Chutzpah! Festival and was a regular with pianist Linton Garner at Rossini's Jazz Club from 1997-2001. She has also worked with children in various settings over the past 16 years, including at day camps, schools, day cares, community centres and as a voice and piano teacher.

All of this experience is palpable on Songs for You. Among the inspirational songs are "Hurry Up Sleepyhead," where Gasoi urges us to get out of bed because "life is waiting to be lived," and "Bright Side of Life," where listeners are told to have hope: "If you don't look on the bright side of life, how are you gonna cope?" You can almost envision the kids leaping about to and singing along with "Jumping All Day Long" and "Goin' on a Trip." Then there's the klezmer in "The Animal Party," the scat, Dixieland and banjo in "Didgeridoodle," the French "Monsieur Glouton" and the environmentally aware "Butterfly" – your children's horizons will be broadened.
-Cynthia Ramsay
- Vancouver Western Bulletin


"Intelligent Music"

"...Jennifer writes intelligent, well-made music for kids."
-Sook Yin Lee, CBC- DNTO - CBC Radio


Discography

Songs for You - 2004

CBC Radio airply:
DNTO January 17 and July 3
Richardson's Roundup interview: July 23
Disc Drive with Jurgan Gothe: August 5

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Bio

2005 Juno Award nominee Singer/songwriter Jennifer Gasoi is quickly making a name for herself in the world of children’s music. Jennifer has a unique gift for writing and performing upbeat, intelligent, jazz-based children’s songs that adults love too. The lyrics are clever, the melodies catchy, and the rhythms undeniably danceable. Jennifer’s debut CD “Songs for You” was also awarded the coveted 2004 Gold Parent’s Choice Award.