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Bobby McFerrin

Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin ranks among the most distinctive and original singers in contemporary music -- equally adept in jazz, pop, and classical settings, his octave-jumping trademark style, with its rhythmic inhalations and stop-on-a-dime shifts from falsetto to deep bass notes often sounds like the work of at least two or three singers at once, while at the same time sounding quite unlike anyone else. The son of husband-and-wife classical singers, McFerrin was born in New York City on March 11, 1950, later studying piano at California State College at Sacramento and Cerritos College. After touring behind the Ice Follies, he performed with a series of cover bands, cabaret acts, and dance troupes before making his vocal debut in 1977. While living in New Orleans, he sang with the group Astral Projection before relocating to San Francisco. There he met legendary comedian Bill Cosby, who arranged for McFerrin to appear at the 1980 Playboy Jazz Festival.

A performance at the 1981 Kool Jazz Festival led to a contract with Elektra, and the following year, McFerrin issued his self-titled debut LP. With 1984's The Voice, he made jazz history, recording the first-ever solo vocal album (sans accompaniment or overdubbing) to be released on a major label. His Blue Note debut, Spontaneous Inventions, followed in 1985 and featured contributions from Herbie Hancock, the Manhattan Transfer (on the Grammy-winning "Another Night in Tunisia"), and comic Robin Williams; McFerrin also earned mainstream exposure through his unique performance of the theme song to the television hit The Cosby Show, as well as a number of commercial spots. With 1988's Simple Pleasures, he scored a chart-topping pop smash with "Don't Worry, Be Happy"; around that time, he also formed the ten-member a cappella group Voicestra, featured on 1990's Medicine Music.

With 1992's Hush, McFerrin shifted gears to team with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the record remained on the Billboard Classical Crossover charts for over two years. The jazz release Play, a collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, appeared in 1992 as well. McFerrin returned to classical territory in 1995 with Paper Music, a collection of interpretations of works by Mozart, Bach, and Tchaikovsky recorded with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, (which he joined as Creative Chair a year prior). For 1996's Bang! Zoom he teamed with members of the Yellowjackets; a second collaboration with Corea, The Mozart Sessions, appeared later that same year. With 1997's Circlesongs, McFerrin returned to his roots, recording an entire album of improvised vocal performances. He then recorded a collaborative album of classical and jazz standards for Sony Music Special Products in 2001. It teamed him with such esteemed musicians as Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A year later, Blue Note released his Beyond Words album, McFerrin's first work for the label in nearly a decade. It featured a band comprised of Chick Corea, Richard Bona, Omar Hakim, Cyro Baptista, and Gil Goldstein. Supported by a choir, McFerrin released VOCAbuLarieS in 2010. spirityouall, released in the spring of 2013, was a tribute to McFerrin's father, Robert McFerrin, whose 1957 album Deep River brought black spirituals into the world of high art. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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happyj10
Don't worry, be happy!~
Well I try.. :c
FOLLOW ME I WILL FOLLOW YOU!!!!!!!!
❤️
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Oh my gosh! That's that song from that commercial!! :-)
Im not worrying
Known for being happy but a lot more to offer than just that smile ;-)
lianamarie2
Better 2 b hated for b in self ... Than liked 4what am knot
The older I get, the more this holds true in my life!
abarr57
don't worry be happy, yes indeed!
MO' LUV!!!!!
This is my Athem
This ALWAYS makes me happy! :D
I LUV THIS ALBUM!!! I LUV ALL HIS STUFF!!! IM MOVIN INTO HIS HOUSE IF I CAN FIND IT!!! ILL STAY IN THE BASEMENT,NOB O D Y WILL B BOTHERED,I JUST WANT THE MUSIC!!!
BOBBY MCFERRIN ROCKS!!! "Hush" is the most beautiful album, check it out. We LUV u, Mon!!!!
OMG! The ads on here have gotten out of hand! I've been listening for over a couple of years and the ads used to be ok, just enough, not too overbearing. But recently, it seems they play more ads than music now. Every two songs i listen to, I get an ad. This is worse than regular radio!
skayh22
Be freacken happy
McFerrin is a genius. Watch some YouTube of his demonstratio n s with an audience.
I have a fish that sings Take me to the river, throw me in the water and this all the time. ...really!!!
baddog_504
Astral Project, not Astral Projection!
Dont worry and be happy so inspiring
Don't worry Be happy. lovely people
towdesign
i used this song to calm myself down when preparing for my architectura l license. It worked!
Good song
coconutbrain 1 9
delicious tune
I was in a pissed off mood bout something but god this song made my day :) love this song
rickiet0
oh yea it's friday
I'm not worried!
Be Happy!
LOVE IT
toadalwestbi l l i n g
I am hapy 2 lisen 2 .. !! the songs
be happy put a smile on your beak>>>>>tha t ' s better>>>try not to smile
No words to say. Just.......
am happy:)
BE HAPPY NOW!!!!!
Life happens... Don't worry, be happy!
I was getting upset and this popped on as I turned on pandora. I began to laugh and sang "Don't worry be happy"
Don't worry b happy now

U just need to listen to this to feel super cool chill
Don worry, be happy man
I saw Bobby mcferrin one time and he was awesome. I really have to thank my dad for it :) he introduced it
Outside of his work he must be chill
wrightmarvin 9 3
I happy all day man! :0) :0D
colleenthink s
I appreciate the bio section so much. love Bobby McPherin.
bigblue91
Nice!!
10chadfoya
Why are you worrying?
Never gets old. Follow me please!!!!
don't worry, be happy! reminds me of music class in 1st grade, 20 years ago...
HI I cannot say enough about this album. It is spectacular in its beauty and impressive in its scope and execution. Just mind boggling.
HI
I cannot say enough about this album. It is spectacular in its beauty and impressive in its scope and execution. Just mind boggling.
omizzle4eva
DAMN IM SO HAPPY CAUSE OF THIS SONG!!! Thank you Pandora! :)
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