I am a singer/songwritter and multi-instrumentalist specializing in both American and 'World Music' in genres. I have performed for English Soul Icon 'Omar' as well as with Grammy nominated 'Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta' among others. I also sing in 6 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Wolof, etc...) so please ask!
I am a DC native with parents from Senegal and Cape Verde West-Africa. My sound, vocally and instrumentally is strongly informed by my heritage on both sides of the Atlantic. I came up playing Rock & Funk in high school while secretly learning the music of my heritage on my own. I often perform vocals and guitar or bass live and it has shaped my approach as well. In addition I have enough experience playing latin and African music and percussion to be a solid beat programmer in multiple genres. I currently cannot provide live percussion but that will change within the year.
I'm not a fan of name dropping but it seems we all have to sell ourselves these days:
Locally, I've performed multiple genres in various projects such as Funk/Hard Rock group Lucy Brown (Megaforce/Atlantic Records), Rock power trio Sitali, Cuban Timba ensemble Orquesta Ashe and Afro-Beat ensemble Chop Teeth. I've also performed with international notables including British Soul icon Omar (RCA/Freestyle records), Grammy nominated Salsa/Timba ensemble Gonzalo Grau y la Clave Secreta and collaborated with DC Grammy nominated progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon.
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2 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jean F Varre
This is my second time working with Jean for lead vocals. I had a vision of his voice on song I was producing, I approached him with it and he delivered a great authentic and soulful performance. A good person to work with creatively. Thanks Jean!
Looking forward to the next one :)
Jean was great to work with. He did vocals for a house track that I produced. Timeline was great and so was the performance. I went back to him with suggested adjustments and he made them with ease.
Will keep him in mind for future projects. Thank Jean!