Monday, December 9, 2013

Cambridge MA Woman Singing Sensation in Middle East

[From article]
Jennifer - from Cambridge, Massachusetts - is the daughter of a pianist and a violinist and started studying music at the age of 5. She says her ethnic background is English, Scottish and Native American.
She was studying opera at McGill University in Montreal when she first discovered Arab music.
In 2010 she found a video by the Lebanese singer Fairouz and got hooked on Arabic music, buying a traditional lute-like instrument called an oud.
'I've been working on it and practicing a lot and I listen to it all the time,' she told the show. 'I get a translation or I have one of my Arab friends do a translation for me.
'It was a little bit strange for my family in the beginning, but now they totally support what I do.'
She asked for a one-way ticket to Morocco for her college graduation gift and she has been living there since last year.

The 23-year-old from Massachusetts taking the Middle East by storm: American girl finishes THIRD in 'Arabs Got Talent'
American singer Jennifer Grout, 23, placed third in Arabs Got Talent Saturday night
She wowed the judges and audiences with her performances of classical Arabic music
Grout started studying music when she was just 5 years old
She was first exposed to Arabic music while studying opera in college
After graduation, she asked for a one way ticket to Morocco, where she currently lives
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 21:38 EST, 7 December 2013 | UPDATED: 21:38 EST, 7 December 2013

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