Giovannie Pierre-Louis, professionally known as ItsGiovannie, along with several of her Haitian compatriots, endure life well. Gio was born in Brooklyn to an Italian woman who couldn’t kiss her biracial children and a Haitian drug kingpin father who was exiled at the age of 2.
After being kicked out of school for behavioral epidemics, Gio was sent to Haiti to live with her father. In Haiti, she learned to appreciate the little things in life and discovered her love for music.
ItsGiovannie has been involved with music as long as she can remember. Her early musical abilities are not surprising given the musical background of her family. her father was a producer and sound engineer, and her uncle played guitar / bass and piano in the group Kompa ZORO.
Gio’s musical development is influenced by the music of Haiti, which is a combination of European music derived primarily from French and Spanish influences from Cuba and the Dominican Republic border, as well as African migration through slavery.
Upon returning to the United States, Gio’s younger sister, Cassandra, died in a fire at the age of 15. For years, she struggled with pain, self-loathing, and began to struggle with the weight of it. Gio felt very lonely and became deeply depressed.
But in 2010, following devastating earthquakes in her home country of Haiti, ItsGiovannie inherited a music studio her family had run for years. She discovered a new passion for life! She found a new love for music. Gio continued her education at Stonybrook University with a degree in premedication and respiratory therapy and began writing and producing her own music.
Gio knows that with God at her side, everything is possible for her to achieve her goals and make her dreams come true. “I had a difficult childhood,” she says. “I get a lot of emotions and ideas from my journey, and I want my audience to connect with this experience, I’m going to the extreme!”
Gio wants her music to be heard around the world to promote Haiti and to also continue her sister Cassandra’s creative musical legacy. Gio’s music’s universal edge bridges many gaps. It ranges from Neo-Soul, to Jazz, to R&B and Hip-Hop – but there’s no limit to the sounds ItsGiovannie brings forth as she draws inspiration from her life’s lessons and blessings.
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