Go-DIVA! Productions, Inc.
Go-DIVA! Productions, Inc. co-founder, artistic director, president/CEO, professional vocalist and performance artist Jennifer Cooper offers a unique and deeply varied repertoire of entertainment, superbly executed, which is gaining her enormous popularity in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Described as having "the voice of an angel" (by Running Hare Vineyard owner, Barb Scarborough), this Maryland native's opening chapter reads like a fairytale, including a successful professional opera career, world travel, good health, a strong social network, and a lifestyle most only dream of. Then, fate took the reins... or was it destiny?
One unexpected and detrimental medical setback abruptly ended that dream. During a long and difficult hiatus from her only passion - performing - she questioned, cursed, tried, failed, lost faith, cried, raged, rested, tried again, serendipitously found inspiration, and...
...discovered a new voice within.
Jennifer now performs with a myriad of talented professional musicians in the realm of jazz, blues, and other popular genres. In the summer of 2010, she formed her band GrooveSpan which offers the widest variety of repertoire with the best quality in the region. Other musical projects created by Go-DIVA! Productions include: "Opera Night" / "Broadway Night" (dinner and showcase), "Sentimental Journey" (WWII musical tribute), "Only Yesterday" (Carpenters tribute), "Velvet Nights" (jazz cabaret), a one-woman, autobiographical musical cabaret, "Go-DIVA! ~ of Song, Silence and the Abuse of Chocolate", co-created and written by playwright, LB Hamilton. That production's sequel, "Go-DIVA! Act III: The Swan Takes Flight" served as a benefit performance that raised $5,800 for the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra, highlighting the Youth Music Advocacy aspect and mission of Go-DIVA! Productions.
Have some fun exploring the website to learn more details about these and other endeavors. Check out all the great photos and recordings too! Then, visit the Calendar of Events to catch an inspiring, entertaining, unique performance that is guaranteed to keep you coming back for more!
GrooveSpan... spanning jazz to rock, classic to modern.
Available for special events, private parties, etc.
Jennifer Cooper, vocals
Carl Reichelt, guitar/vocals
Paul Christian, drums/vocals
Rick Humphreys, sax
Bill Hones, bass
VISIT GrooveSpan's WEBSITE HERE!
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NOTE: This website will continue to include GrooveSpan events on its Calendar of Events page.
The following events include some of the highlights of 2012 that we particularly enjoyed!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2012 - 8pm
Jennifer will join forces with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kirk Wilke for a fun-filled evening of jazz and musical theater.
Come to the Cabaret and enjoy favorites (arranged by James Witherite) including "Fly Me to the Moon", "Summertime", "Can't Help Lovin' dat Man", "Nearness of You", My Funny Valentine" and more! Top off the evening with tons of laughter when you hear Jennifer's signature crowd-pleaser, "The Alto's Lament"!
Concert location is Grace Church of Fredericksburg - Center for the Arts, 1141 Heatherstone Dr, Fredericksburg, VA. TICKETS: $20/Adult, $25/Senior, Free for children under 18yrs.
Visit www.rappahannockpops.org for information and advanced ticket purchasing. Tickets will also be available at the door.
FOLLOW UP: What a spectacular evening in Fredericksburg! Deepest gratitude to Maestro Kirk Wilke, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, and all the staff, friends, family, fans and folks who contributed to such a magical night of music. Looking forward to working with the orchestra again in 2013! Stay tuned! - Jennifer 10/14/12
Jennifer will perform as guest vocal soloist at the renowned St. Mary's College River Concert Series on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 8pm. Accompanied by the Chesapeake Orchestra and led by Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag, Jennifer and several other local artists (including Don Stapleson, Joseph Norris, Rick Humphreys and Gretchen Ritchie) will entertain the masses at this widely popular summer-long series with a mix of styles including jazz, folk and pop. Arrive early, as this popular series sees thousands gather each Friday (usually around 6pm) at the Townhouse Green of St. Mary's College of Southern Maryland to stake their favorite viewing/listening spot and enjoy a picnic among friends and family while awaiting the first notes of the two-hour concert. Admission is FREE. Food, beverages, artisans and service vendors line the perimeter of the listening area all evening. For more information, visit www.smcm.edu/riverconcert/index.html. Or contact the Office of Conferences and Events at 240-895-2021.
What a wonderful experience! Thank you to all who attended and enjoyed this beautiful concert!
(Photo by Carl Reichelt)
"Jennifer, your performance last night at the River Concert was the highlight of the evening for us. The arrangements were wonderful and your interpretation of the songs was superb with all the "Sway" they needed. What a great stage presence! We look forward to seeing you at another venue soon." - Bob Boyd
GrooveSpan Trio, Jennifer Cooper, Carl Reichelt and Alex Dean will appear at the Southern Maryland Sun & Music Festival on Saturday, July 14, 3:00pm at the Kia of Waldorf Stage. Two days of music, sun and plenty of fun at the Calvert County Fairgrounds! In addition to GrooveSpan, festival goers will enjoy performances by Sam Grow Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Patty Reese, David Norris, The Piranhas, and many more! Arts and crafts, wine and beer tastings, activities and vendors galore! Supported charities include Calvert Hospice, local food banks, military organizations, Hunter's Heroes childhood cancer awareness, United Way, local parks, animal rescue and relief organizations, and others.
Pre-sale tickets: $28/1-day pass, $38/2-daypass
At-gate tickets: $32/1-day pass, $42/2-day pass
FOLLOW UP NOTE: What a great event this was! Special thanks to Kevin Herren and all the staff and crew who made this 1st Annual Festival event possible. Looking forward to next year! - Jennifer 07/16/12
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 6-10pm
Jennifer & Carl provide live entertainment, 8-10pm...
Annapolis' GALLERY ROW once again rolls out the red carpet and celebrates a new season of art, dining and entertainment. When the paparazzi position themselves outside doors of popular Gallery Row establishments, they snap pics of both famous and infamous guests walking the red carpet. Visitors to Gallery Row enjoy rare books, live music, dining, art, and one of the largest collection of black & white photos of old Annapolis. Visit the newest addition to Gallery Row - Back Creek Books & Antiques - the only bookstore in Annapolis specializing in rare, out-of-print books.
Enjoy receptions inside Whitehall Gallery, The Annapolis Collection Gallery, Back Creek Books & Antiques, Tsunami, Stan & Joes and the legendary 49 West Winebar & Gallery. Eateries along Gallery Row are offering “specials” throughout the evening. Vintage cars will line the street, upon one of which Jennifer Cooper will be perched, singing jazz, pop and all your favorites, while Carl Reichelt accompanies on guitar. Don't miss this favorite annual Annapolis event!
ADMISSION IS FREE!
What a wonderful night in Annapolis!
Jennifer and Carl spiced up the night with jazz standards, swing, Latin grooves and more as passers-by broke into dancing on the red carpeted sidewalk. Jen enjoyed singing atop a mint-condition Toyota MR2 T-Top which attracted plenty of attention as the crowd swelled and enjoyed the music all along Gallery Row on West Street in downtown Annapolis. Carl kept the grooves going as he accompanied with his smooth stylings on the acoustic guitar.
Thanks to Katherine Burke of Annapolis Collections Gallery and everyone who worked hard to pull of this night of music, art, food and fun!