Gabrielle Goodman

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Gabrielle Goodman (born 1964 in 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 while at the Peabody Institute and later sang with Michael Bublé 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] She attended Peabody preparatory school 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]


Goodman, a protege of Roberta Flack began her international performance career as a backing singer for Flack in the mid-1980s and continued to tour and record with the legend for several years opening for Miles Davis, Ray Charles, the Crusaders and other legends in Japan, Switzerland, Brazil and other prestigious venues all over the world. Goodman's breakthrough as a solo recording artist happened when she appeared on producer Norman Connors 1988 album Passion on Capitol Records. She was the lead female singer on five songs, including a remake of Minnie Riperton's "Loving You". She later recorded two albums Travelin' Light and Until We Love on the JMT/Verve label with German producer Stefan Winter that feature her with Kevin Eubanks, Christian Mcbride, Gary Bartz, Gary Thomas, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She produced two albums on the Goodness label, where she appears with Walter Beasley, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Bunn, Tony Bunn, and Patrice Rushen.

As a solo artist, she appeared in festivals such as the Montreux, North Sea, and Newport. She co-starred with Dee Dee Bridgewater in Montreal Canada 1998 and toured with Michael Bublé in the show Forever Swing 2001. In 2010, she appeared with the Boston Pops for eleven performances at Boston Symphony Hall as a soloist for Christmas 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 performed with the Baltimore, Syracuse, and Yamayuri Symphony Orchestras. She has a four-octave vocal range.[3]

She has recorded for JMT, Verve, and Polygram and has written and arranged songs for Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack.[4][5] She has worked as a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music since 1998.[1]

Goodman has also provided vocals for Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Patrice Rushen, Freddie Jackson, Brian Ferry, and George Duke.


As leader[edit]

  • Travelin' Light (1993)
  • Until We Love (1994)
  • Angel Eyes (2004)
  • Songs from the Book (2011)
  • Spiritual Tapestry (2014)
  • Black Portraits: (Slavery to Freedom) (2019)

As sidewoman[edit]

  • I'll Keep Running (Robert Flack) 2018
  • S.O.U.L. (Roberta Flack)
  • "Softly With His Song" (Roberta Flack)
  • More To Say (Terri Lyne Carrington)
  • "Oasis" (Roberta Flack) 1988
  • Passion (1988) Norman Connors
  • Magic Lady (1991)
  • It's Too Late (The Strangers) 1983

As a writer[edit]

  • "You Can Make the Story Right" (Chaka Khan), The Woman I Am (1991)
  • "Rap intro to A Prelude to a Kiss" (Roberta Flack), Roberta (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.
  2. ^ "Gabrielle Goodman: She Finds Energy in Jazz". Alumni Spotlight. Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Sachs, Lloyd (March 6, 1994). Ladies Sing Jazz With Mixed Results. Chicago Sun-Times. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Eng, Heather V. (January 15, 2006). He's not Simon Cowell, but this vocal coach tells it like it is. Boston Herald. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Joyce, Mike (April 10, 1989). Roberta Flack. The Washington Post. (subscription required)

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