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Changamire

REVIEWS

It's difficult to nail down just what makes her voice so darn compelling. Maybe it's the comfort and familiarity, maybe the confiding honesty. Whatever the case, it works exceptionally well. — Todd S. Jenkins, AllAboutJazz.com

...[one] of the Top 50 songs of the past [2002] year that got the MOST inquiries and/or requests! — Al Santos, Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM, Washington DC

...[one of] the most satisfying releases by area artists in 2001 — Eric Brace, The Washington Post

A jazzy chanteuse with the pop sensibilities in the vein of Cassandra Wilson and Anita Baker, Changamire has it all: immaculate phrasing, tastefully restrained vibrato, a taste of honey in her tones, delicate songwriting, and fitting accompaniment that neither towers over nor cowers beneath her. — Joseph McCombs, Starpolish.com

Honey-coated singing backed by lush sounding strings and sizzling jazz drumming. Changamir�'s voice has an intimate vibrato that teases its way around the words to her pleasant originals and standards. — Jesse Terry, Listen.com

Une vocaliste jazz comme on en entend que trop rarement. — FranceMP3.com

Soft jazz vocals with lush strings. Just when you thought you'd have to start unboxing those old LPs. — The Tucows Music Network

....a wonderfully talented jazz singer.....pitch accuracy and vocal tone quality is right up there with the "top-shelf Divas" - BRAVO!!! — General Jazz Music Director, MP3.com

....when I really want to relax and just drift away in a good song performed by someone with an exquisite voice, I listen to Changamire. This young woman is fabulous! — Fred Wheeler, Minnesota Coalition Records

BIOGRAPHY

Changamire began listening to her Aunt's Jazz albums at age 13. She was immediately attracted to the singing of Billie Holiday but, mainly enjoying R&B as a young teen, did not pursue Jazz right away.

At 18, Changamire rekindled her love for Jazz, listening then to Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Dakota Staton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone. She began singing at jam sessions around the Washington, DC area. While attending one of those sessions, a seasoned musician told her in front of the audience that she should return to the session at a later date, once she learned music. The embarrassment ran her away from the music scene. Shortly after, she decided to take voice lessons.

Changamire was introduced to Glenn Turner, the pianist for Gil Scott Heron during that time. Mr. Turner became her first vocal coach, and their sessions increased her love for music and introduced her to recording. He recorded each voice lesson to use as learning tools for Changamire. Together they recorded Jazz standards and Glenn Turner originals. She later studied with Ronnie Wells and the legendary Charlie Hampton of the Howard Theatre. Eventually, she began performing in intimate Washington venues, always filling them to capacity.

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Tags

Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

Washington

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

With self- released projects under her belt and her management of projects for other artists, Changamiré authors and instructs Recording Project 101®, a proprietary, innovative program that teaches students how to navigate the recording process, meeting great success at the D.C. Music Center, Northern Virginia Community College and U.S. News-ranked Howard University.

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Love

Sonnig Records
2014

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Only Human

Sonnig Records
2001

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Videos

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