GiGi's Jazz

Night Journey Rewind

Grace Gigi Smitherman was born in Georgetown, Georgia, on New Years Day and later growing up in Pennsylvania; she is a successful business owner who always had dreams of being a jazz singer. Gigi got her musical inspiration when she was growing up in Pennsylvania; her first memory of music was of Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee at the young age of 5 years. She started piano lessons at the age of 7 and often played for the church choirs. 

GiGi has developed a unique vocal and writing style which mirror female artist as; Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn and Phyllis Hyman. Grace has been named "Gigi” by her many fans, cause she always carries a beautiful handmade fan that won her the tag “The Lady With The Fan,” wherein her female admirers/fans are so uniquely named “Fanistas”!

With her cool but sensual singing style, writing ability, and her fortuitously elegant looks, Gigi took the jazz community in Lake Charles by storm in the late 2012. Her writing style strikes fairly close to that tradition-mode of Jazz that captures the imagination of the listener. Gigi brings the audience a rich, full sound that posses varied registers that soothes, delights and seduces her listening audience. A fan recently commented of Gigi: “Smooth as fine wine, she graces the stage with style and glamour along with adding a little sass to her performance.”   Please sit back and enjoy the journey gigi will take you on about her life and career.  Contact information for GiGi   Rashid Bahati 8306 Wilshire Blvd #227

Beverly Hills, Ca 90211 phone number 323-781-8838   email



Grace Gigi Smitherman and Jairus Daigle Celebrate Launch of New Music in Cannes, France

21 June 2016, LAKE CHARLES – Grace Gigi Smitherman, Jazz vocalist and songwriter with Lake Charles own, Violinist/multi-talented musician, Jairus Daigle celebrate the successful release of Gigi’s new single, This Doesn’t Feel Like Love, at Midem, the global music conference in the south of

France. Observing its 50th anniversary, Midem took place in Cannes, France, from 3-6 June. On Sunday, June 5, Gigi with Jairus and Imari Miller preformed at the release party during Midem.

Both Grace Smitherman also known locally as Gigi "The Lady with the Fan," and successful entrepreneur, along with Jairus Daigle launched her new single recording This Doesn't Feel Like Love. Gigi’s launch party was hosted by USA based Entertainment Company, Afrique360 Screening Series in conjunction with AFI World Peace Initiative and ISI Professional Services. We were very enthusiastic about supporting Gigi as she not only launches her new single and also as she launches her professional music career at the international music industry gathering in Cannes, said Rashid Bahati, Founder of Afrique360.

Featuring Jairus Daigle a talented violinist and Berklee School of Music graduate, This Doesn’t Feel Like Love is a romantic ballad written by Gigi which captures the passion of a women that not happy about her romance. Local Lake Charles, pianist and producer Chester Daigle, who is also the Founder of Jazz in the Arts, are producing the album.

Also appearing at the launch party was emerging musician and singer Imari Miller from Washington D.C., who preformed beautifully and has an amazing vocal range. Jairus accompanied Imari on violin. Visit Gigi online at her web site: for information about her release party in France.


Featured this week on The Jazz Network Worldwide:  Vocalist, Grace “Gigi” Smitherman debuting her original single “This Doesn’t Feel Like Love”.


Grace “Gigi” Smitherman is becoming among contemporary music's most stylish and sultry vocalists; while often-blending R&B and Jazz in her new original single “This Doesn’t Feel Like Love”.


Formally known as “Gigi” ~ “The lady with the fan” for she always has a beautiful handmade fan adorning her performances.  Her female fans are known as her “fanistas”.  Her cool, sensual singing style is geared toward the ‘senior set’ as her performances are reminiscent of days gone by when jazz standards were held in high regard in the music community. Gigi’s style and elegance upon the stage exudes confidence and reverence for a style of music that tells a story, from upbeat tempos to sensuous ballads. She developed her unique vocal and writing style through the influences of: Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn and Phyllis Hyman.


Gigi began singing again after a hiatus of running a large corporation in New Orleans and decided to get back on stage and allow the songs in her heart to be written and heard.   Her performances are geared toward the contemporary senior community that loves to reminisce through legendary jazz music.  In 2012, she took the jazz community in Lake Charles, Louisiana by storm.


Her writing style captures the imagination of the listener with a rich, full-bodied sound that soothes, delights and seduces her audience. A fan recently commented of Gigi: “Smooth as fine wine, she graces the stage with style and glamour along with adding a little sass to her performance.”


“I remember the day when Gigi reached out to me for promotion, she shared with me that she had accomplished much in her life and felt that the music that ran through her veins was going to have a platform.  She noted that her age was not going to stop her from enjoying her God-given talents.  She wanted to relate not only to a new audience but to give the “sophisticated audience” a place to listen to the jazz standards they know and love” says Jaijai Jackson of the Jazz Network Worldwide.  


Gigi’s focus is to continue to compose original songs and to breathe life into the love of music she has in her heart.  “This Doesn’t Feel Like Love” is just the beginning of the musical offerings being originated by this sassy chanteuse.  The mature audience setting is where she thrives, with a purpose that no matter how old you are, you can enjoy America’s musical art form and have fun remembering just how nostalgic life can be through the musical presentations by “The Lady With The Fan”.  Gigi seeks to perform for jazz societies, upscale fundraisers, senior communities and philanthropic events that support health, wellness and spiritual growth and is currently writing for her upcoming CD due early 2018.


Be sure to catch “Gigi’s” feature on The Jazz Network Worldwide this week at  To learn visit Gigi’s new website at