Hi, my name is Erienne Romaine, and music helps me sustain my well-being more than most anything else. I sing, play piano, and also attempt to compose music and pluck some things out on guitar. When I'm not taking music too seriously, I'm being slightly eccentric by doing occasionally productive things such as writing poetry, trying to figure out how to say 'beautiful' in Swedish (which is 'vacker', I think), discussing existence, or reading the dictionary... ...more
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Victory Concert CD is a live recording from her October 1st, 2006 performance, where she triumphantly returned to the stage after serious medical challenges that kept her from singing for almost a year. This recording features Erienne and eight world-class musicians, performing new material, as well as new arrangements of some favorite cuts from her debut CD. There are also a few of Erienne's most memorable
monologues from the concert, as well as a bonus track from a live performance later that month.
You can listen to sound samples at Erienne's sound page...click here. You can order safely and securely right here...just go to our online store and place an order right away! To order by mail, send a check or money order for $20 + $2 s/h to 4505 W. 36th Ave., Denver, CO 80212. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Erienne's medical care, as well as the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (www.jazzarts.org).
If you attended the concert, this CD will help you remember and perhaps share the incredible gratitude, love, and celebration of that evening. If you were unable to attend, you can find out what you missed! Either way, this CD invites you to laugh, cry, and groove to some hard-swinging music by some incredible musicians.
I've got some gigs coming up that I want you to know about. You can check out my schedule at my gigs page. Also, when I'm feeling like rambling about life, then I'll post something on my blog. Check 'em out!!!!
The Rocky Mountain News and News4 Colorado, have recently run stories about Erienne and her battle with AVM. Click on the images below to read/see more about this effort to get the word out about Erienne!!
Victory is in sight for a 14-year-old professional singer whose unusual brain injury threatened her life and her family's finances.
"I'm having a craniotomy for my birthday!" said Erienne Romaine of Denver, who...more-->
Erienne came into this world seeming to know just what she is here to do. She started singing Frank Sinatra tunes at age two, and has continued to joyfully immerse herself in music ever since. She sat in at Denver's famous El Chapultepec with Denver's equally famous saxophonist Billy Tolles when she was three, which turned into an annual Christmas event. She was accepted to the Denver School of the Arts at age 10, and began singing in their fantastic vocal program. Ever seeking to know more, she started studying jazz piano as well as theory, and in 2002 she started playing piano at the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Wendy Fopeano started teaching her jazz vocal lessons, and in December 2003, at the ripe age of 12, she landed her first singing gig as a leader at Dazzle. Erienne smartly took advantage of her familial "connections" and surrounded herself with some of Denver's finest musicians. A natural performer, she felt at home on the stage, and started working even harder. She had subsequent gigs, and wrote her first original, Serenade Me. She won awards at local jazz festivals and at school, began performing for audiences of 1000 at her church (Mile Hi Church), and in December of 2004, she went into the studio to record her first demo CD. In March of 2005, she performed live on the jazz radio station, KUVO, and then did a live studio recording in May which featured two more of her originals.
In July, as Erienne was rehearsing for her first wedding gig, she collapsed and had a seizure. It was later revealed that she had a hemorrhage in her brain, caused by a ruptured vein in what is called an "arteriovenous malformation." Apparently she was born with the malformation, and until it ruptured, no one had any idea that it existed. She made it through the hemorrhage, and is now at home awaiting a series of embolization procedures and brain surgery, all of which is expected to take a few months. One of the most challenging parts of this experience for her is that she is not allowed to sing.
Erienne was without health insurance at the time. Her parents are self-employed in the music business, and were in the process of enacting a plan to be able to purchase health insurance in the near future. Incredible kindness and generosity from family, friends, and the medical community have enabled them to begin to make deposits and payments, and to schedule the procedures. The need is still great, and friends and family decided that making a CD out of Erienne's demo recording and recent performances would be a great way to raise funds. You can hold the result in your hands by clicking here.
Erienne and her family are viewing this experience as an opportunity to discover "gifts" hidden within what appears to be a crisis. There are so many lessons to be learned, and so much love to be shared. Apparently, these gifts and lessons are to be found on "the scenic route." Beauty and magic can be missed when we stick to the shortest, straightest, fastest route. You are asked to sit back and enjoy the scenic route, and join them in envisioning Erienne being completely healthy, fully recovered, and singing her music again.