Jeannie Gagné—singer, songwriter, composer, choral conductor, and a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music—has performed for Philip Glass, Penn & Teller, Bare Naked Ladies, NBC-TV, Cher, and reggae artist Frankie Paul, to name a few.
Jeannie codirects Berklee’s Performance Wellness Institute. She has two solo CDs, “Must Be Love” and “Wide Open Heart.” A Reiki master, Jeannie is the author of the forthcoming book, “Your Singing Voice: Contemporary Technique, Expression and Spirit” (Berklee Press). She also co-wrote Singing the Journey, the best-selling Unitarian Universalist hymnal of contemporary music, and has interviewed Bobby McFerrin, Patti Austin, Ysaye Barnwell, Kenny Rogers, Richard Marx and others for magazines and books.
Her years of recordings and appearances include the soundtrack for the NBC TV movie Forbidden Nights with Melissa Gilbert; TV work, live shows with legends George Duke, Boston Big Band, and dozens of Berklee faculty and students.
Jeannie’s early musical influences are broad and include Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Laura Nyro, Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Sills, The Jackson Five, Crosby Stills & Nash, James Taylor and Peter Gabriel, to name just a few. She was also exposed to classical music daily at home on the stereo, while studying classical piano with concert pianist Jeaneanne Dowis (her only child student), learning works by composers like Chopin, Bach, and Rachmaninoff. Her big brother Stephen Gagné, a well-known rock and roll sound engineer in the 70s, introduced her to live rock concerts and gave her the opportunity to see Laura Nyro, the Dead, Bob Dylan and other legendary artists, all from the perspective of the sound booth. Jeannie went on to build her own home studio in her early years after college, recording and producing songs for writers who were pitching their tunes in New York.
With a 4½ octave vocal range, Jeannie has worked with some of the industry’s top musicians including drummer Shawn Pelton (Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Saturday Night Live), guitarist Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky) and percussionist/singer Everett Bradley (lead on Broadway in Swing, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bowie). She is currently recording her third album in a unique collaboration with her drummer/bassist son, Dylan Wolff, who is producing the project.
A woman who likes to take on projects, Jeannie is also working on a new video for teaching contemporary singing techniques to choir directors, choirs members and soloists. She stays engaged in collaborative songwriting, including a new project in both English and Chinese that will be distributed in China.
Experience & Education
M.A. in Independent Study program, Advanced Voice Performance/anatomy, combined with Wellness studies at Lesley University, Cambridge2005 to 2007 (2 years)
B.A. in Music. Major focus: voice, composition, Philosophy, West African Drumming at Wesleyan University, CT1900 to 1904 (4 years)