Jennifer Grout, BMus’12, has advanced to the final round of Arabs Got Talent, a television show that draws performers from across the Arab world. Grout, who hails from Massachusetts, is the first non-Arab to make it to the finals.
The soprano’s flawless rendition of “Baeed Annak,” a song originally performed by Umm Kulthum, a popular Egyptian artist, stunned the show’s panel of judges – in part because Grout does not speak Arabic.
An article about Fairouz, an iconic Lebanese singer, spurred Grout’s interest in Arab music. She soon began singing and the playing the oud at a Syrian café in Montreal. After graduating, she set out for Morocco, where she immersed herself in the music scene and recorded two CDs with local artists.
The final round of Arabs Got Talent airs on Dec. 7.