Vanessa Perea is a jazz vocalist who embodies the tradition of the masters. She swings hard, sings beautifully with a sweeping range, and can really tell a story.
She began her musical journey since the moment she could talk; singing in her school choir and children’s church choir. At the age of 10 she started taking piano lessons and at the age of 12 she began classical voice lessons. In high school, she was involved in staged musical productions and became the cantor at her church. In a desire to continue pursuing her passion for music, Vanessa attended New Jersey City University where she studied with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, Roseanna Vitro, and operatic-soprano Donna Connolly. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Music Education.
After graduating university, Vanessa started working as a jazz vocalist in the NY/NJ area performing with numerous ensembles.
She released a co-lead album with trombonist and husband, Robert Edwards entitled “Play Date”(2019). She is a member of the band, The Ladybugs, where she sings and plays snare drum & percussion. Vanessa currently lives in NYC and you can see her at jazz clubs all over NY, NJ & PA.