Genna Giacobassi is originally from Lansing, MI. Her parents are both musicians and she grew up surrounded by, and immersed in, music. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy High School, where she studied voice. A rebellious spirit, she put aside a future in performing the works of others in order to obey her internal muse. In 1995, still a teenager, she dropped out of school and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to hone her performance and songwriting skills. Her soulful voice is at once easygoing and acrobatic, with hints of Billie Holiday, Ricky Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Joni Mitchell. As a songwriter, she is influenced by the jazz, blues and folk music of her youth, Motown, the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and John Prine, and is currently obsessed with Harry Nilsson.
Genna's ArtPrize Entries
These are Genna's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.