New Record Pool Add! - FEATURED SPOTLIGHT ARTIST: MAVIS 'SWAN' POOLE
MAVIS 'SWAN' POOLE
"Sorry Jill Scott, not so fast Angie Stone, not that we don't love you ladies, but Mavis SWAN Poole is the clear choice for Midpoint. This street wise, world traveled, diva in the making, can sing anything she wants. Smoky jazz club ballad, neo soul funk fest, low rider speaker shaker, Mavis attacks and conquers any style that comes her way. I wonder if Mavis is the reason Lauryn Hill has gone into hiding." - MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009, Cincinnati
"Mavis can sing almost anything and has a huge vocal range, both high and low. When I asked her to do "Fly Me To The Moon," she flawlessly skipped up a whole octave at one point, becoming a soprano. She trained her radiant smile on me for the whole tune. I was in love." - LOUIS MARTIN, Editor @ CoastNews.com, San Francisco
"And of what she sang I know not, but her voice touched every chord of my being; something hand alone cannot make. A voice that takes on many shades and colors, and out pours many musical instruments that all come alive from one being…'ethereal'." -ULYSSES SLAUGHTER, Vocal stylist, technician, teacher
Crowned “Little Ellla" by the great Curtis Fuller, and guilty of inspiring people to sing because of God-given creativity, Singer/Songwriter/Composer Mavis ‘SWAN’ Poole is stirring up the music scene as we know it. She possesses an unrivaled brilliance of shattering barriers with her rich and smoky sound, undauntingly amalgamating jazz, R&B, soul, funk and hip hop. Swan is a sassy, soulful, fiery SongBird (which is the literal translation of MAVIS) whose music promises to stand the test of time.
“Bull City’s” finest was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, where she attended the very prestigious North Carolina Central University. Recording artist Lenora Zenzalai Helm, and jazz icons Ira Wiggins and Arnold George were just a few of her mentors as an undergraduate student. From there, she went on to study with such greats as Kurt Elling, Dee Daniels, Dr. Billy Taylor, Hubert Laws, Nancy King, Joey Calderazzo, Carmen Lundy, Branford Marsalis, George Cables, and gospel superstar Shirley Caesar in the 1999 Special Olympics. These experiences helped her find her unique sound and style. Swan has also worked on several occasions with dance legend Diane McIntyre and the American Dance Festival. Unsettled with a BA in Music Ed. and a BM is Jazz Vocal Studies, Swan is presently seeking her MA at Queens College, where she studies with Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, and Miles Griffith.
Swan is the recipient of many noteworthy awards, including Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Festival participant, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominee,Sister’s In Jazz (IAJE), and was honored as “Indy’s 2007 Jazz Vocalist to watch”. She is also a member of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc.
Her band ‘Soul Understated’ (co-lead with drummer Jeremy BEAN Clemons), is an entity where Swan displays her composition competence, as well as in her individual project ‘Soul Elegance’. Within these bands, Swan is sharing the stage with some of New York’s finest musicians, including Joshua David, Kevin Louis, Ben Tyree, Lakecia Benjamin, Stacy Dillard, and many more.
For booking and other info, check out the website: WWW.SWANVOCALS.COM
Artist: MAVIS 'SWAN' POOLE
Track: I'm Grown
Genre/Format: R&B / AAA / Smooth Jazz
The MP3 is now available for download by pool members