Jana Mashonee

Jana Mashonee

 Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Jana Mashonee is a GRAMMY nominated artist with a mission and a message. An American Indian singer-songwriter with an ear for melody and the gift of a heartwrenching voice, Jana has been wowing crowds and critics. Her style is full of old school R&B and pop flavors.

Biography

There is no question about it. Jana Mashonee has a voice. One listen to her performance on her latest recording, "Stay With Me Baby", will tell you that.

Knowing Jana Mashonee and her music is an incredible adventure that is worth the listen.

First signed to Curb Records, her single, Ooh, Baby, Baby was picked as Billboard’s single of the week and went on to become a radio and sales success. More than Life followed, selling over a million copies on its own and as part of numerous compilation albums. A controversial version of Led Zeppelin’s epic, Stairway to Heaven, came next, earning her the honor of being the first Native American to top the Billboard dance charts.

Exploring her cultural roots, Jana then released American Indian Story, a brilliant concept album that garnered her a second GRAMMY nomination. The video for the single, The Enlightened Time, won awards at major film festivals around the world as well as a NAMMY for Best Short Form Music Video. Music from the album is featured on the Discovery Channel’s new hit series, Flying Wild Alaska.

Her first book, American Indian Story – The Adventures of Sha’kona, based on the GRAMMY nominated album of the same was also recently completed. The fantasy filled mystery-adventure is the uplifting story of the young heroine, Sha’kona, and her journey of self-discovery and courage. Fans and critics alike have praised this young adult novel for its characters, magic and message.

Jana continued to pay tribute to her heritage with the exquisite, American Indian Christmas, an extraordinary work featuring ten classic Christmas songs sung in ten different Native American languages accompanied by a full orchestra and traditional Native American instruments. A critical and commercial success beyond her wildest imagination, the album won her another NAMMY award.

A soul-stirring collection steeped in R&B and gospel roots, New Moon Born brought Jana back into the mainstream spotlight. She debuted the featured track, an emotional cover of Sam Cooke’s classic, A Change Is Gonna Come, at the American Indian Inaugural Ball for President Obama. This was her second performance for a First Family. She sang at the First Lady’s Luncheon for Laura Bush. The song went on to win her an eighth Native American Music Award for Song of the Year and the video took the Best Music Video prizes at the prestigious Indie Film Festival and at the American Indian Film Festival. In March of 2012 she was named Best Female Vocalist by the Rockwired Music Awards.

In December 2012 she co-headlined a show with Sarah McLachlan at Carnegie Hall for a magical evening.

With all she has going on and with a tour schedule that has brought her to forty nine of the fifty states as well as overseas, Jana has still found time to give back. Her Jana’s Kids Foundation has been helping Native youth achieve their dreams through its programs and scholarship offerings for almost as long as she has been an artist. In recognition of her efforts, Jana was named 2011 Woman of the Year for her philanthropic work.

Jana can also add acting to her resume. This year Jana’s new movie in which she stars in, "Raptor Ranch", debuts and will be released later in the year. Her songs are featured in Raptor Ranch as well as in Crooked Arrow, another feature movie released in theatres across the country in summer of 2012.

Those are the facts, but to find out who Jana Mashonee really is, give a listen to Stay With Me Baby. That will explain better than any words could ever hope to.

Lyrics

Sunday Morning

Written By: Jana Mashonee/Stephan Galfas

Sunday Morning

Sunday morning calm
I struggle just to find someone to talk to
Long and sleepless nights
I pace right through

I know you have to leave
And I know I won’t be with you
So much we’ll never say or do

Whispers fill the air
I want to cry out loud but no one hears me
Cannot comfort you
Can’t even breathe

I hold on selfishly
I confess I’m lost completely
So much of us will never be

You’ll go on and on
You’ll go on and on
We’ll go on and on

I can see you
I can feel you
Can you see me too
Can you feel me too

Even now in the first warm breeze of summer
I can feel your sweet smile
Just a welcome tease
That passes by

I’ve gone from missing you
To remembering your bright eyes
So much we’ll say when it’s our time

You’ll go on and on
You’ll go on and on
We’ll go on and on

I can see you
I can feel you
Can you see me too
Can you feel me too

There’s no way it can end in just a moment
There’s no way I can stay here on my own
It’s all crashing down around me and
Taking from me
What I believe

I can see you
I can feel you
Can you see me too
Can you feel me too

I can see you
I can feel you
Can you see me too
Can you feel me too

Faded Love

Written By: Jana Mashonee/Stephan Galfas/Michael Galfas

Faded Love

Sorry for what I just could not do
Sorry for all that I put you through
I fell apart
I fell apart over you

Sorry’s such a sad word to use
Sorry’s not a word I would choose
I fell apart
I fell apart over you

When I see you
I just see the pain
When I feel you
Nothing feels the same

I faded love
Faded love
Faded love
Ran for cover

I wasted love
Wasted love
Wasted love
Now it’s over

Worry won’t make things work our way
Worry makes us both too afraid
I fall apart
I fall apart over you

Worry that there’s nothing to say
Worry that there’s too much to say
I fall apart
I fall apart over you

When I see you
I just see the pain
When I feel you
Nothing feels the same

I faded love
Faded love
Faded love
Ran for cover

I wasted love
Wasted love
Wasted love
Now it’s over

When we took our places
With a story untold
I had so much to give

Then you had to ask for something
That I never could give
So I gave you nothing
Gave you nothing at all

I faded love
Faded love
Faded love
Ran for cover

I wasted love
Wasted love
Wasted love
Now it’s over

Chameleon

Written By: Jana Mashonee/Stephan Galfas/Michael Galfas

Chameleon

Lately I’ve been thinking
How you came to be this way
You have put on many faces
Wear a new one every day

Sadly I have noticed
How you change in any light
You’re a coat of many colors
And the fit is never right

Chameleon, chameleon
Chameleon, chameleon

What makes you afraid
To show your own skin
Do you hide within

What makes you afraid
Why do you defend
Everything you’ve been

Never could imagine that you’d ever be
A stranger to me
You’ve become a phantom drifting endlessly
Moving carelessly

Never take for granted I will always see
The shades that you bleed
‘Cause all you conceal won’t do
Wanna see what’s you
Wanna see what’s true
Wanna see what’s you

Now and then I wonder
Why you try to disappear
You are acting like a coward would
Say what I want to hear

Often I remember
When you were just one someone
You can’t even look me in the eye
Won’t fight and you won’t run

Chameleon, chameleon
Chameleon, chameleon

Lessons Learned

Written By: Jana Mashonee and Stephan Galfas

In the warm Savannah rain
I stepped on the train
And stole away
Couldn’t stay

When I finally made the choice
I had found that voice
I locked away
Everyday

Underneath a passing cloud
I began to cast some doubt
But then I felt the sun come out

With the light that burns
Auburn skies
All shines down on me
With heaven’s answer
Open eyes reveal

The lessons learned along this way
The lessons learned along this way
The lessons learned along this way

Looking back I realize
There’s no need to hide
From my mistakes
I won’t break

Underneath a passing cloud
I began to cast some doubt
But then I felt the sun come out

With the light that burns
Auburn skies
All shines down on me
With heaven’s answer
Open eyes reveal

The lessons learned along this way
The lessons learned along this way
The lessons learned along this way

With the light that burns
Auburn skies
All shines down on me
With heaven’s answer
Open eyes reveal

The lessons learned along this way
The lessons learned along this way
The lessons learned along this way

Solid Ground

Written By: Jana Mashonee, Stephan Galfas

I’m never gonna hurt you
Lose faith and then desert you
I’ll never ever leave you alone

When you quit chasing rainbows
Stop caring where the train goes
I’ll be right there to bring you back home

And I will save you
From all that haunts you

I will be
Your solid ground
The safe harbor you never found
I will be
Your heart reborn
The shelter in your endless storm

It seems like such a long while
Since I have seen your sweet smile
Now even when you’re here you seem gone

When life comes crashing at you
You have someone to catch you
To hold you till you stand on your own

Yes I will save you
From all that haunts you

I will be
Your solid ground
The safe harbor you never found
I will be
Your heart reborn
The shelter in your endless storm

I’ve watched you stumble
Breakdown and crumble
What more can I say

I’ll be beside you
Heal what’s inside you
Don’t turn me away

I will be
Your solid ground
The safe harbor you never found
I will be
Your heart reborn
The shelter in your endless storm

I will be
Your solid ground
The safe harbor you never found
I will be
Your heart reborn
The shelter in your endless storm

Carousel

Written By: Jana Mashonee, Stephan Galfas

I know I’ll never say never
People running everywhere
They don’t seem to care and then

Just like ole’ Nebuchadnezzar
Goin’ crazy raisin’ Cain
Tear the roof off can’t explain

I’m glad we’re in this together
Make a circle keep it strong
Had the power all along

We’re all a part of forever
Let it go
We all will throw
Our hands up just to show

We’re the same, the same, the same, the same
Now I can tell we’ve seen the last of the rain
Nothing to lose we’re all gonna gain
Come along take a ride with me

Baby
So glad you came yeah you made it
A carousel spinning
Baby
Stayed in the game yeah we made it
Gonna keep it goin’ round forever

We made a change in the weather
Now we know which way to turn
Moving free with no concern

In time we’ll only get better
Let it go
We all will throw
Our hands up just to show

We’re the same, the same, the same, the same
Now I can tell we’ve seen the last of the rain
Nothing to lose we’re all gonna gain
Come along take a ride with me

Baby
So glad you came yeah you made it
A carousel spinning
Baby
Stayed in the game yeah we made it
Gonna keep it goin’ round and

Baby
So glad you came yeah you made it
A carousel spinning
Baby
Stayed in the game yeah we made it
Gonna keep it goin’ round forever

Osiris' Star

Written By: Jana Mashonee, Stephan Galfas

Lately
I live in a mystery
Lately
My mind is playing tricks on me
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I don’t know

Maybe
I’ll go back in history
Maybe
I’ll find a piece of sanity
I’m gonna try
I’m gonna try
I’m gonna try
I’m gonna try

Crazy
What my life has now become
Crazy
Out of control and on the run
Time passes by
Time passes by
Time passes by
Time passes

Save me
Reality has come undone
Save me
Let’s head out to the rising sun
And kiss the sky
And kiss the sky
And kiss the sky
And kiss the sky

Lean on me like in Pisa
Then come with me to Giza
Where pyramids will seize ya
Point out Osiris’ Star
(Please follow me, follow me)
(Come and be with me)
We’ll hang where gardens don’t fall
Then see the Taj’s Mahal
In China walk the Great Wall
Know that nowhere is too far
(Please follow me, follow me)
(Come and rescue me)

Lately
I live in a mystery
Maybe
My mind is playing tricks on me
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I don’t know

Save me
Reality has come undone
Save me
Out of control and on the run
We’ll kiss the sky
We’ll kiss the sky
We’ll kiss the sky

Lean on me like in Pisa
Then come with me to Giza
Where pyramids will seize ya
Point out Osiris’ star
(Please follow me, follow me)
(Come and be with me)

We’ll hang where gardens don’t fall
Then see the Taj’s Mahal
In China walk the Great Wall
Know that nowhere is too far
(Please follow me, follow me)
(Come and rescue me)

Una Noche

Written By: Jana Mashonee, Stephan Galfas

Prendemos fuego
Por una ruta privada
Dejar deseo
En cada lugar vacío

No puede ser cosa del destino
Y no podemos engañarnos más

Una noche
Seremos aves en vuelo
Guiados por una visión
Que nos ilumine

Una noche
Seremos libres
Completamente ya
Una noche
Una noche

Nos mantenemos
Aún no se perdió todo
Sólo hace falta
Un puente para cruzar

No puede ser cosa del destino
Y no podemos engañarnos más

Una noche
Seremos aves en vuelo
Guiados por una visión
Que nos ilumine

Una noche
Seremos libres
Completamente ya
Una noche

Permitimos sin deber
Desechando sin temor
La vida se complicó
A ser fuertes

Hay ahora que elegir
Hay un nuevo camino
Sé que no es tan tarde ya

Una noche
Seremos aves en vuelo
Guiados por una visión
Que nos ilumine

Una noche
Seremos libres
Completamente ya
Una noche
Una noche

Discography

Stay With Me Baby
New Moon Born
American Indian Story
American Indian Christmas
Flash Of A Firefly
I'll Be With You
Stairway to Heaven
More Than Life
Ooh Baby Baby
What Am I To You