MP3 Gennarose - Spirit
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12 MP3 Songs
EASY LISTENING: Mood Music, POP: with Live-band Production
Unique musical talent oftentimes has deep roots early in life. Such is the case with Gennarose. Before the age of five, it was obvious that this young girl was going to be a major talent; reading fluently long before Kindergarten; drawing dimensional portraits of horses at age 3; effortlessly creating multiple musical harmonies âon the flyâ in early grade school. It was, in fact, something of an open bet as to exactly which creative talent: music, writing or art would finally come to the fore.
It was at a minor junior high school function, at age 12, when it became clear just where Gennaroseâs most powerful talents lay. The song was âOn My Ownâ by Andrew Lloyd Webber. There she was in some non-descript schoolroom, just a boombox, Gennarose looking rather small and shy on this makeshift stage, and perhaps half a roomful of people milling around on their way from one meeting to another.
From the moment she began to sing, all the milling people suddenly stopped to hear this girlâs voice, like some siren song freezing them in their tracks, making comments like âOh my godâ¦â and âListen to herâ¦â. Her voice soared to incredible heights and clarity and most startling of all for a girl of 12, she sang with this enormous wrenching emotion. She had become the song, and everyone around her became as totally caught up in itâs joy as she was.
This was her true gift, and her destiny; to take a song and emote so powerfully that no one could ignore the message, or the messenger. After the loud applause had died down, her father spurted, âYou have got it!â And she has never stopped âhaving itâ.
Gennarose then began her odyssey to singer/songwriter in earnest. She honed her skills playing Dorothy in âThe Wizard of Ozâ and Lola in âDamn Yankeesâ plus the role of Judy Monroe in a professional performance of âA Chorus Lineâ. She was the perennial pick to sing the national anthem at local sporting events, along with countless solos in school performances and travel groups. Her biggest event was a July 4th concert at Ramapo College in New Jersey with a full orchestra in front of over 6,000 people. It was a huge standing ovation.
She also earned the Most Outstanding Player Award at Berkleeâs Annual High School Competition at Hynes Convention Center. And all this occurred before the age of 17. All the while, she never stopped writing original material.
Then came 1996, and an invitation to appear at Amateur Night at âShowtime at the Apolloâ in New York City. She chose as her song, of all things, âI Will Always Love Youâ Whitney Houston-style. Having watched several contestants get totally booted off the stage before her turn arrived, she firmly walked out and began singing, quietly and calmly. Things got tense, as the audience started to hoot and howl at this young white girl daring to put her performance up against a bona fide diva like Houston.
The noise level in the theatre swelled to a crescendo of booâs and cat calls, until Gennarose reached the chorus, âAnd I-I-Iâ¦ will always love youâ¦,â which she belted out with such fury and passion that the entire theatre simply silenced itâs heckling and began to listen, in amazement, at what this girl was capable of. Placing amongst the top three that night, she proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that her gift was real and that even a skeptical audience would rise and applaud in true appreciation.
Afterwards, the master of ceremonies, Steve Harvey, laughingly admonished the audience, âNow I told you she had something going onâ¦ you shoulda listened to me.â
She continued to diversify as lead singer of a local touring band, Livewire, with many performances in Nyack, NY and surrounding areas, including her original material. She also ventured out on solo gigs at the Dogwood Café in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
After a stint as a teacher for challenged children in Massachusetts (where she became the youngest ever head of the English department, at age 23), she decided to move to the Big Apple to pursue her music to the fullest. There she met producer/engineer Keith Slattery in 2003. They began to collaborate on her first CD compilation and production, âSpiritâ: a twelve-track jazz/r&b album that includes eleven of her original songs.
While working on âSpiritâ, Gennarose also became a member of the 14-Grammy Award winning Jimmy Sturr Orchestra. She has had hundreds of performances with the orchestra, playing such venues as BB Kings in Manhattan, Wolfâs Den at Mohegan Sun, Farm Aid with Willie Nelson , The Stardust in Las Vegas and Musikantenstadl (live TV show broadcast to 25+ million in Europe). She was also featured in the 14-episode satellite-tv broadcast, âThe Jimmy Sturr Showâ. You can hear Gennarose on their latest grammy nominated album, âShake, Rattle and Polka,â singing âLove Me Tenderâ with Elvisâ original Jordainaires.
âSpiritâ is currently finished and being actively marketed. Gennarose plans to showcase the album at various locations throughout the tri-state area.
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