The Berklee Groove is Berklee College of Music’s student voice, an online newspaper run by musicians, for musicians. The Groove was established in 1997 as a biweekly printed newspaper, but with the 2009 website launch it became an online-only publication. With articles covering the latest music industry news, show reviews, album reviews, interviews, and more, The Groove strives to provide interesting, entertaining, and relevant information for the Berklee and Boston communities.
Meet the team:
Dom Jones, Editor-in-Chief
Dom Jones, from Oakland, CA, is a voice principal and dual major in Music Business and Songwriting. A singer, songwriter, and emcee, Dom is also a budding business woman. After winning the International Songwriting Competition Winner in 2014, she released her first album, Wingspan that same year. In Summer 2016, she released her second album, a Nina Simone inspired Spoken Word project called Blackbird. At Berklee, Dom is also a member of the Executive Board of Berklee’s Black Student Union, and has produced the past two Black Lives Matter concerts in the Berklee Performance Center. In 2017, she received the Pat Pattison Award for Outstanding Musicianship and contribution to the songwriting major as well as the Liberal Arts Service Award for the ways in which she engages social justice through music. She is also the 2017 Berklee Songs For Social Change 3rd Place Winner. In addition to writing for The Berklee Groove, Dom was a Contributing Writer for Forbes 30 under 30 recognized publication, Blavity, and has been published in the Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, Teen Vogue, and other notable publications. More about her work in music, media, and journalism can be found at www.iamdomjones.com.
Ayanna Jacobs-El, Associate Editor
Ayanna Jacobs-El is a composer, producer, songwriter, singer, alto and baritone saxophonist, and DJ from Huntsville, AL. She is dual majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production and Professional Music with a minor in Writing for TV and New Media. In 2015, Ayanna released a jazz, funk, and R&B infused EP entitled Metamorphosis and in 2016 she released an EDM single titled Unbreakable. In 2016, Ayanna founded a music production company that provides affordable music for small businesses and independent projects. In addition to the Berklee Groove, Ayanna writes a personal blog about music and travel (www.ayannajacobsel.wordpress.com). Upon graduation, Ayanna aspires to compose and produce music for various forms of media as well as touring the world spreading a positive message through her music. You can learn more about Ayanna and hear her music by visiting www.ayannajacobsel.com.
Stephanie Carlin, Staff Writer
Stephanie L. Carlin is a composer, arranger, producer, songwriter, vocalist, pianist and saxophonist from Chicago, IL. At Berklee, she is completing a major in Contemporary Writing and Production with a minor in Musical Theatre Writing. She’s worked on numerous projects on campus ranging from classical to funk. Her latest songs were featured at Curtain Up, an on-campus musical theatre concert, and at the New York Musical Theatre Festival back in 2016. She is a rainbow of music and would love to explore and cover all kinds of genres in the near future. You can catch her latest releases on her Soundcloud and learn about her on her Facebook page.
Quentin Singer, Staff Writer
Quentin Singer, from Washington D.C, is a guitar principal majoring in Electronic Production and Design, with a minor in Video Game Sound Design. In 2017, Quentin released an EP entitled, Alive and Well, with his band Heavy Sleeper. Taking inspiration from classic to more modern acts such as Slowdive, Citizen, and Nothing, Quentin and the band have showcased their music across the east coast, as well as a plethora of venues in the Boston, MA area. Having a strong place for anything rock, metal, or alternative, Quentin loves writing about relevant stories to these types of genres and beyond. To see more of Quentin’s band you can check out their Facebook page Heavy Sleeper, as well as their music on Soundcloud and Spotify.
Want to learn how you can get involved with The Groove as a paid staff member, contributing writer, or street teamer? Check out our opportunities page!