Get to Know Jazz Singer Gina Marie
Although I love the sounds I grew up with like the Beatles, the Doors, or Chicago, I found most of their music unsingable because my range was higher. I could only take refuge in Brazil '66 (which began my love of Latin jazz music), but I also found that I could sing the songs of my parents' generation or the swing era.
My father was a jazz vocalist, and he excelled at songs like "Ballerina" and "I Know Why". I picked up the torch and added my own interpretations of the latter song and even some blues like "Why Don't You Do Right?" And later, I wrote my own songs that embraced the pop and Latin styles that I learned from my youth and the previous generation and culminated into "First To Last," which is now on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. Look for my picture to find me because there is more than one Gina Marie, and the first song is called "Without You", and it's what else(?), Latin Jazz!
I find inspiration in the many artists that came before me, like Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Cher, and Laura Nyro. And I don't forget the gentlemen like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, and Charles Manian (Dad)!
Because I've called myself a jazz singer, I thought it only proper to list some of the melodies I am called to sing like Route 66, Moonlight In Vermont, How Deep Is The Ocean, I Got Rhythm, Why Don't You Do Right?, Night And Day, I Get A Kick Out Of You, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Come Rain Or Come Shine, I'm Beginning To See The Light, My Favorite Things, All Of Me, At Last, Autumn Leaves, The More I See You, The Man I Love, The Girl From Ipanema, The Look Of Love, Make Someone Happy, I'll Be Seeing You, The Christmas Song, and others. If I haven't named a song here, just ask, and I either know it or I'll learn it for you.