Grace “Gigi” Smitherman lived in New Orleans for several years before being displaced due to Hurricane Katrina. She is a successful business owner who’s always had dreams of being a jazz singer. Grace grew up listening to and singing jazz from a very young age, but not professionally. Born in Georgetown, Ga, on New Year’s Day, Gigi grew up in Pennsylvania; Gigi developed an early love for jazz and popular music on records and the radio. Her first memory of music was of Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee at the young age of 5 years. She started piano lessons at the age of 7 and often played for the church choirs.
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