Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, From Brooklyn, NY, we have an amazing singer-songwriter who has belted out impeccable musicality with fascinating tunes in her latest track “Love is the Matter” and her name is “Stephanie Jeannot”. Having been compared to Ledisi, Jill Scott, Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys, and Sarah Vaughan, Stephanie Jeannot’s unique style of presenting music to the listeners is what makes her so wonderful to listen to.
Stephanie is also a writer and has achieved her BA in English/Professional writing from Medgar Evers College and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is a published author of three poetry collections as well as two full-length albums of original works and singles such as a cover of Whitney Houston’s “Love Will Save The Day” released by Bobby D’ambrosio and reached the 2018 top 40 Soulful House chart in Europe.
We got an opportunity to have a candid conversation with the extremely-talented singer and asked some pertinent questions related to her music life. So, Let’s get to know about the journey of “Stephanie Jeannot” as a musician, about her challenges as an artist, and many more from the beautiful singer herself.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name is Stephanie Jeannot. I am a singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. I fell in love with singing at a young age and always had a passion for writing which lead me to major in English/Professional writing in college.
I am a writer of songs, poetry, and short stories. I have also found a love for playing the piano. I enjoy most when I can get on a stage and share my original music. I perform both locally and have had the opportunity of performing internationally.
My favorite genres to sing are jazz, R&B, Gospel, and funk but I consider my music to be R&B/soul.
Jazz however is my favorite genre of music. Itis everything to me. I love to listen to it. I love its history. I love to sing it. I love how it integrated stages. I love the fashion of it. It made me research it, study it and start my own radio show, Jazz on the JNote which airs every Sunday at 7pmEST on http://theenglishconnectionmedia.com
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
Hearing my mom singing all over the house always gave me a desire to pick up the mantle and do the same. I loved church hymns because of her and from Growing up singing in the Catholic Church. Watching Michael Jackson moonwalk across the stage made me love music even more. Then it was Whitney Houston and then Mariah Carey.
I used to sing their songs to the four corners of my walls for hours at a time when I was younger. In high school, my sister introduced me to jazz music and Sarah Vaughan became my favorite singer.
My biggest influences in music are Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson and Amel Larrieux.
I’m inspired to make music because of how music empowers and unites. Music brings me alive. Music makes me smile and it brings me joy to string lyrics and music together to make a song. Music brings harmony to my world. It’s like medicine without side effects.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
I dreamed about someday singing with a big band and then it happened. I was invited to sing in Kazan, Russia at the Tartastan Philharmonic Hall and there was a 27 piece orchestra on the stage, all playing their instruments behind me as I sang across the stage to the beautiful audience. It was my favorite ever experience and one I will never, ever forget.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
I was in the middle of singing a song and I forgot the words and so instead, I started doing a snippet of one of my favorite rap songs from back in the days and now I keep it in my routine because everybody always starts singing along.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
I wish I could have performed with Louis Armstrong. His contagious smile and his iconic voice are two things that can change my whole mood if I listen to it watch his act I would love to sing with Mariah Carey. She is one of my favorite singers that I listen to the most and I love her a lot. I would love to be able to just do a hook for Nas. He is one of the dopest rappers and I have loved his music since high school.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
I bring my musicianship and artistry with me wherever I go and working with children makes it easy because I can incorporate music into the mix; especially putting lessons together.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
My biggest challenge as a musician is that sometimes family does not support as much as I’d like. So it can seem like a lonely road because I am my music and they can’t really relate to my passion or the road I’m on. So I have to remember that music is my first love and that even without them at every show, I’m still blessed beyond measure and loved by God who anoints me with his grace every day.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I do scales using the piano. I do interval workouts. I follow vocal exercise videos on YouTube which I do almost every time I’m about to perform. I write music and songs and practice chords and intervals that I incorporate in them. I listen a lot and it helps me remember lyrics and melodies. I read books on theory and follow some of the exercises featured.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
I love to use my piano. I also use piano/vocal technique books, my iReal book app and different backing tracks to practice songs for upcoming events. I have a playlist on YouTube of vocal warmups and exercises that I often use.
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
Guitaa is for artists like me interested in sharing their gifts and story with all those willing to listen.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
If it’s for you, then it’s for you. You have to go for what you want. You have to invest in your brand. You have to take what you are doing seriously. Nobody is going to take your stuff seriously if you don’t take yourself seriously, so be confident in what you are doing and don’t ever stop believing in yourself. Faith is everything.
So, this was “Stephanie Jeannot”. Want to know how you can follow her online? Then, check out the links below: