Janie Barnett, Kristin Cifelli, & Carrie Cheron
Virginia native Janie Barnett’s last Americana album release, “You See This River,” landed on numerous top picks lists and garnered this kind of praise: “Janie released one of the very best albums in the Americana universe in 2017, and likely this decade.” (Jason Valasquez of “the Greylock Glass.”) And from the “Lonesome Highway site: “A very impressive body of songs that just gets better with repeated listening.”
Janie began her performing career in New England, coming up and doing shows with stalwarts Bill Morrissey, Patty Larkin, and Buskin and Batteau. During the years in which she raised her daughter, Janie was in New York, rising to become one of the top session singers in the business. During that time Janie sang with some of the greats – Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, and Celine Dion, to name a few – and has been heard on countless national commercials, films, and artist CDs.
With her 2017 release Janie re-launched her solo career, did an artist residency at City Winery in NYC and parlayed this into shows up and down the east coast listening rooms.
Her current projects include a new album of original material, and a collection of Cole Porter songs under the name “Cole Porter’s Fiddle” treated to Janie’s style of “Brooklyn-branded Americana.” When she is not touring or recording in her Brooklyn studio, Barnett spends time at Berklee College of Music, mentoring emerging singer-songwriters.
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Boston Music Award Nominee, Kristin Cifelli has been on Berklee’s Voice faculty since 2001, specializing in coaching singer/songwriters. She has toured the country, sharing the stage with artists such as Jeffrey Gaines, Chris Trapper, Marshall Crenshaw, and Rita Wilson. Kristin’s 2011 release, Middle of Nowhere, attracted the attention of folks from hipsters to hippies, with its earthy, yet modern sound. She is currently at work writing songs for a new release.
Kristin Cifelli’s voice is a practiced instrument; she is in full control while singing with thrilling emotion – striking, tender at one moment – then powerful, soaring, carrying us along to a musical and lyrical peak.” (WCUW 91.3 FM, Worcester) “…She’s got the voice, the talent and the originality while she breaks from the pack of local songwriters with the best of devices: realness.” (Northeast Performer). “The music has a twangy dreaminess about it that would make Chris Isaak sit up and take notice.” (indie-music.com). “…I think there’s no justice if she doesn’t become really successful…” (Brad Delp of BOSTON); and simply, “Stunning” (Cape Cod Journal).
Multi-genre vocalist and songwriter Carrie Cheron has been captivating Boston audiences for two decades. Praised for having the “the voice of an angel,” and for “powerful” performances of “unfeigned expression,” Ms. Cheron has graced the stages of Club Passim, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre, the BSO, Great Waters Folk Festival, the Bitter End, NYC’s Living Room, and countless national and international venues.
A nationally recognized performing singer/songwriter, her original compositions and singing have been celebrated by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, NEMO Music Makers Competition, Great Waters Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. She has shared the stage with such acclaimed artists as Sweet Honey In The Rock, The Barra MacNeils, Northern Lights, David Jacobs-Strain, Anais Mitchell, and Edie Carey.
In recent seasons, Ms. Cheron’s performing has been focused largely on classical stages, including baroque and newly composed opera, oratorio and art song, and Bach’s larger works and cantatas; but always a well-rounded, inspired, and genuine song interpreter, she has maintained a schedule of folk, cabaret, musical theatre, and Americana performances, including regular performances as the go-to non-classical vocalist with Skylark Vocal Ensemble. Her voice can be heard as the opening solo track on their Grammy-nominated album, Seven Last Words. Carrie Cheron’s is a comforting yet plaintive voice of thoughtful storytelling, regardless of genre.
Carrie Cheron is an Associate Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music, where she is honored to guide the voices you’ll hear at Club Passim for years to come.