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|1. Geisha Girl|
|2. Gift From The Gods|
|3. The Only One|
|4. Anytime Anywhere|
|6. It's Cold Out|
|7. The Biggest Sin|
|8. Love Yourself|
|9. Geisha Girl (Remix)|
|10. Gift From The Gods (Remix)|
|11. The Biggest Sin (Remix)|
|12. It's Cold Out (Remix)|
|13. Love Yourself (Remix)|
|14. Anytime Anywhere (Remix)|
|15. The Only One (Dance Remix)|
|16. Tempted (Remix)|
By the time she was in the fourth grade, Janice was the school's musical prodigy, playing concerts for classmates and accompanying the chorus. By high school, the preternaturally talented musician had become an accomplished oboist and the mainstay of local orchestral and band performances, winning gold medals for excellence and her school's award as "Best Musician," while simultaneously pursuing an intensive extracurricular education in liturgical music.
Throughout high school, Janice also studied piano and classical organ with a teacher who recognized her emerging abilities. With his support, she became assistant organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville, Long Island, and, by the time she was 13, undertook a schedule of rehearsals and performances that ultimately consumed more than five hours a day. "They said I showed flashes of early brilliance," she says, "but I was a strange loner and all I knew was that when I played music, I felt power. I may have been possessed. Or mad."
By 17, although profoundly drawn to the music of the church and the symbols and icons of religious life, Janice Grace was also deeply immersed in the music and fashion of her time. Although she was enrolled at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, when the dormitory lights were out, it was funk that provided inspiration. "At first," she recalls, "It was disco, The Gap Band, and P-Funk that got me off. I still loved church music, but the chapels were cold and the dance floors were hot. Then I discovered Bjrk and Massive Attack. And ultimately, Depeche Mode."
Freed from the constraints of choir school and armed with a synth keyboard, Janice Grace was ready to be discovered. "I may have been a bit naive," she laughs, "but Madonna was huge then, and it just seemed like it would be my turn next. Man, so wrong." Still, she did what young musicians in New York do - she got crummy jobs. "I was working to afford my gear jones," she says. "I don't even want to remember the jobs, but if I got good enough in them to be asked to stay, I'd quit. I didn't want to make it easy for myself to leave the music business." Somehow, she pieced together an eight-track recording studio in her apartment and taught herself to engineer. "I learned out of sheer necessity, but I learned," she says.
A Long Time Coming:
In 1999 Janice Grace emerged from her recording studio. Working with producer Carlo Fornerino, she experimented with material and recording approaches for six months before arriving at the Electro-pop sound that energizes Janice Grace, her new CD.
Band members: Drum Programming: Carlo Fornerino. Guitars: Carlo.
Keyboards: Janice Grace & Carlo.
"Gift From The Gods"
Drums: Sterling Campbell.
"Love Yourself","The Biggest Sin"
Trumpet: Mac Gollehon