June 15th, 2015 | by VoiceCouncil
Vocal Coach comments from Bob Stoloff
Kerensa is a seasoned performer who demonstrates a high level of musicianship skills. Her stylistic expression is very charismatic but needs to connect more to the audience.
Kerensa Gray's bio
20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition winner Kerensa Gray is often compared to the likes of jazz royalty – Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald and contemporaries such as Diana Krall. She has shared the stage with artists such as Stellar Award Winner Isaiah Thomas and opened for Grammy and Dove award winners CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans and has served as guest vocalist for the Drew Davidsen Band.
Finding her voice first in string studies as a gifted violin student, Kerensa began working with Frostburg State University orchestra while still attending middle school. These early years fostered an unquenchable love for music and encouraged a budding artist to discover the music of her own soul. As a gifted songwriter, this dynamic vocalist brings fresh insight and infectious energy to her approach of beloved classics and a transparency in her songwriting that speaks to that for which we all yearn – truth without compromise. Kerensa’s music finds balance in her ability to skilfully interweave melodies of jazz, blues and folk music into a sound that is undeniably and uniquely her while her talent as a gifted vocalist unearths yet unseen perspectives into the standards that are the soundtracks to our lives.
This singer was an entrant in our competition which ended on January 15th 2016.
The overall winner received:
- 1000.00 in Prizes (USD or equivalent)
- Feedback from Celebrity Vocal Coaches
- Media promotion for You and Your Music