Guest Author - Danielle Crowe
For fans of Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos and Norah Jones, Janeen Leah is known for captivating audiences with her powerful, soulful voice and raw emotion, just like the three mentioned female vocalists and powerhouse musicians. Recently releasing her third album, Janeen Leah is on her way to carrying the torch for today’s industry of female singers.
Janeen released her self-produced debut album, titled “Time is Never Wasted,” in November of 2005, and it immediately received glowing reviews and was picked as ‘Best Album of The Year’ by Morley Seaver at antimusic.com. In August of 2009, Janeen flew to Bombay, India to record a collaborated album with Bollywood musician, Tushar Parte at Tushar’s request. The album is titled “Some Rhyme Some Reason” and was released on February 13, 2013 through CD Baby. Then, in 2010, Janeen signed with indie label f. Boo! Music in Los Angeles with producer Keven Brennan. In July 2011, the first single with the label, titled “Life Eternal,” was released. An EP release with f. Boo! titled “Right In Front Of Me” was released January 1, 2013 through CD Baby and will be available through iTunes as well. Along with the three records already under her belt, Janeen Leah is storming the San Francisco live music scene with her dynamic performances and her pure, sweet, melodic vocals that soar over a perfect blend of instruments. Each song that she performs live always leaves her audience wanting more.
The Los Angeles singer-songwriter’s most recent EP "Right In Front Of Me" is simply excellent and shows off several different musical styles of the pop/rock genre. It is haunting, melodic rock at its finest. Janeen's voice purrs and soars throughout this whole record; sultry and come-hither one moment, soft and reassuring the next. The instruments are used nicely to punch up the material at just the right spots but they don’t get in the way of the vocals. There is sparseness to the song construction that lets all the instruments breathe and put the emphasis on Janeen's wonderful voice. Produced by Keven Brennan, it features Janeen Leah on vocals, background vocals, and acoustic guitar; Nate Wood (Kneebody) on drums, bass, electric guitar, and synths; Keven Brennan on bass, electric and acoustic guitar, sax, bass clarinet, and synths; and Robin Brennan on background vocals.
For more information on Janeen Leah, to hear her music, watch her videos, or to find out about her latest news and upcoming show dates, check her out on her personal website at www.janeenleah.com, or find her on MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.