MUSIC - Janine Gilbert-Carter - Vocalist


Music, in all its forms, has been a part of Janine's life from the beginning. She was introduced to gospel, Jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. Her "musical journey" began in the church as a member of the choir in Aliquippa, PA. From her singing there, opportunities to sing expanded with "solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA, which performed for some of Braodway's most exciting musicals," and she continued to pursue music as a life goal.

Janine moved to the Washington DC area in 1988. In the summer of 1996, She launched her career with a performance at the New Genesis Baptist Church. Since then she has performed with "the Washington Performing Arts Society Men & Women of the Gospel Mass Choir and has shared the stage with notable artists such as Tramaine Hawkins, Oleta Adams, Regina Bell, Ann Nesby and Donnie McClurkin and Sweet Honey in the Rock for WPAS's Annual Gospel concert held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC."

Janine on Reverbnation

She has performed at many DC jazz venues over the years. She performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival, which has evolved into the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, The Lowes Madison Hotel, Kaufmann's, Laporta's, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The Mandarin Oriental, The U Street Jazz series concerts held at the Islander in Washington DC, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival and the legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley in addition to several prestigious White House Events. During her jazz performances (over the years), "she has shared the stage with area-wide jazz musicians like pianist Aaron Grave, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, Chris Grasso and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James King, Saxophonist Paul Carr and percussionist Nasar Abady, Jeff Neal and the late Ricky Loza and Mike Smith."

Janine's style has earned her recognition through the awards received at numerous competitions. She was a finalist in The Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund, Inc. (FMJS) competition in 2003, and in 2004, Baltimore's Mayor's Billie Holiday vocal competition, and a quarter finalist in the 2005 American Traditions competition in Savannah, GA. In 2006 Janine joined the cast of "Sistas Can Sang, A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends" where she portrays the legendary Dinah Washington.

Her discography, "Good Spoke To Me" (2003), "In the Moment" (2003), "A Song For You" (2006), In A Silent Tear (2009), "At Last" (2013), "The Classic Sounds
of Christma" (2017) and "My Foolish Heart" (2018).

Janine can be seen at Laporta's Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, VA every Thursday night, and at venues in the wider DC area, and abroad when she is touring.


My Foolish Heart (2018)

Janine Gilbert-Carter has certainly established herself as a world class vocalist beyond the environs of the Washington metropolitan area where she has resided since 1988. Janine cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her life. She was introduced to gospel, jazz and blues by her parents and grandmother who recognized her talent at an early age and encouraged her to sing in their church choir in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. She soon joined the Bach Choir, performing European classical music and Broadway popular songs. ~ ~ Isra Box

A Song For You - Live at the East Coast Jazz Festival

Janine Gilbert-Carter is a journeyman jazz singer who does everything well. She delivers the goods even if it is without the fanfare given to lesser singers. Like many other singers, she began singing in church and has released both gospel and jazz CDs. Winner of the 2002 Absolute Jazz competition, the Pennsylvania native regularly performs around the Washington, D.C., area. ~ Donna Kimura - Jazz Review

"There are some albums that you like for their virtuosity and planning, and others that you appreciate because everything falls into place, regardless of the individual pieces. Recorded live at the 15th Annual FMJS East Jazz Festival in the Washington D.C. area, singer Janine Gilbert-Carter leads her combo through a dozen well-worn tunes that have everyone popping their fingers for an album's worth of soulful jazz vocals.". ~ MICHAEL P. GLADSTONE - All About Jazz

"For her fourth album, genre-jumper Janine Gilbert-Carter evens out her repertoire of recorded gospel and jazz by balancing the scales with another jazz album. This one is a live set from a Washington DC-area jazz festival, though one can hardly hear any response rom the fans on the recording. The set holds primarily to some of the classic standards, using the songstress' full-sounding voice in what almost seems an Ella Fitzgerald-inspired phrasing from time to time." ~ Adam Greenberg -


Janine Gilbert-Carter - Somewhere In My Lifetime

Janine Gilbert-Carter - Embraceable You

Janine Gilbert-Carter - Stormy Monday

Janine Gilbert-Carter sings - At last