Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin

About Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin’s parents were both opera singers, and his father was the first African American male to sing leading roles at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

∙ His unmistakable vocal technique, encompassed by a four-octave range, combines elements of scat singing, polyphonic singing, and improvisational vocal percussion.
∙ Before recording his debut album, McFerrin avoided listening to other singers for two years, because he didn’t want to be influenced by their styles.
∙ McFerrin’s The Voice, released in 1994, was the first-ever solo jazz album recorded with no overdubbing or accompanying musicians.
∙ His global hit, 1988’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” won two Grammy Awards and was the first a cappella song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
∙ McFerrin won 10 Grammy awards and scored 18 nominations for his career-spanning work as a jazz and pop vocalist and classical arranger.
∙ In 1989, McFerrin wrote and performed the score for the Academy Award-winning documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, about the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
∙ At age 40, he began a new career as a conductor, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra named him its creative chair in 1994.

  • HOMETOWN
    New York, NY
  • BORN
    March 14, 1950

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