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Vanisha Gould, a 21-year-old jazz vocalist and composer from Simi Valley, California, is currently finishing her senior year at Berklee. Her father, a jazz flutist, and her mother, a vocalist, made sure that she and her brother were always surrounded by music.
Gould attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Performing and Visual Arts for one semester before her family moved to Cedar Hill, Texas. She completed her high school education at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she was a member of the Lab Singers and the school’s Jazz Combo. During her senior year of high school, she was a finalist for the Grammy Vocal Jazz Ensemble and went to Miami as an NFAA YoungArts finalist for vocal jazz.
In addition to these accomplishments, she was awarded a scholarship to Berklee, where she has performed with professor Ron Savage, Grace Kelly, and Grammy Award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington. She was also the second vocalist to be in Berklee’s prestigious Global Jazz Institute, studying under Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, David Gilmore, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, and Marco Pignataro.
After earning her degree in professional music from Berklee, she plans to move to New York at the end of the year to further pursue her career as a composer and performer.