Janice McClain
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Janice McClain

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter


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Tim Qualls Show - With Special Guest Janice McClain - The Tim Qualls Show - Deleware T.V. Channel 28

Worldwide Exclusive - Janice McClain Self Titled 1986 Album on CD for the first time ever.

The release is via FTG Records USA & Universal USA, the album is very much in demand and has also been expanded with the addition of 2 bonus tracks, the sound will be from the original master tapes and this is the first of many titles that FTG Records USA will be releasing in conjunction with Universal USA.

Liner Notes by David Nathan

Janice McClain is a native Philadelphian and from published articles it seems she was about 16 when she recorded “Smack Dab In The Middle”. Thanks to an artful remix by Larry Levan the RFC 12” single was one of the biggest club hits of 1979. Despite major club and radio exposure a follow-up single and album were not forthcoming.

After a four year hiatus Janice popped up on the Mon-Tab 12” single “Burnin’ Up” in 1984, but without a major label backing it the single came and went with barely a whimper. The good that came out of that was that she met producer Nick Martinelli. He was able to get her an album deal with MCA Records and produced her self-titled 1986 album for the label. The album spawned two 12” singles; “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “Passion And Pain”.

Produced By Milt Tennant And Thom Page For Pagchten Productions
Executive Producers: Jheryl Busby Louil Silas Jr.

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Janice McClain (LP, Album) MCA Records; Janice McClain (CD, Album, RM, Ltd) Funky Town Grooves, Universal Music Special Markets 2009

Janice McClain - Singles & EPs

Smack Dab In The Middle (4 versions) Warner Bros. Records, RFC Records 1979

Giving My Love (12", Single) Mon-Tab 1983

Burnin' Up (12") Mon-Tab 1984

Passion And Pain ? (5 versions) MCA Records 1986

Let's Spend The Night (12") MCA Records 1986

Other Releases
1.When Love Calls
2. Second Chance of Love
3. Let'S Spend The Night
4. Give a Little Bit of Love
5. It's Gonna Come Back To You
6. Hideaway
7. Rhythm of Love
8. Last Goodbye
9. We're Not Too Young Extended Version
10. Passion and Pain Dub Version



Janice McClain Internationally acclaimed, has traveled around the world as a professional vocalist and songwriter for over twenty years. At the tender age of 15, Janice was signed to Warner Brothers Records which yielded a huge hit entitled Smack Dab in The Middle that soared to the number 2 spot in the nation on Billboard. She is a native Philadelphian who attended the hugely popular High School for Creative and Performing Arts which produced super group Boys II Men. Later on Janice went to Atlantic City to audition for a spot at Trump Plaza and blew every one away. She and her band Tapestry were hired instantly. She developed such a following that celebrities would come out to see her perform. One of those celebrities Ms. Patti Labelle happened to catch Janice perform and was so impressed by Janice; she took her under her wing and became her mentor. Janice also performed at Harrah's Marina where she was also a favorite. It was during her run in AC that Ms. Labelle took Janice to MCA RECORDS and single handedly landed her a major deal. She has opened for the Commodores and the legendary James Brown just to name a couple. Janice has also lent her tremendous vocal skills doing backing vocals for such artists as Denise Williams, Hall and Oates, George Clinton, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Recently Janice's MCA album was reissued and is doing so well that it has been extended worldwide. She is currently working on her new CD which will consist of a variety of dance, pop, and ballads. With vocal diversity that is simply unmatched, Janice can perform a wide variety of songs that include artists like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Lady GaGa, and Rhianna. This little lady is a power house who captivates the hearts of all that hear her extraordinary gift!