Welcome to my website. I appreciate you stopping by to visit. My name is Gene Stovall, the son of Count Stovall and Mary Mease Warren. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised as a musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA); which famous for it‘s three rivers, many bridges, skyscrapers, sports teams, steak salads, specialised sandwiches, traditional Jazz scene, grey skies, ice storms, depression, vitamin D deficiency, Yinzer-ism, pothole riddled roads, Weed culture, air pollution, universities, software engineering, robotics, Andy Warhol, August Wilson, George Benson, Gene Kelly, Billy Strayhorn, Myron Cope, Mac Miller, and a tapestry of famous and noteworthy public personalities. I currently live in Cologne, Germany.
I write and record music using two names because I have two different expectations for the manifestation of my work. After having many conversations with fans, family, colleagues, and friends about the state of my music choices, I have arrived at the conclusion that having two avenues to push music was better for my overall career in entertainment. I don't mind if people know that Gene Stovall is Geenpool, or vice versa. What is most important is that people understand that Gene Stovall is the 'Vocalist Extraordinaire' that sings standards, covers, anthems, and show tunes..and Geenpool makes experimental recordings, without a steady vibe in mind, or direction as far as style or genre.
As a recording artist, I create out of 3 different mind states. When I make beats, or produce a track, then I'm DJ STOV and I put 'DJ STOV' at the beginning, or as the intro of whatever track I'm producing. When I get lyrical, I do it as Geno Jive. I didn't come up with this name on my own, and hated it at first. The kids in my middle school made fun of me a lot, and gave me this nickname 'Jive' (among other names) because of how I dressed and acted in class. After coming to the realisation that I couldn't change how people felt about me, I embraced the name. I wasn't the coolest kid in class. I never had the cool haircut or the most fashionable clothing. My singing voice saved my life because it was the only 'cool' thing about me. Add that to an alternative styled personality and you get Eugene, but I started using 'Geno' (yet another unwanted nickname) instead and started entering talent shows. Geno was a better name to say in my rhymes, so I learned to love it. Geno Jive became my stage name all throughout my high school and college years.
I have performed and recorded the most as Gene Stovall, which is short for my actual name of Eugene Arthur Stovall. When I sing a wedding, lead a band at a wedding reception, rock the mic at a birthday party, strum an acoustic guitar under a melody at an Open Mic Night, or perform at a church service, I do it as Gene Stovall. You can learn more about my life and career in the Gene Stovall section of this website.
I am proud to have been educated by, and/or worked in conjunction with, many different people in the creative arts and institutions such as Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson and actor/director Roscoe Lee Browne, My main vocal training came by way of Pittsburgh Opera Chorister & Comprimario, David Jennings Smith. I also studied music with vocalist Maureen Budway (Duquesne University), Jazz Legend Ellis Marsalis (University of Pittsburgh Summer Jazz Program), musician Henry Biggs (Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts), musician Howie Alexander (Afro-American Music Institute of Homewood), the late vocalist Melvin K. Lewis (Metropolitan Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA.), and my guitar teacher American singer/songwriter Slim Bryant. My acting training and theater knowledge starts at home with my mother, the late Mary Mease Warren; and was later added to and refined by my father Count Stovall. I studied musical theater in high school at the Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Centers for the Musically Talented, and the Ozanam Cultural Center in Pittsburgh's Historic Hill District.
I am fortunate to have been blessed with industry friends, mentors, coaches, and family throughout the years. They gave me respect, knowledge, and warmth of family as I grew up in the underground of the entertainment industry. Without my mentors and teachers, I wouldn't have had the skill set to share the music and stage with so many awesome Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, and Soul artists; including the likes of the late Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Branford Marsalis, Stretchshino, Reggie Watkins, Ryan Porter, Orrin Evans, Sean Jones, Nas, Trey Songz, Method Man, Redman, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-ONE, Bilal, Al B. Sure, Elzhi, Dead Prez, Large Professor, Action Bronson, Sean Jones, Atmosphere, DJ Evil Dee, DJ Bonics, Damian Marley, Howard Hewett, Lenny Williams, Blue Magic, Ursula Rucker, Nappy Roots, Flobots, C Rayz Walz, Esta, J Live, Koa, MH The Verb, Buscrates, Beedie, Reverrb, Jack Wilson, Elyse Louise, Steeltown Horns, James Armstead Brown, Queen God Is, The Dugout, BZE, M Dot, Junk Science, Daru Jones, Jaron LaMont, Tim Clark, Tim Guthrie (SMILO), G. Ryin Gaines, Andy Bianco, Poogie Bell, Markila Sherman, Anqwenique Kinsel, Olamide, Dade Faison, Bert Price, King Aswad, Jason McCollum, Adam Halpin, Brady Watt, Jamal Hampton, Shirley Faison, Natalie Shugars, John Wagner, Lady Atiya, Samuel Appa, Matt Hudson, Junius Paul, Gabe Wallace, Anthony Nicholson, Will Baggett, Dave Holloway, Margot Bingham, Carolyn Perteete, James Johnson III, Rory Webb, Arianna Powell, Anastasia Hagermann, Feral Cat, Boogie Hustlers, Famous Mr. Nobodies, Dru Klein, DJ Big Phill, DJ Selecta, DJ Vex, DJ Drastik, Emmai Alaquiva, Corey Gale, John C. Hall, Paul Thompson, David Throckmorton, Miles Jackson, Patrick Whitehead, Carlos Pena, Alex Jeffe, Ayesha Scott, Andrew Kirk, Justin Bechak, Steve Palko, Jason Rafalak, Anton DeFade, Brandon Martin, Justin Strong, and the late Johnny Kemp.