First female Coffeehouse performer makes debut

By Pete Kulick
December 4, 2003

Pete Kulick

Coffeehouses are a dime a dozen, but the acts that perform in them are anything but.

The room was dim, except for the purple lights hanging from the rafters. A lone piano stands centered on the stage that is set for an unknown singer/songwriter, Jennifer Marie.

A run of the blender mix between Janis Joplin, Christina Aguilera, Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette, Marie captured her audience’s attention at the Jazzman’s Coffeehouse on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Marie took an unexpected career path towards music stardom. After graduating with pre-law degree, Marie decided her music was a dream that needed to become a realization.

As Marie sat behind her piano, students were apprehensive about what to expect. As she belted out the lyrics to her opening song, students were taken aback by her amazing voice. “It was good; soothing,” senior Laura Giorlando said.

While most singer/songwriters in today’s music scene express themselves artistically for financial reasons, Marie sang from the heart. Pouring everything she had into her songs, Marie was authentic.

This could be said of songs like “Ode To Youth,” or “Addiction.” Marie dealt with issues identifiable for college students. Marisa Castellana, a junior, said, “Her lyrics were about situations in life, they make you think about things differently.”

Marie’s song “Too Much To Take” seemed to strike a chord with students in the caf

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