[SONGWRITER - MUSICIAN - SINGER - PERFORMER]
New Zealand born songstress Jan-Marie is a gifted singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jan-Marie’s unique indie music style is a blend of funky folk rock, smooth roots and soul fusion with electro pop flavours to keep the groove moving along.
Jan-Marie’s raw talent as a musician has evolved from an early age as a budding piano and guitar player with her main influences coming from the depths of her musical family roots going back many generations. Performing in school concerts as a solo musician and band member, growing up singing and playing guitar with other musos as much as possible, living in New Zealand was inspiring and motivating for Jan-Marie but curiosity snuck up and next thing she was on a plane to Australia. Setting off to travel around the world with just a guitar and a backpack gives an avid songwriter many inspiring moments to write about and many reasons to savour and share the magic of these everlasting memories. On her journey it was not uncommon to see Jan-Marie performing in some of the world’s most exotic locations like Fiji, Thailand, New Zealand, Mexico, US and UK.
After moving to Australia with strong Kiwi roots Jan-Marie worked with other international bands and artists including Paul Ubana Jones, Alchemy Duo, Wingin’ It, Wired, DJ Trixta and recorded her 1st 4 track demo album with Kosha. Jan-Marie became interested in the world of DJ’ing playing with local and international DJs in Perth and around Australia. At this time Jan-Marie got involved in many projects including music production for a full length documentary for Proud TV, regular headlining DJ, TV shows, performing as an indie artist, and a radio DJ with her own music show Subsonic Beats, Jan-Marie’s passion for music was just getting ignited.
Home was the 1st full length folk rock album to be released in 2010 written about life and growing up in NZ and discovering who you really are for the first time. Jan-Marie released a music video called “Home” which was filmed on location in NZ in 2011. This album is a blend of funky folk rock, pop, ballads and a pinch of blues thrown in the mix.
Artists featured on this album were Bradley Noy on drums, percussion,backing vocals and keyboards; Alex Ibarra on lead guitar, Max Davis (Jan-Marie's Father) on rhythm and 12 string guitar and also showcases his blues harp on "I've got the jailhouse blues" (lyrics by Oleh Pylypenko); and Paul Wood on bass guitar.
Then Jan-Marie released her 2nd album “Highway in the Sky” in 2012. This eclectic 10 track album of folktronic and dance music has become popular on internet radio, overseas and local radio stations and has attracted interest from Australian filmmakers who have used 2 of Jan-Marie’s tracks: “In the dreamtime” and “Holding on” from the album “Highway in the sky”. Jan-Marie is currently working with a Euro DJ recording vocals for dance tracks. Jan-Marie and Bradley Noy released their first futuristic hi-tech dance track with an animated video clip titled “Highway in the sky” in 2012.
Highway in the sky showcases Jan-Marie's love of electronic dance music with a funky folk feel. Guest artist Bradley Noy features on this album on drums and percussion and Alex Ibarra on rhythm and bass guitar. Jan-Marie composed and produced this album on her own and plays many of the instruments herself on the album including guitar, keyboards, main vocals, backing vocals and bass guitar. This album was created to give Jan-Marie the chance to be fully creative and share her love for cross-over music styles with everyone.
Jan-Marie also has guest artists on the album called Back 2 Back, featuring Frank Conditsis (Hollywood) who performs the lead and bass guitar and also backing vocals on the funky retro dsico track titled "I wanna thank you". Frank and Jan-Marie worked on this album for a year and Frank has a great ability to put together chunky guitar riffs and memorable guitar licks with his keen ear for retro pop and his style of white man's funk! Jan-Marie's long time friend and band buddy Bradley Noy will also be peforming on drums and percussion on this album. Bradley also joins in withe some creative backing vocals on a few tracks on the album.
Now the chic urban songstress is offering you her latest and 3rd album titled “Travel This Road” which is due for release in 2013. Recorded in Melbourne, Australia, Jan-Marie called on the expertise of her musical friends to work on this 10 track electro-acoustic pop album with her. Bradley Noy keeps the beat alive with his freestyle funky drumming and Sharmila Periakarpan fused the whole mix together with her melodic and sassy flute, ambient violin and beautiful vocal harmonies. On the album Jan-Marie has created textured layers of orchestral synths, chunky basslines and catchy melodies to support meaningful songs. Jan-Marie’s sultry vocals compliment the host of instruments played by Jan-Marie on this album including guitar, keys, bass guitar and percussion.
Performing solo just as comfortably as with her band, Jan-Marie tells a story with every song which will touch you deeply on a soul level. Jan-Marie has played many festivals gigs, venues and events and has a natural ability to captivate her audience by making them feel like they are in the moment with her while exploring compelling themes of love, life and lessons learned along the journey. Jan-Marie’s shows are a pleasure to watch and an even richer experience to listen to as her voice transcends you to another place. Always full of surprises with her catchy tunes, groovy dance vibes and addictive beats. She gets you into the mood then it’s hard to resist singing or tapping along with her.
Jan-Marie is taking her latest album of folktronica “Travel This Road” on the road touring around Australia. She will share her vision and stories about preserving our environment for the future., enlightening and entertaining as much as possible along the way. Jan-Marie will continue performing all around the world for years to come.