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I am a big fan of Bobby McFerrin. I don’t know if his records sell well, but I have several of them and play them constantly.

I think the song Ave Maria goes well with the season, being Easter Week and all, but even non-catholics will like the song as is was written over a Bach prelude. I hope you enjoy it. To watch Ave Maria played and sang by Bobby McFerrin click here.

I would also like to share this improv session by Bobby McFerrin, to watch it click here.

I encourage you to search Bobby McFerrin in Youtube, there’s a lot of good stuff. Mean while, here’s a little information about Bobby:

Robert “Bobby” McFerrin, Jr. (born March 11, 1950) is an American vocalist and conductor. He is best known for his 1988 hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy“. He is a ten-time Grammy Award winner. He is well known for his unique vocal techniques and singing styles.

Bobby McFerrin was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of operatic baritone Robert McFerrin and singer Sara Copper. He attended the California State University, Sacramento.

Bobby McFerrin married Debbie Green in 1975. They have three children.[1]

McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was a No. 1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors. McFerrin has also worked in collaboration with instrumental performers, including pianists Chick CoreaHerbie Hancock, and Joe Zawinul, drummer Tony Williams, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

As a vocalist, McFerrin often switches rapidly between modal and falsetto registers to create polyphonic effects, performing both the main melody and the accompanying parts of songs. He makes use of percussive effects created both with his mouth and by tapping on his chest. McFerrin is also capable of multiphonic singing, as observed in his song “Drive” from the 2005 DVD Live in Montreal.[2]

A notable document of McFerrin’s approach to singing is his 1984 album The Voice, the first solo vocal jazz album recorded with no accompaniment oroverdubbing.[3]

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