Lorraine “Lolo” Gervais is a jazz and R&B singer whose warm and soulful vocals, stage presence and warm relationship with her audiences have made her a favorite on both the local scene and when playing different venues and festivals up and down the west coast and beyond. She’s known for being a consummate and versatile entertainer who brings a sassy elegance and contemporary feel whether it’s singing Neo Vintage Jazz— or belting out Classic R&B and Soul. Singing onstage since childhood, Lolo has truly lived her life in music.
In March 2018, Lorraine was awarded Best Local Performing Artist in Nevada County for the 3rd year in a row. Nevada County was recently named 1 of 16 "Culturally Designated Districts" by the State of California for it's rich and diverse representation and community involvement in the arts.
She started singing at public events when she was 5 along with her mother, a classically trained singer, and then moved on to follow in the footsteps of her jazz and blues singing, piano playing grandmother who began touring in the 1920’s, playing roadhouses and nightclubs around the country.
After living in Europe for some years, Lolo began performing in nightclubs throughout the West Coast—LA to Seattle and everywhere in between. Clubs, festivals, galas, non-profit benefits, house concerts, parties, touring and recording have been the mainstays of Lorraine’s professional life since the age of 15.
In addition to being a singer, performer, band leader and opening for headliner artists such as Mavis Staples, Tower of Power, Rachelle Ferrelle, Charlie Hunter, Wesla Whitfield, John Hammond, and many others, she has sung on many commercial projects and has released 7 jazz influenced albums (4 with her jazz band Lolo Gervais), and a Christmas album partnered with guitarist Tony Unger.
In the role of concert producer and mentor, Lorraine Gervais Productions has showcased regional artists and vocalists who live in Northern California. Her large vintage style tribute shows, co-produced with The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, have highlighted music in many genres—from jazz to country to R&B and soul to rock and pop, and have been wonderfully successful in bringing audiences of different musical tastes into each experience — all 17 of them! In these productions she has mentored less experienced singers into the world of professional stage performance by bringing them in as both background and lead vocalists, teaching them how to interact with professional musicians, how to manage stage confidence and develop their own stage presence and style. Lorraine also recently served as the Music Mentor Program Coordinator for a free community music mentoring program with The Center for the Arts, funded with a 2 year grant from the Irvine Foundation, The California Arts Council, and other entities. This groundbreaking program brought 50-60 members of the community together every Monday night for 40 weeks in creating a safe, supportive, and fun environment for people to participate in making music together in a band setting with professional musicians to guide them.
Photographer: Kim Sayre
What People Are Saying…
"An exceptional group of musicians led by the entertaining and divine voice of Lorraine Gervais. I highly recommend this group for any festival or venue that wants to make patrons happy!"
Julie Baker. Executive Director
The Center for the Arts
Grass Valley, CA
"They took the stage and proceeded to raise the roof! The music they produce is sublime and yet very fun, and the performances are full of some serious kickass playing.”
Ft. Collins News & Arts Lincoln Performing Arts Center Fort Collins, CO
"The jazzy/bluesy stylings of Lolo Gervais and her accomplished sidemen infuses vitality and brings to life songs originally designed for the commercial top 40 market. These new arrangements, greatly enhanced by the adventurous chordal voicings and rhythms of pianist Jacob ...... strips away the excessive pop dross in the original productions to reveal the core essence of the songs through Lolo's passionate singing. As a genuine chanteuse with impeccable taste, Gervais makes these songs her own, drawing favorable comparisons to Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker but with a very unique and highly soulful take on these modern classics. She's an absolute force."
Oz Fritz - 2016 Grammy award winning engineer/mixer Tom Waits/Primus/Bill Laswell/John Zorn
"A class ensemble, making modern music sound so retro and timeless, maybe even for the better! Definitely a party! Love their creative artistry and the sheer joy and fun coming from lead singer Lorraine Gervais."
J. van Dijk, Sound Diva, KVMR DJ and Morning show host - June 2015
"When I discovered Lolo Gervais, I knew I had found the absolutely perfect group. The lead singer, Lorraine Gervais, with her velvety soulful voice and original renditions of songs and Jacob Aginsky on piano -- where did he learn to play like that? Pure entertainment! The best party we'd thrown so far!"
Mary Anne Davis Event Manager The Union Newspaper Grass Valley, California