Friday, March 3, 2017

Unlimited Love for Singing My Originals

As artists, we sometimes default to singing cover tunes because we have grown accustomed to loving the artists who we look up to so much, that their songs linger in our hearts and we want to sing them. 



It becomes second nature to get knocked into a groove of a familiar tune rather than to splash our own color into the singing experience and to sing something that came from our own pen. I will admit, it is still an ocean of fun for me and very inspiring at that, whenever I get on stage and share a song with an engaging audience, whether it is a cover tune or an original; and I have had many inspiring moments.

I flashback to exactly three years ago today when a fellow musician, Lenny Underwood, blessed me with the opportunity to join him on stage with the legendary Jennifer Holliday, and I was asked to perform a duet with her before the Jackie Robinson Foundation award recipients at the Waldorf Astoria.  That moment was unforgettable and still bedazzles me every time a Facebook “on this date” shows up and reminds me that this event actually took place in my life.  

Other inspiring moments include, performing live at the Great Adventures Theme Park, releasing my musical project Finally JNote, traveling to Russia and singing at a music festival in Krasnodar, creating original video content for a visual component to my lyrics, 
and just recently something generated the most positive emotion in me that I have ever had. 

For the first time ever in my life, I performed before my peers, a concert of all original music and it felt as good as being a shoe-aholic in a shoe store on a shopping spree.  I was able to share the tone of my existence with a live audience. I shared the frame of my culture through sound and vision. I shared a piece of who I am like I never had in my experience and it felt great to finally do it with the personalized touch of my own lyrics and melodies.

I have sung my original tunes live prior to that moment, but always wedged in between a cover tune. I was able to grab the attention of my entire audience with my own, creative works. I had been building up for a moment like that all my life and finally, that moment came. All I can say is, I cannot wait to do it again with the JNote Band. Looking forward to the next time.   



My favorite moment of the night was for the first time ever,  performing my song Love No Limit,  written about the experience of seeing the world with your own eyes to separate myth from facts when it comes to loving a people. It was mostly inspired by research I conducted when first starting my college thesis and seeking information on language and different dialects  of so-called "bastardized languages," Latin American Literature (more so the concepts of magical realism), and my most recent international trip which was to Russia. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/Ehbsut02E_g




The lyrics are by me, Stephanie Jeannot and the music is by Paul Garrod. Singing this song mostly felt great because I was able to do it on a platform with the JNote Band, in a flow of all original music and that is what made the night memorable for me. Only God!  

26 comments:

  1. You are such a great singer and I love your song Love No Limits. How awesome that you have been able to travel to Russia to perform.

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  2. glad you love music and found your passion, it's the best feeling to do what you love! I used to sing Gospel at church (wish i still did, got to find a new spot to attend because I moved!) I sang back up too for various local artist and helped write lyrics, it was something I love and hope to get back into!

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  3. You sounded great! Traveling the world and performing your music must be amazing! Good for you!!

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  4. Nice. You have a great sound, and I love that groove.

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  5. Looks like you got those people moving in there! Keep up the writing and songs!

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  6. I was watching your video on youtube. Great job! Love your voice!

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  7. You have such a beautiful and powerful voice! I love to watch your videos!

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  8. I remember when some of my family members got invited by Six Flags to play. It was exciting. It truly sounds like you've had some great opportunities!

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  9. I love cover tunes, but you're right. Hearing something original and by the artist that created it can be much more special.

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  10. You sounded great! Traveling the world and performing must be amazing!! Soooo cool! Love it!

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  11. So fun for you! How awesome to follow your love of music.

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  12. This is wonderful, great job! Keep chasing your passion and dreams!

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  13. How amazing, and what a great experience! I love to see people have a passion for something and going for it!

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  14. Wow!! I wish I had a talent like this. How fabulous! So awesome how you're following a passion.

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  15. I agree. Covers are fun, but if you have the talent to write originals, sing them! Soon enough people will be singing your songs. You're a great talent.

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  16. Love that you do original songs! I am sure this will be a night you will never forget!

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  17. You have an amazing voice. It must be so exciting to be onstage and share own music with everyone. I am sure I will hear you on the radio someday soon.

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  18. I wish I also have a beautiful voice like yours. Glad you shared it.

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  19. What a beautiful voice! I'm sop happy to heard that your beautiful voice is amazing.

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  20. If there's one thing that I've always wanted to do, that's to sing. But I don't have a gift, lol. And you are simply an amazing singer with such beautiful voice. You have awesome talent.

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  21. Oh my goodness .. what an incredibly beautiful voice! I wish I was so talented .. bravo!

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  22. How amazing that your own songs command as much attention now as the covers. You're quite something!

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  23. I love the picture where you are together with another singer working in a duet. I love how you sing, and listening to you is my great pleasure - thank you for your great talent!

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  24. You have such a great voice! I watched your video and I love your song. I love to sing, but I don't have a great voice like you though. :)

    - Lynndee

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  25. I wish that I had the talent to sing. My husband is a musician and sings. I would love for him to try to branch out a bit more with his singing.

    I love that you are inspired to write stories through your music. Keep up the excellent work.

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  26. That is so awesome! Way to go girl! Keep going!!

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