Gabrielle Goodman

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Gabrielle Goodman (born Baltimore, Maryland) is an American jazz singer, composer, author, and associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music.[1] She began working as a backup vocalist for Roberta Flack in her sophomore year at the Peabody Institute, and later went on to sing with Michael Buble and Chaka Khan.

Early life[edit]

She was raised in Baltimore in a musical family. Her mother was a classical singer and her father was a jazz trombonist.[1] Goodman attended Peabody preparatory and briefly, Oberlin College. She transferred to the Peabody Institute conservatory where she studied under the direction of Alice Gerstl Duschak and Gordon Hawkins and graduated in 1990.[2]


She has recorded for JMT, Verve, and Polygram and she has written and arranged songs for Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack.[3][4] She has worked as a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music since 1998.[1] Over the years Goodman has provided background vocals not only for Flack and Chaka Khan but also for Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Patrice Rushen, Freddie Jackson Brian, Ferry and George Duke among others. She also toured with Michael Buble in the show Forever Swing 2001. In 2010 Goodman appeared with the Boston Pops for 11 performances at Boston Symphony Hall as a soloist for the Christmas Special Shows under the direction of Keith Lockhart. The singer had previously appeared as a soloist with the Pops under the direction of Charles Floyd in 2001 for Pops Gospel performance that year. She has a four octave vocal range.[5]Goodman got her first break as a recording artist with renowned producer Norman Connors on his 1988 Passion CD on Capital Records. Goodman was the lead female singer featured on 5 songs on the CD including a remake of Minnie Riperton's "Loving You". She later recorded two highly acclaimed CDs on the JMT/Verve label with German producer Stefan Winter.


As leader
  • Spiritual Tapestry (2014)
  • Songs from the Book (2011)
  • Angel Eyes (2004)
  • Until We Love (1994)
  • Travelin' Light (1993)
As sidewoman
  • Passion (1988)
  • Magic Lady (1991)
  • "Oasis" (Roberta Flack) 1988
  • "Softly With His Song" (Roberta Flack)
As a writer
  • "You Can Make The Story Right" (Chaka Khan) "The Woman I Am" released 1991
  • "Rap Intro to: A Prelude To A Kiss" (Roberta Flack) "Roberta" released 1994


  • Vocal Improvisation: Techniques in Jazz, R&B and Gospel Improvisation (2010)


  1. ^ a b c Symkus, Ed. (August 1, 2007). Goodman will jazz up the Fort. Roslindale Transcript.
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  3. ^ Eng, Heather V. (January 15, 2006). He's not Simon Cowell, but this vocal coach tells it like it is. Boston Herald. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Joyce, Mike (April 10, 1989). Roberta Flack. The Washington Post. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Sachs, Lloyd (March 6, 1994). Ladies Sing Jazz With Mixed Results. Chicago Sun-Times. (subscription required)

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