"There's a song in their heart and a heart in their song"
Listen to "United" - the debut recording of mother-daughter duo Deborajane and Jennifer Governor - and it's easy to imagine an intimate cabaret, or a stage, or a conversation among friends. Through a treasure trove of rarely performed songs selected by Jennifer, we meet two women who share more than strong voices, good comedic timing and great genes. Traveling from Russell/Krieger's "We Share Everything" to Hamlisch/Zippel's "Don't Follow In My Footsteps" to Wildhorn/Knighton's "You Are My Home," The Governors sing universal tales that speak to every mother and every child.
Both mother (Deborajane) and daughter (Jennifer) have been performing on stage almost since birth. That experience enriches each recording with the depth of character demanded by the best of cabaret. Deborajane says, "We were both actors first. You can have a lovely voice, but if you can't tell a story, the words just sit there."
Deborajane's numerous theatrical credits include the original cast of Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" and the ABC-TV daytime drama "All My Children." Along with her performing career, Deborajane was an accomplished TV and radio reporter, and for 10 years ran Philadelphia's first health-food restaurant.
Before graduating from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, and Villanova University School of Law, Jennifer appeared in Joseph Papp's Off-Broadway adaptation of Michel Legrand's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" at The Public Theater and in many regional theatrical productions, as well as the TV daytime dramas "All My Children" and "Loving." She often performs in adaptations of the much-loved "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," where audiences favorably compare her to the brilliant Elly Stone.
Though they share a love of performing, Deborajane and Jennifer had never shared a stage until, on a whim, Jennifer entered them in TV talk-show host Sally Jesse Raphael's "Most Beautiful Mother and Daughter" contest. The contest required a talent. The Governors sang. They won.
The Governors "United' was released on the Los Angeles-based label, LML Music, in February 2005.