Gagné, Jeannie (b. 1960)
Jeannie lives in rural Massachusetts with her two children. She has been singing professionally since joining the Tri-Cities Opera (New York) at age four; since then her work includes recording with Philip Glass, singing R&B with comedians Penn and Teller on NBC-TV, and touring Europe with reggae legend Frankie Paul. She has received extensive press coverage such as feature stories on PBS's All Things Considered and the CBS Evening News. Jeannie is a voice professor at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she teaches classes and lessons in pop/rock, blues, jazz, folk, and classical styles. She is a songwriter, with two solo CDs to her credit. She has also sung on numerous recordings by other artists including Jason Shelton’s recent “Fire of Commitment” and renowned jazzman Stan Strickland’s new release “Love and Beauty.”
At General Assembly 2005 in Ft. Worth, TX, Jeannie is leading the music for several major events, including the Sunday morning Worship Service, as well as the Closing Ceremony with co-director Rev. Jason Shelton. An active member and workshop leader for the Unitarian Universalist Musician Network (UUMN), Jeannie is currently completing her term serving the UUMN Board. She also served on the New Hymns Task Force which developed this supplement.
Born into a family that was musical, Unitarian Universalist (UU), and Jewish, Ms. Gagné has been writing songs and studying instruments since the tender age of six. Her musical background is diverse. It includes extensive classical study on piano and voice, plus contemporary singing/songwriting with guitar and piano, piano “combing” jazz, blues and pop, and West African Drumming at Wesleyan University where she received her B.A. in Music. With a mother and brother who are both classical pianists—plus a sound-engineer-brother for major contemporary artists like Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder—Ms. Gagné’s family environment was a significant part of her musical diversity. Jeannie’s mother, Molly Low, is also a retired UU Music Director in San Diego. Combining her musical diversity and vocal skill, UU service, and expertise as a teacher, Ms. Gagné has designed her M.A. from Lesley University in Wellness through Voice. She now offers performance-wellness workshops for vocalists and others with Stan Strickland. See additional information about Jeannie.
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Last updated on Monday, April 9, 2012.