Jennifer Blades Music
Performer, Teacher, Stage Director
I have always been a performer. At the age of three, I had a doll who was as tall as I was, and she danced alongside me while I sang and played my guitar. I wish I could find the photo! I haven't stopped performing since, and I have worked my whole life to become the versatile performer I am today. If you want an example, head over to the Performer page to see an excerpt of my award winning performance as Julia Child in Lee Hoiby's one-woman opera Bon Appétit. To this day, it remains one of my proudest moments on stage.
While doing my masters degree at Peabody Conservatory, I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to stage direct, and it changed my life. I have been consistently directing since then. Being able to take a score and bring it to performance is such a gratifying experience, especially when you have a team that works tirelessly to get everything up and running. Many of my experiences as a director have been with smaller companies where the production teams do it all, and it makes the end result that much more exciting. Check out the photos from my various directing work on the Stage Director page to see more.
Then, there's the teacher in me. I did not set out to be a teacher. Teaching found me, and I have embraced it as I have embraced my students. Teaching voice and acting to singers has been so completely rewarding to me that I cannot imagine life without my students. The door is always open for new students, so head on over to the Teacher page if you want to know more about my thoughts on teaching and joining the studio.
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Available for purchase
Love, love, love! A cabaret tale of looking for love in all the wrong places, finding love, losing love, confusing love, finding love again but doubting that it really is love, and finally loving love. In her cabaret debut album, Jennifer Blades treats the listener to some of the songs from her New York debut show performed at Don't Tell Mama. Funny and poignant in turn, Ms. Blades uses her classically trained voice to sing with exquisite diction and a range that has both the high notes and the low notes expected in cabaret. One of the most beautiful songs on the album is Alec WIlder's Blue Fool, sung with a plaintive cry by Ms. Blades and arranged ethereally by Rick Jensen, music director.
Songs by Arlen, Rodgers & Hart, Sondheim, Cole Porter, and Weill as well some lesser known gems by Elmer Bernstein, Noel Coward and Alec Wilder.
Autographed copies of the physical CD are available through the website for $15 plus shipping. For more information, click on the button below.
Digital downloads available on iTunes and Amazon.
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Notice the butterflies? The butterfly symbolizes spiritual transformation, creativity, strength, and rebirth. As a breast cancer survivor who struggled with singing after chemotherapy and radiation, I find myself especially drawn to the power of the butterfly. To read more of my breast cancer story, click on any of the butterflies throughout the website.