Jenni Grout


Jennifer (sometimes called "Shahinaz") is a young American singer born in Boston. The daughter of two musicians, she started taking violin and piano lessons from an early age. But most of all she loved to sing, whether it was classical or pop or R&B. At the age of 13, she began taking private classical voice lessons, and later continued her studies at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA. In 2008 she entered McGill University in Montreal as a vocal performance major. About half way through her four-year program, Jennifer became enthralled with classical Arab/Egyptian music. She bought her first oud and started learning to play. Not too long after, she was singing muwashshahat while accompanying herself and learning popular songs of Oum Kalthoum. She has studied oud with both Aziz Daouni and Mohamed Masmoudi and Arab singing with Zied Benamor and Rima Khcheich.
She worked as a musician in a Syrian restaurant in Montreal for over a year, has played in Festival du Monde Arabe in Montreal twice, attended Simon Shaheen's Arab Music Retreat in summer 2011, performed in the chorus of the Michigan Arab Orchestra in 2012, and has had a number of other gigs mainly in Montreal but also in New York City and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Now she lives in Paris, and hopes to continue both her Arabic language and music studies and dreams of one day performing this music on stage as the solo singer with a takht ensemble.