About Jeanie Tracy
The soloist is never separate from the choir. She or he works with the ensemble, often repeating the choir's words, deepening and expanding them, using call and response to bring the music higher. Often it is singing less - rather than more - that inspires the power of praise. The soloist clarifies the intention of the music and drives home the theme by rising from within the group with passionate, vulnerable, personal song.
The bass is the foundation of most musical ensembles. It is responsible for setting the musical style and harmonic structure, and for keeping the time and feel intact... Read more
Blend is the heart of ensemble singing. It is quite the opposite of singing solo. You have to drop back and find a common sound, matching the other voices in pitch, volume, tone... Read more
It really all began in the fields, on the plantations - secret prayer meetings held deep in the woods. Harmony, syncopated rhythms, blues - a whole lot of feeling...
the soloist in gospel
The soloist is never separate from the choir. She or he works with the ensemble, often repeating the choir's words, deepening and expanding them... Read more
Singing percussion is something I came to out of necessity at first. In order to complete musical ideas in an a cappella context, I realized I would need to use body sounds... Read more