Jane Walker

Jane Walker

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

With warm, delicate grooves and heart-felt lyris Jane slips effortlessly across influences of jazz, electronica and classical to create a pop style all her own. Her songs speak in the hidden language of the soul - definitely not one to miss. (Claire Scobie, Daily Telegraph, UK).

Biography

"One of this city's finest emerging acts." Michael Smith, Drum Media

"A voice from the heavens and a gift for developing melodic themes into songs that stick in the mind for hours afterwards. Dig it!" Zolton Zavos, Tharunka Magazine

When you hear Jane Walker sing, her voice tickles your ear with the sweet familiarity of singers like Sade, Dido, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and Karen Carpenter.

Like those singers, the lyrics and melodies on her debut album ‘Walk Gently’ are heartfelt and direct, her gentle messages reaching far into our psyches to connect, identify, soothe, persuade, entrance and ultimately feel uplifted by. Jane delivers her songs with an Australian honesty that will win the hearts and minds of her audience and ensure her songs become timeless classics.

Jane is classically trained on piano and has studied jazz at the NSW Conservatorium of Music before singing for two years with Sydney’s a cappella outfit, The Café of the Gates of Salvation. Emerging as a singer/songwriter, she traveled to Africa and made her first recordings with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo’s band, The Blacks Unlimited, in Zimbabwe.

Living for a while in London, Jane consolidated her writing and started performing her original songs. "Immediately it was clear how Jane had refined her songwriting craft... presenting a focused, powerful and uplifting presence on stage. With warm, delicate grooves and heart-felt lyrics Jane slips effortlessly across influences of jazz, electronica and classical to create a pop style all her own. Her songs speak in the hidden language of the soul - definitely one not to miss." Claire Scobie, The Daily Telegraph, UK.

Inspired by the atmosphere in London's financial district, she wrote ‘Threadneedle Street’’ which was produced by DJ-composer Peter Lazonby and released in the UK on the album Foundations: Coming up from the Streets, alongside tracks by Massive Attack and Radiohead. In 2006 Jane attended a songwriting retreat organised by Chris Difford (Squeeze) with writers including Difford, Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Steve Hillier (Dubstar) and Geoff Martyn at Monostevole, Italy.

Back in Australia, Jane started recording her debut album. Teaming up with English producer Steve James at Rocking Horse Studios, Byron Bay, Jane recorded the first four songs. One of these, ‘Ancient Land’, features Aboriginal rapper, Predator from Street Warriors. Growing up in Australia, Jane was always aware that there was a strange language, a heritage she didn’t quite understand about her country, surrounded by Aboriginal names, but no Aboriginal faces. In this song, Jane finally is able to express this feeling and apology. The song was released just prior to the Apology and received airplay and support from various stations around the country.

NSW Reconciliation Ambassador, Aden Ridgeway describes ‘Ancient Land’, in the light of February’s long-awaited Australian parliamentary apology, as a timely celebration of Australian identity and a call to unity. ' ‘Ancient Land’ - like the apology - gives a gentle power to a message whose time has finally come”.'
For the second recording session, Jane teamed up with Sony songwriter/producer Barbara Griffin. Recording the rhythm section at Billy Fields’ Paradise Studios and putting the final touches on the songs at Barb Griffin’s Sydney based studio, the recordings were then given to David Hemming to mix, before mastering by Leon Zervis at Sterling.
While there is a thematic thread dealing with perspectives on identity through her lyrics, “Gentle Power” is a very apt accolade. Jane’s music is gentle, and indeed her whole philosophy is encapsulated in the title of one of her key tracks, ‘Walk Gently on the Earth’. For the album title, ‘Walk Gently’ seemed perfect.
“Everything in our world today exhorts us to speed, to violence, to dehumanise, to abuse, to excess. The song, ‘Walk Gently on the Earth’, talks about the need for us as humans to take care of the Earth for our children, to respect the Earth, our mother. It’s also a call to lay down arms against each other, to be kinder to each other, to slow down and breathe.”
The recording of ‘Walk Gently on the Earth’ features a wonderful jazz infused rhythm section and some very special, yet to be named, guests on the track.
The recordings feature the finest of local and overseas talent in special guest musicians including Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Steve Hillier (UK band Dubstar), Warwick Scott (Skunkhour), Kinnon Holt (Alex Lloyd, Russell Crowe's band), Bobby Flynn, Tania Bowra, John Bersche. (Bersche and Levy guitars all recorded in NYC); on keys: James Cruickshank (Cruel Sea), Stu Hunter, Billy Field, Barbara Griffin and Jane herself. On bass: James Haselwood, Kara Gray; on drums: Drums: Hamish Stuart and percussion: Jess Ciampa.

Stay tuned for the release date of Jane Walker’ debut album, ‘Walk Gently’.

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Lyrics

Missing Myself

Written By: Jane Walker

I do what I want to do
I say what I feel
I try and always be true
Instead of following at your heel

I’ve been missing myself
I’ve been missing myself
I didn’t know what I wanted
I didn’t know what I needed
Oh I’ve been missing myself

I never had the confidence
To listen to my own voice
So I chose just to follow you
But now I see I have a choice

Cos I’ve been missing myself
I’ve been missing myself
I didn’t know what I wanted
Didn’t know what I needed
Oh I’ve been missing myself

And I know what it’s like
To be in a room full of people
They’re smiling and laughing and talking
All around you
But you feel nothing

I’ve danced to your beats
I’ve drunk your wine
I’ve felt the rush of ecstasy
And part of me won’t be satisfied
If I let you lie next to me

Cos I’ve been missing myself
I’ve been missing myself
I didn’t know what I wanted
Didn’t know what I needed
Oh I’ve been missing myself

Now I know it’s a sign
It’s from origins divine
Showing me it’s time
For happiness to find

It’s time to wake up, get up
What do I care about?

I didn’t know what I wanted
I didn’t know what I needed
Cos I’ve been missing myself

I’ve been missing myself
I’ve been missing myself
I didn’t know what I wanted
I didn’t know what I needed
Oh I’ve been missing

If I Could Fly

Written By: Jane Walker

If I could fly
I’d fly right to your door
I’d lift you up
And love you for evermore

Like the moon which pulls the tides
Or a moth to a candlelight
Like the river to the sea
Is this how it’s meant to be

If I could fly
I’d fly right to your door
I’d lift you up
And love you for evermore

And if you tell me to go away
I don’t think I’ll be able to
If you say that we can’t play
You have to tell me what I should do

Cos through the haze
Now it’s clear to me
Yes it’s coming through
I won’t deny it anymore
It’s time to open up to you

I see your arms are open wide
For me to come and play inside
Your eyes are soft
Just like the night
How could I even start to fight

If I could fly
I’d fly right to your door
I’d lift you up
And love you for evermore

If I could fly
Right to your door
Right to your door
If I could fly

If I could fly
Right to your door
Right to your door
If I could fly

Fly right to your door.

Do it With Love

Written By: Jane Walker

A Gaultier dress can only get you so far
A white limousine or a vintage sports car
You’re chasing the dollar and that’s all very well
But love is not a spirit you can buy or sell

(You’ve got to) Do it with love

Your face may grace the latest magazine
You’ve got the edgiest vibe that I’ve ever seen
You talk about yoga or a Buddhist retreat
But these are not going to make me really keen

(You’ve got to) Do it with Love
If you want to touch me, you’ve got to do it with love
Every time you take my hand
So I hope you’ll remember if you want to hold me
You’ve got to do it with love, cause that is all I understand

Boy don’t you know that
It’s how you think of me
And I can feel it
When you touch me tenderly

So please don’t treat me like your portable fun machine
Don’t you know that, I am not that squeaky clean
You won’t find it on Wall Street
Cause love is not a spirit you can buy or sell

(You’ve got to) Do it with Love
If you want to touch me, you’ve got to do it with love
Every time you take my hand
So I hope you’ll remember if you want to hold me
You’ve got to do it with love, cause that is all I understand

{Repeat chorus}

You’ve got to do it with love (and you know how to thrill me)

You’ve got to do it with love (and it’s your smile that kills me)

Take A Chance

Written By: Jane Walker

Take a chance
There’s nothing more to do
To find romance
That’s growing between me and you

I woke up this morning
With your heart in mine
I’m so frightened of rejection
Should I run and hide

Or take a chance
There’s nothing more to do
To find romance
That’s building between me and you

I want to stay open
So I’ll take my time
I’m learning self-protection
Now it’s time to try

And take a chance
There’s nothing more to do
To find romance
That’s building between me and you

I don’t want to die wondering what would have been
I don’t want to cry wanting what could have been
And if I don’t give it a go
How will I ever know

So take a chance
There’s nothing more to do
To find romance
That’s building between me and you

Take a chance
There’s nothing left to lose
To find romance
That’s growing between me and you

Optimistic Gardener

Written By: Jane Walker

I watch the flowers grow as the rain falls down
See the sunlight flow onto the ground
I hear birds start to sing as the dawn again breaks
It’s the simple things that please me today

Cause life goes round and round
Watch the hands on the clock
It’s like a water wheel
That never seems to stop

I see pictures of me, I know that face
I know every thought and time and place
I will not be judged by a clock on the wall
There’s nothing wrong with me, and I will not fall

Cause life goes round and round
Watch the hands on the clock
It’s like a water wheel
That never seems to stop
(repeat chorus once)

I feel the seasons turn
My fear is not for me
My candle slowly burns
I’m bruised but blessed

I used to work behind the bar
At the student hall, bands would come and play
Then I worked at Fords, and moved away
I couldn’t have had a nicer day

Cause life goes round and round
Watch the hands on the clock
It’s like a water wheel
That never seems to stop

(repeat chorus twice)

Ancient Land

Written By: Jane Walker


VERSE 1
I was born in an Ancient Land
Whose languages I do not understand
The sun so warm that it burns my skin
So I withdraw to deep within

CHORUS
Boambillee Burrabirra, Tirra Lirra By the River

VERSE 2
They sailed from a distant land
Whose governments I do not understand
With history of tyranny
Their legacy is our struggle to be free

CHORUS
Boambillee Burrabirra Tirra Lirra By the River
Tamarama Coolangatta Yarranabbe Parramatta
Boambillee Burrabirra Tirra Lirra By the River
Tamarama Coolangatta Yarranabbe Parramatta


RAP VERSE
We lived in harmony
On this land our creator made us from
From creation our dreaming we still belong
Different people come from all over the world now
To live in this beautiful ancient land of ours.
But the question still remains
Why was there bloodshed?
Why isn’t my story known?
Why is it you always try to make me feel alone?
Pain anger suffocation is what I’m feeling inside
Why do you always think you are right?
It’s time to make things correct now
Acknowledgement is what we all desire now
If this Ancient Land is ever going to unite now
It’s time us young people stick tight now
Listen up young people of Australia
It’s time to fight for people’s rights now.

BRIDGE
I was born in an Ancient Land
Whose beauty I know and understand
Whose peoples now try to be
Together to find a harmony

REPEAT CHORUS

Walk Gently on the Earth

Written By: Jane Walker

(Sanskrit chanting)

REFRAIN
Walk Gently on the Earth
Walk Gently on the Earth
Walk Gently on the Earth
Walk Gently on the Earth

If you want your children to be free
Walk Gently on the Earth
If you want your children to be free
Make sure there is an earth and sea

Walk Gently on the Earth
Walk Gently on the Earth

Repeat x 2

Make sure, make sure there is an earth and sea
Keep walking gently

(Sanskrit chanting)

Walk Gently on the Earth
Walk Gently on the Earth

Repeat Refrain x 2

Walk Gently.

Discography

2008 Single: Ancient Land
2009: Album: Walk Gently (TBR)

Set List

12 original songs from forthcoming album.

Cover songs range from folk singer/songwriters, pop and jazz standards.