Round Rock, TX
Jan’ell is a multi-dimensional performer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and mother. Jan’ell expresses her sultry smooth vocals in a unique style she calls Jazz-Hop. The mixture of genres she encompasses creates a unique sound with memorable and thought provoking lyrics. Her musical themes range from deep spiritual truth empowerment to romantic sensuality to politics, while her music combines jazz, hip-hop, soul, reggae and rhythm and blues into a smooth, sultry, and seductive blend uniquely her own. Once you've heard Jan’ell's vocal expression and choice beats, you will find yourself humming these tunes and wanting to hear more
Her debut EP entitled, “Soul Flower,” a eight-song EP plus video is set to be released May 27, 2008. The singer says, "I have waited and prepared for this moment all my life." While putting finishing touches on her EP she is writing and recording new music. Jan’ell took a break from the studio earlier this year to shoot a video for her first single, “Spit Your Game.” Jan’ell is planning to take a break in April 08, to shoot her second video, for her second single from her EP “Krazy”
“There is really no one specific area for my music because it is a combination of everything uniquely put together, all in one album. That is what's so unrivaled about the whole project," says the singer. "I'm growing, learning, and open to change,” and I would like to further develop as an artist, vocalist and writer. “I am not afraid to take a chance, that's the beauty of life and music”- Jan’el
Her talent stood out at the tender age of 5 as the youngest member of her Chicago church choir. As a small child, she used her family and friends as her practice audience, while steadily fine-tuning her musical chops. At the age of 7 Jan’ ell’s family moved from Chicago, Illinois to Sacramento, California. Jan’ell continued to sing in the children's, junior choir, and later adult choir. She began taking piano lessons by age 6 and later voice lessons. Determined to be a singer, she formed her first singing group in grammar school and other singing and dance groups. "I love to dance, I was always putting together dance and singing groups," she explained. Her grandmother introduced her to gospel music such as: Mahalia Jackson; while Jan’ ell’s mother introduced her to the sound of Motown, the Clark Sisters, Vanessa bell Armstrong, and the Winans. Her father would later introduce her to jazz big bands, and one of her favorite all time singers is legendary Ella Fitzgerald.
In college, Jan’ell studied music and personal vocal training in music and Jazz. She began to venture out on her own musical journey writing words through life experiences, community, political and social issues. “All of my lyrics come from truthfulness and life experiences that I have had.” She confesses, “A journal entry or a melody in my head, or maybe a conversation. It’s important that I stay real, honest and true to myself and write lyrics that I believe in and that are from my heart.”
Jan’ell is no stranger to the music industry she started her own label "Choice Entertainment" in 1998 and began recording songs such as “Mr. Sperm Donor," “Real,” Responsibilities,” and “My Brotha,” which she is reworking for her highly anticipated EP Soul Flower. “Spit your Game", "Let it go Bye", “Follow You Dreams” and others were also recorded. “Collaborating with other artists is fun and exciting, because I’ve learned a lot from people whose lives are different, interesting and unique.” Featured artist are: Vernac, Acethetic, CuTTy Dre, Touch of CAS, The Chairman, and Brova Bey amongst others.
As an artist, a performer, and an individual Jan’ell is outspoken and full of verve with a natural charisma. The beginning of 2008 she renamed her label, Choice Entertainment to Buttafleye Records. Jan’ell is currently in collaboration with Nite Vision Entertainment. Jan’ell and her family plan to distribute her first cd as an independent to be release May 27, 2008. Jan’ell says "Music is my soul and in my blood, I'm looking forward to living out my dream and to reach out with my lyrics and voice
*Jan'ell, aka, Soul Flower is a breathe of fresh air to the music industry, an industry in need of visionaries to address life in its different realms with clear and meaningful words and tones, that penetrate the mindset and electifies the souls!!!! The Chairman (Frank Thomas Williams, author, poet)