"Jennifer Grout, an American phenomenon stuns the Arab World with her voice"
- Youssef Sourgo, Morocco World News
"Surprising New Face in Arabic Music"
- Lindsay Crouse , The New York Times
Jennifer, the American singer from Arab's Got Talent, grew up in a family of musicians and began her artistic career as a classical singer. A native of Boston, MA, she studied at Longy School of Music and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Later, she attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in classical voice. While living in Montreal, she developed a great interest in Arabic music; she learned to play the "oud" (Arabic lute) and began listening to well-known Arab singers such as Fairuz and Oum Kalthoum. She quickly became involved in the community of Arabic music in Montreal where she studied with several teachers, including Aziz Daouni, Zied Benamor and Mohamed Masmoudi, and picked up a side job of performing Arabic music regularly at a local Syrian restaurant called "Kaza Maza." Jennifer began an ongoing study of Tarab singing with Mr. Mohsen Soua, the administrator of an exclusive classical Arab vocal music forum called "Zaman Al Wasl." Throughout her studies, she also performed with the Michigan Arab Orchestra under Michael Ibrahim, and attended renowned Simon Shaheen's Arabic Music Retreat in Massachusetts, where she took voice lessons with Rima Khcheich and had her first solo debut.
In 2013, she had the chance to appear on MBC's Arab's Got Talent, singing pieces by Oum Kalthoum and Asmahan, and managed to come in second place. She went on to participate in several festivals and performances in different countries around the world including Lebanon, Dubai, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Canada, Qatar, and the USA. Jennifer has recently started a project with a Takht ensemble in Brooklyn of exclusively Tarab music. She has also been nominated for the Sharjah Prize for the Promotion of Arab Culture, and continues to strive to serve as a bridge between America and the Middle East through her deep love of music.