Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Jenni Alpert (birth name: Cameron / Cami) was born in Los Angeles, CA and adopted out of the foster care system at the age of four. With the encouragement and support of her adoptive family, she learned to play the guitar and began writing and recording songs early.
With her honest rich songwriting and soothing musical melodies, songstress Jenni Alpert’s haunting, powerful, and sultry voice has gained the respect of fans and music tastemakers worldwide (AOL music). Her emotionally driven songs weaves a unique web of eclectic Soul-Americana Pop. As familiar with jazz and Americana as she is pop, Alpert graduated from UCLA from the Ethnomusicology Department in Jazz Vocal Studies after completing a four-year jazz program headed by Kenny Burrell. No stranger to the recording studio, Alpert has released 8 albums, partnered up with Steve Greenberg from S-Curve Records for her most recent Live in the Studio release Until Then featuring guitarist Guthrie Trapp, and has independently toured over 14 countries with regularity.
Upon reuniting with her biological father who was homeless, addicted, and running from the law at the time, yet a musician just like her, a documentary team made a short doc called Homeless: the Soundtrack directed by Oscar-nominated, Peabody and Emmy Award winning documentary film director Irene Taylor Brodsky, produced by Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz about the early stages of their first encounter and the unfolding of the journey of their biological reunion capturing the unique bond they share. Now, almost five years to date of their meeting, the two currently travel, speak, and perform sharing their biological reunion adventures and creative approaches towards transformation in story and song together as Community Service Performing Artists at Rescue Missions, Homeless Shelters, and local venues around the country alongside supporting the making of the short documentary under the name Cami and Don, The Biological Duo. Read More
Homeless: The Soundtrack is an independent short documentary created and directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky produced by Chockstone Pictures and Vermilion Films about the early months in reunion of my birth father and I which explores the dichotomy of two totally different worlds where music bonds together an incredible relationship and underscores an extraordinary transformation after having been separated for over thirty years. Watch Here.
After years of being estranged from both her birth parents from having been placed in the foster care system to be adopted out in the early years of her life, having missed the opportunity to met her birth mother when she was still living, years later with the assistance of a private investigator, Alpert found and reunited with her biological father. During their first meeting, which was initially all that had been intended, upon introducing herself as her birth name “Cami” to connect the early dots of both their pasts, she discovered he was happily homeless, running from the law, and addicted to drugs, yet also a musician just like her. A few weeks into their reunion, her birth father chose to leave a life of petty crime and drugs behind to join forces with Alpert. As their incredible developing relationship took flight, she met Chockstone Productions producers Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz who upon hearing details their reunion story and reading ‘Home is Where My Heart Is’ the self penned article by the duo about Alpert’s adoption and their biological reunion story edited by friend Mayim Bialik and published by Groknation, Chockstone producer Steve Schwartz introduced Alpert to award-winning, Oscar nominated, Peabody and Emmy award winning documentary film director Irene Taylor Brodsky who later followed, filmed, and interview the dynamic duo during the second phase of their relationship detailing their life stories apart as well as their reunion and life now together. As Alpert aided her birth father through different stages of rehabilitation, acclimation, and self-discovery alongside getting to know him personally and musically, they began developing recording and performing music as a dynamic biological duo team. Documentary maker Brodsky filmed many days of them together editing what was to become the documentary short Homeless: The Soundtrack which to date was selected and screened at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and honored with a Jury Award, won best short film at Nantucket Film Festival 2018, Honorable Mention at the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jury Mention Award at Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, screened at the Laemmle Royal Theater in West Los Angeles, was shortlisted for an IDA award in the short doc category, and is scheduled for A National release on streaming devices later this year.
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Over the five years of their reunion together, The Biological Duo continued to perform with a purpose in various settings spanning from Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission (for those experiencing homelessness), Celia Center (support for the fostered, adopted, and all members of the adoption ‘constellation’) events, as well as for programs hosted by Temples, Churches, and Schools to name a few, sharing in story and song to support transformation and advocate on creative solution solving surrounding topics such as homelessness, addiction, incarceration, foster care, adoption, biological reunions, and living amongst society standards with unique learning skills and special differences. “Home is Where the Heart is Program” features singer songwriter Jenni Alpert otherwise known as her birth name 'Cami' and her birth father Don Logsdon billed as Cami & Don The Biological Duo sharing story and song about homelessness, addiction, incarceration, foster care, adoption, reunification, and transformation through the journey of their reunion.
2016: Aiding Don in his decision to turn himself in, stop using, and try a new life
Today Jenni Alpert also known as "Cami" (her intended birth name that she reclaimed when with him later in life upon finding and reuniting with her birth father years after being adopted out of the foster care system at age 4) offers various programs to nonprofits and organizations that include a private screening of the short doc Homeless the Soundtrack (26min) about the early days of their reunion story finding her birth father homeless, addicted, and running from the law but a musician too, snippets of video interviews of Don from Don's Take (7min) that include speeches he gave after he chose to try something new, turned himself in, partnered with his daughter as his advocate and shadow and transformed from a self identified vagrant to a self reliant volunteer, readings of quotes and excerpts from the Memoir Home is Where the Heart is An Adoption and Biological Reunion Story, a short live music performance of one or few songs from the film (if additional time permits, 15min), along with a moderated Q & A should their transformation story in support of creative transitions, healing, and the reshaping approaches with homelessness, addiction, incarceration, biological reunions, adoption, and difference to challenging the stigmas that occasionally surround these topics be a compatible fit. In addition, after being awarded a private by the Michael Doman Artists Foundation, Jenni Alpert (Cami) continues to develop and implement Arts Programs for those experiencing homelessness and is currently running and facilitating a fine arts program in Los Angeles called Art of Expression where Hope of the Valley clients and resident participants can paint, write, and craft for their very own upcoming Newsletter she's designing for them called Village Voices as well as she will be running the first pop up Cami's Coffee and Chess Open Mic at the Hope of the Valley Van Nuys Rescue Mission Resource Center for clients and residents.
Adoptee - Jenni Alpert (Cami) Jenni Alpert (Cami) - Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Jenni Alpert (Birth name: Cameron, Cami) was born in Los Angeles, CA and adopted out of the foster care system at the age of four. She started to sing and play piano while staying in various foster homes. With the encouragement and support of her adoptive family, she learned to play the guitar as well and began writing and recording songs early. With her honest rich songwriting and soothing musical melodies, songstress Jenni Alpert’s haunting, powerful, and sultry voice has gained the respect of fans and music tastemakers worldwide. Her emotionally driven songs weave a unique web of eclectic Soul-Americana Pop. As familiar with jazz and Americana as she is pop, Alpert graduated from UCLA in the Ethnomusicology Department after completing a four-year jazz program headed by Kenny Burrell. No stranger to the recording studio, Alpert has released 8 albums and has independently toured over 14 countries with regularity. Upon reuniting with her biological father who was homeless, addicted, and running from the law at the time, yet a musician just like her, a film team decided to make a short documentary entitled Homeless: the Soundtrack directed by Oscar-nominated, Peabody and Emmy Award winning documentary film director Irene Taylor Brodsky, produced by Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz about the early stages that unfold the journey of their biological reunion capturing the unique bond they share. Until Don's recent passing from liver failure due to his old way of life, Cami and Don spent the five years of their reunion performing and sharing their biological reunion adventures and creative approaches towards transformation in story and song together alongside supporting the film as a duo under the name Cami and Don,The Biological Duo. Today, Jenni Alpert (Cami) continues to share their story and songs in his honor to carry on Don's inspirational transformative legacy with hopes to help others do the same.
More About The Cami and Don Adoption, Biological Reunion, and Transformation Story The Memoir: Home is Where the Heart Is, An Adoption and Biological Reunion Story / The Cami and Don Story and the journey of the adopted self. In a world where homelessness is more prevalent today than ever, one biological reunion tackles the impossible. Years after being taken away from her parents as a baby by the state and then given up for adoption at age four, singer-songwriter Jenni Alpert (birth name “Cami”) went searching for her birth father and finally found him homeless, addicted, and running from the law. Yet, also a musician like her. Together they embark on a journey of profound transformation as she pioneers a path to her birth father’s release from the legal system, the cycle of homelessness, and street crime through unique solution solving systems inspiring both others experiencing homelessness, addiction, and loss to find transition in resilience along the way. This dynamic story represents the ultimate impactfulness of creating togetherness despite dichotomy through overcoming life’s advisories creatively as their incredible reunion over the course of five years breaking the stigmas and spawning profound transformations. While on the journey of discovering the roots of her adopted self, this biological duo explores their two vastly different worlds as music melds between them an incredible bond. They embark upon a journey of an extraordinary partnership as "Cami" (Jenni Alpert) ultimately pioneers a path to her birth father’s release from the legal system halting his street crime and cycle of homelessness creatively through unconditional love for good. Their story continued to unfold throughout their five years together in the most profound of ways as Don transforms from self identified vagrant to self reliant volunteer with his daughter's advocacy, shadowing skills, unconditional love and support as they shared their musical bond exuding compassion and love encouraging other adoptees, birth families, as well as those experiencing homeless and addiction facing traumas with testimony and tune along the way.
The Short Doc:Homeless: the Soundtrack This independent nationally released short documentary captures the early stages of singer songwriter Jenni Alpert aka Cami and her birth father Don's reunion and intimately documents this courageous journey nestled in the larger pressing issue of homelessness not only in Los Angeles, but all around the globe. Today Jenni Alpert continues to honor her late birth father Don in his recent passing in sharing their stories and songs with others facing similar challenges though not limited to homelessness, addiction, incarceration, foster care, adoption, and birth reunions in support of creative transitions with various programs and events. Private screenings available.
Don Logsdon and Don's Take
Don Logsdon - the biological father of singer songwriter Jenni Alpert (aka birth name) "Cami" used to be addicted and running from the law while straddling incarceration and homelessness but also unbeknownst to them alike, was a musician just like his daughter. Upon their reunion five years ago while discovering their mutuality in music and attachment, he bravely chose to change his life and try new things introduced to him by his daughter to develop a deeper relationship with her. As their music kinship and personal relationship solidified, together the two embarked upon a unique reunion journey that lead them to performing music together as ‘Cami and Don the Biological Duo’ independently around Los Angeles and eventually the US for various organizations: Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Van Nuys Help Center for the Homeless, Celia Center a support organization for the members of the Adoption Constellation: fostered, adopted, first/birth families, adopting families, therapists, and social workers, Concerned United Birthparents, The Covenant House, Second Nurture an organization designed to help prepare and pair families with children available for adoption, Recycled Resources for the Homeless, Hollywood Food Coalition, and National Rescue Missions to name a few - performing, speaking, and sharing stories about their biological reunion, transformation, and the impacts foster care, adoption, homelessness, addiction, incarceration, and support or the lack thereof have on any individual connected to these topics offering ideas on how to uniquely solution solve to overcome or work with them. He is also the other subject with his daughter in the up and coming short documentary Homeless: The Soundtrack directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky produced by Chockstone Pictures and Vermilion Films about the early stages of their reunion and their miraculous biological journey to transformation as well as has left with us a series of fantastic speeches of perspective on Adoption, Reunions, Homelessness, and Life called Don's Take also available for viewing as well.
ZOOM & FACEBOOK LIVE EVENTCelia Center Presents: Home is Where the Heart is An Adoption and Biological Reunion Story - a Special Evening of Performance, Film, Memoir, & Q & A with singer songwriter and formerly fostered adoptee experienced in biological reunion Jenni Alpert (aka “Cami” of Cami and Don The Biological Duo). Jenni Alpert (aka “Cami” of Cami and Don the biological duo) will share her biological reunion story, songs, clips from Don’s Take, and a with Q and A about her memoir moderated by Jeanette Yoffe with a one-time only complimentary private screening of the short doc Homeless the Soundtrack about the early stages of their reunion when she goes looking for her birth father, finds him homeless, running from the law, addicted yet a musician just like her for donors and support group attendees at the end on zoom only.
ART OF EXPRESSION:ARTS PROGRAM FOR HOPE OF THE VALLEY CLIENTS AND RESIDENTS: A program for those experiencing homelessness to create a newsletter of their own called Village Voices implemented this October and November in my birth father Don's honor. Thank you to Harout of Hollywood Disc Printing for manufacturing the fall edition newsletter and to The Michael Doman Artist Foundation for making this program possible. Additionally custom "Feel Free and Rest a While ~ Manhattan Don"benches have been placed at Hope of the Valley sites so that Don will forever provide a seat anyone who may need to take a rest. Thank you to the generous donors who contributed to make this possible as well.
DUE TO THE SUDDEN PASSING OF MY BIRTH FATHER THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED HOWEVER PACKAGES WILL BE SENT OUT TO EACH RESCUE MISSION IN HIS HONOR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Rest in Peace Don Patrick Logsdon Dec 15, 1960 - Aug 18, 2021 . 6:10pm Loving Spirit, Musician, Craps and Poker Player, Chess aficionado, funny highly intelligent, brilliant giving person, my birth father and best friend.
This Aug you can follow us around the country virtually or come visit us in person as we take our Home is Where the Heart Is Story and Song Program to Rescue Missions and Homeless Shelters on a Trek around the United States. With the support of a grant from the Michael Doman Artists Foundation and partnerships with several non profits and rescue missions we will be bringing story and song about creative solution solving suggestions for transitions and transformations.
For the Month of July, join us with Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission at their various shelters and campuses.
New Merch for the Road thanks to Harout at Hollywood Disc and Print!!!
New single called Constellations written with and produced by Shane Alexander mixed by Brian Yaskulka featuring Stevie Blacke on strings while mastering with Eric Boulanger at Bakery Mastering. The Adoption Constellation is a term that was coined by a professor and writer Michael Phillip Grand who understood that the adoptee and all the components connected to them were part of one larger bigger thing and so he drafted the metaphor of “the constellation” as a new way of thinking about adoption to help map it out, connect all parts, and heal the “primal wound” for all connected components - the birth parents, the adoptive parents, adoptees, sometimes formerly fostered in foster care like me - placement agencies, attorneys, social workers therapists, birth and adoptive siblings etc... to show that we are all part of one Adoption Constellation - all parts of one greater piece together.
Stay tuned for the release of the both film / one man play @ghost kingdom written and performed by playwright, actor, and fellow adoptee Brian Stanton about his search for this birth father and the soundtrack for it composed by yours truly this fall and will debut at the National Association of Adoptees and Parents Annual Conference Sept 10th.
READ - Epoch Times Article: Father Daughter Duo written by Masha Savitz Local singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist, Jenni Alpert, was born in the Los Angeles area and adopted out of the foster care system at age four. Years later with the help of a private investigator, she locates and reunites with her birth father who was running from the law and homeless at the time. Discover their shared musicianship the two form a bond as she becomes an advocate for transformation for her birth father.
WATCH - NBC Nightly News with Gadi Schwartz: Father And Daughter Duo Reunited In Song Singer-songwriter Jenni Alpert grew up with a supportive adoptive family who encouraged her to pursue music. Nearly 30 years after he lost her to adoption, she reunited with her birth father Don Logsdon, who turns out to also be a musician as well. After helping him through his recovery the two continue to share their lives and music together to help others today.
A three-part series where musician Jenni Alpert (birth name: Cami) and her birth father Don share the details of their biological reunion journey upon Alpert reuniting with her biological father through the help of a private investigator. Published by Groknation, edited by Mayim Bialik.
WATCH - Documentary Short Trailer Homeless: the Soundtrackdirected by Irene Taylor Brodsky. This is a Short Documentary about foster care, adoption, homelessness, addiction, and an extraordinary biological reunion. After being taken away from her birth parents as a baby by the state and given up for adoption, singer-songwriter Jenni Alpert birth name: “Cami” went searching for her birth father. She finally finds him: homeless, running from the law, addicted. And a musician, just like her....
PODCASTS: Adoption and Biological Reunion Story
LISTEN To Who Am I Really Podcast#1A Podcast that features adoptees and their stories hosted by fellow adoptee Damon Davis. An Interview about adoption and reunification with fellow adoptee Jenni Alpert (aka birth name Cami) who shares the story of going undercover as her birth name Cami and finding her birth father Don homeless on the streets of Long Beach.
LISTEN To Who Am I Really Podcast #2 A Podcast that features adoptees and their stories hosted by fellow adoptee Damon Davis. An Interview with Jenni Alpert (aka birth name Cami) about the aftermath of what it is like to lose a birth parent who passed away after spending years in positive reunion as she has since the passing of her birth father Don, and how to walk through the grief with gratitude.
LISTEN To Adoption: The Making of Me Podcast A podcast that features adoptees and their stories hosted by adult adoptees Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne. In their podcast interviews with other adoptees, these two delve into all things adoption, from their perspectives as adult adoptees, to DNA testing, to nature vs. nurture and beyond with honest conversations about all things adoption. Both were adopted shortly after birth, but they had very different experiences. Each season Sarah and Louise recap a chapter from a book centered on adoption and then interview a guest. Tune in below to our interview together as Jenni Alpert aka Cami shares her biological reunion story when she found and reunited with my birth father Don later in life who was homeless at the time, ultimately partnering with him through their shared talents in music as volunteers while supporting him as his advocate and shadow.
LISTEN To A More Beautiful Life Podcast hosted by Kate White Recognizing, appreciating, and integrating earliest life experiences. Hear Relinquishment, Separation, Adoption, and Baby's Experience Panilest Jenni Alpert (aka Cami) share her earliest memories in foster care, about her adoption and her biological reunion story.
LISTEN To Blood's Call Podcast hosted by fellow adoptee J.R. Rivero Kinsey with singer songwriter adoptee Jenni Alpert as she shares the very unique story of her birth-family, and the equally unique way she's built a relationship with her birth-father, Don, who she came to discover was also a musician.
WATCH NAAP Adoption Happy Hour (National Association of Adoptees and Parents) with a mission to unify the adoption community. Tune in with host Marcie Keithley featuring adoptee Jenni Alpert (aka birth name Cami) who shares her biological reunion story.
LISTEN To Don's Take in soundbites as he details his experience when his daughter Cami (Jenni Alpert) finds him later in life after she was taken away by the state and given up for adoption as well as his perspective on homelessness, addiction, incarceration, and adoption.
Proud to announce that as a fellow fostered and adoptee, I have been invited to join a plethora of amazing panelists, speakers, and performers having been asked to co-host and perform live during the virtual #NationalAdoptionConference hosted by Celia Center, Inc. created by Founder Fostered Adoptee and Clinical Therapist Jeanette Yoffe. This year on Sat Nov 14th . 2:15pm | Save the dates: Nov 14th & 15th : Check out the program here, get your tickets, and join us
“American singer-songwriter Jenni Alpert otherwise known as (her intended birth name before it was changed in foster care and upon adoption: Cami) is a performing songwriter, singer, guitarist, and pianist. Born in Los Angeles and adopted at the age of four, she started to sing and play piano while staying in various foster homes and began writing songs early. Upon becoming the first Jazz vocalist accepted to UCLA’s four year Jazz Music Ethnomusicology program lead by Kenny Burrell, Alpert took up the guitar as well and began to write and record songs on both instruments independently releasing over 6 albums and touring in over 14 countries to date. Shy of four years ago she found and reunited with her birth father who at the time was homeless, running from the law, and addicted, but a musician as well. Through their biological reunion and unprecedented partnership their reunion story and her birth father’s transformation inspired the making of a short documentary “Homeless: the Soundtrack” directed by Emmy Award winning director Irene Taylor Brodsky discovered and produced by Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, which garnered several film awards, featured at Tribeca Film Festival, and is scheduled for international release later this year. Currently, the two perform and speak publicly as Cami (aka Jenni Alpert) and her birth father Don the Biological Duo sharing their story and song in support of transitions and transformation.”
Fellow fostered and adoptee singer songwriter Jenni Alpert aka her intended birth name ‘Cami’ and her birth father Don perform and share a bit of their reunion story during #NationalAdoptionConference
During the conference, my birth father Don was invited to close out this weekend of the #NationalAdoptionConference by Celia Center, Inc. He. Is. So. Cool.
Host: Jeanette Yoffe "Rock out with birth father: Don Logsdon, the biological father of singer songwriter Jenni Alpert aka birth name Cami used to be addicted and running from the law while straddling incarceration and homelessness but also unbeknownst to them alike, was a musician just like his daughter. Upon their reunion shy of four years ago while discovering their mutuality in music and attachment, he chose to change his life and try new things introduced to him by his daughter to develop a deeper relationship with her. As their music kinship and personal relationship solidified, together the two embarked upon a unique reunion journey that now has lead them to performing music together as ‘Cami and Don the Biological Duo’ for various organizations: Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Van Nuys Help Center for the Homeless, Celia Center, Inc. for the adopted and fostered, and Concerned United Birthparents, to name a few - performing, speaking, and sharing stories about their biological reunion, transformation, and the impacts foster care, adoption, homelessness, addiction, incarceration, and support or the lack thereof have on any individual connected to these topics offering ideas on how to uniquely solution solve to overcome or work with them. He is also the other subject with his daughter in the up and coming short documentary Homeless: The Soundtrack directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky produced by Chockstone Pictures about the early stages of their reunion and their miraculous biological journey to transformation."
Lots of cool events going on in the next few months. We will be joining people all over the city to join in conversations about topics ranging from Homelessness, Foster Care, Adoption, Reunions, and Transformation. For more information and performance times during events see below.
Springs Rescue Mission These photos are of a profound moment listening to my birth father Don speak when we visited with, performed for, and spoke to folks at Springs Rescue Mission in Colorado Springs, CO while we were granted an opportunity to visit Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival where Homeless: the Soundtrack was screened. WATCH HERE
This is moving program was hosted by Beth AM and moderated by Mayim Bialik with singer songwriter Jenni Alpert (also referred to by her birth name Cami) and her birth father Don, subjects from the film Homeless: the Soundtrack. Here they were invited to share their personal reunion journey, speak on many themes related to the bravery of transformation, homelessness, addiction, foster care, adoption, and biological reunions offering encouragement and empowerment to communities at large, and to perform original music together.