MP3 Janey Clewer - EASY LISTENING: Crooners/Vocals
Beautiful love songs by a sophisticated singer/ songwriter.
11 MP3 Songs
EASY LISTENING: Crooners/Vocals, EASY LISTENING: Love Songs
“Janey” is the first of many self-produced solo CDs that begin to tell a story of her life and the people near and dear to her heart. It is a collection of 11 songs, all penned by Janey, except “Can’t Let You Go With My Heart”, whose lyrics were written by Linda Thompson (lyricist of “Grown Up Christmas List” and so many more...) Long time friend and brilliant singer/songwriter RIchard Marx, sings background vocals on this song. Randy Waldman (Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles. Beyonce...) is such an integral part of this CD. He produced “Even If You Walk Away”, his amazing piano playing is featured throughout and his string arrangement on “Love Like No Other I’ve Known” will break your heart. The vocal mastery of Bill Champlin (Chicago, Son’s of Champlin) can be heard on the hit “Fallin’ In Love” and the genius Marc Jordan (Rod Stewart, Cher...) is the backing vocalist on the haunting “Two Shooting Stars”. Bruce Gaitsch’s extraordinary guitar work (Madonna, Richard Marx, Elton John...Janey’s husband) can be savored throughout her CD. Sit back and enjoy the beginnings of a prolific songwriter and singer’s journey.
Singer-songwriter, Janey Clewer, began her love affair with music from the early age of three when she received from Santa a toy piano. While finding her way effortlessly around the piano, she enjoyed singing with her mother, often taking the harmony part. At age five, she treasured her new real piano and began her classical studies with Virginia Reinecke.
Her training on piano continued seriously until the age of 17. All the while she sang and composed for the thrill of it and joined her first pop band at age 15. Janey played keyboards and sang on weekends at local night spots until she decided to enter renowned Indiana University''s School Of Music where she received her Bachelor''s Degree in Voice, studying with Grammy Award winning Wagnerian soprano Eileen Farrell of the Metropolitan Opera. While attending I. U., she appeared regularly in a 9-piece show band and at various clubs with a jazz trio singing pop and jazz favorites as well as her own compositions. Two of her performing highlights during her I. U. years were when she opened for Mercer Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and for Maynard Ferguson and his Orchestra.
One month after graduating, Janey moved to New York and began freelancing as a singer at various clubs. Shortly afterward, she began a nine year association with Julio Iglesias, with whom she performed all over the world as backup singer and featured vocalist. Among the performances she regards as most special are an appearance at the White House before President and Mrs. Reagan. Janey did not go unnoticed singing with Julio. It was because of her featured duets that she performed SRO (standing room only) for eight nights as a solo act in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
In between her solo and touring commitments, Janey moved to Los Angeles where she honed her skills as a songwriter and session singer. She did session work for records, film, television and commercials. She has performed and recorded with such stars as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Elton John, Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, Peter Cetera, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Williams, Harry Connick, Jr., Cher, Kenny G., Nick Lachey, George Benson, Olivia Newton-John and Mel Torme. On television, she has appeared on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, and has performed for many soap operas and sitcoms. She also served as Music Director, vocalist and keyboardist for “Into The Night” Starring Rick Dees. Her singing credits also include films such as; The Net, Aladdin, Species, City Slickers Two, Batman, and countless commercials such as McDonalds, Levis, Honda and Mercedes-Benz.
As a songwriter, she has written many songs for both her own recordings and for others. Her first CD, released on MCA Records was A Starlight Christmas. Janey wrote or co-wrote and co-produced the entire CD with her partner Randy Waldman. She was also a featured vocalist on half of the CD. Guest stars include Patti LaBelle and Kenny G, among others.
Additionally, Patti Labelle''s Christmas CD, This Christmas, includes two of Janey''s songs "Twas Love" and "I''m Christmasing With You". " ''Twas Love" was her single. Both "Twas Love" and "I''m Christmasing With You" have been included on several compilation CDs.
Janey also has four solo CDs that have enjoyed successful releases, particularly in Japan: Janey, Call me Romantic, and When Stars Collide and Perfume. Well-known vocalists such as Richard Marx, Peter Cetera, Eric Carmen, Marc Jordan, Bill Champlin and Timothy Noble sing backgrounds or duets with her on some of these CDs. In 1999, she released her compilation CD entitled Kiss By Kiss and in 2001 she released an instrumental CD One On One with her husband, guitarist Bruce Gaitsch with Janey on piano.
Other artists who have recorded Janey''s songs include French singing sensation Lara Fabian. Lara recorded "Je T''Appartiens" on her Pure CD which to date has sold 3 million copies in France alone. "Je T''Appartiens" is also included on Lara Fabian Live and Lara Fabian’s Box Set. In August of 2001, Lara recorded another song co-written with Janey entitled "Bambina" for her CD Nue. In the summer of 2002, it was included in Lara''s limited edition digipak single "Aimer Deja."
"The Last Words You Said", co-written with Richard Marx, was recorded by Sarah Brightman for her CD Eden. This song is also included on The Very Best Of 1990-2000 Sarah Brightman.
Other artists to record Janey''s songs and instrumentals are renowned producer, guitarist Jay Graydon, singer-songwriter Bill Champlin (member of Chicago), Wendy Moten, Randy Waldman and Bruce Gaitsch.
Janey''s English adaptation "After The Rain" for the 2002 EUROVISION 4th place song winner "Il Faut du Temps", was released in the summer of 2002 by French BMG artist, Sandrine Francois, on her Maxi CD.
Olivia Newton-John recorded a duet with Richard Marx that Janey co-wrote with Richard Marx, entitled "Never Far Away". It was released in Australia in November of 2002 on her Olivia 2 CD.
Lara Fabian recorded “Bambina” for her new live acoustic CD entitled En Toute Inimite. “Bambina” was the first single for the CD released October 2003 in Canada on Disques Equinoxes and in France on Polydor (Universal). The album reached #6 on the Billboard France chart.
In December of 2003, Janey and Randy recorded and released Your Favorite Christmas CD, a jazz/pop Christmas classic that contains all your favorite Christmas songs you''ve never heard before. Most recently, “Aint No Time For Diets” was an original holiday song finalist in the 2006 Just Plain Folks” awards competition.
In Feb. of 2004, Janey had the honor of singing background vocals on the one of the last songs recorded by Ray Charles. It is a duet with Gladys Knight for his last CD Genius Loves Company called “ Heaven Help Us All” which won the Grammy for best gospel performance in 2005.
Janey’s self-produced 4th solo CD entitled Perfume features 13 intoxicating songs and the unbelievable musicianship of the renowned drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, (Sting, Frank Zappa, etc.) pianist, arranger Randy Waldman, (Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Beyonce, etc.) saxophonist Dave Boruff, (David Foster, George Benson, etc.) and guitarist Bruce Gaitsch. (Madonna, Richard Marx, etc.) Perfume was released December 25th 2004 in Japan on Cool Sound and is available here, through CDbaby, and her web site, https://www.tradebit.com
Currently, she continues to develop her Broadway show idea and compose songs for it, as well as write with and for a variety of artists, accomplished and new. There is also a new solo CD currently being recorded with a release expected in 2007.
Janey resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Bruce and daughter Samantha.
Please visit her at https://www.tradebit.com where you can also purchase all of her available CDs.