Janie Oliver
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Janie Oliver


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Lay Down, Shining Records 2006

Reminiscent of artists like Annie Lennox, Beth Orton, Norah Jones and Sade, Lay Down upholds the vocal standards of her predecessors while the disc’s cool melodies keep her music light without losing poignancy. “Dive to You” is an addictive intro to the album and “The Memories” has the tone of a modern and melodic Ella Fitzgerald. Her range, talent and support don’t confine Oliver to a genre although she never hides her influences. Supporting artists on the album include Marcus Urani of Groundation, Michael Israel formerly of Flock of Seagulls and Robert Cross of Deepfried, among other Bay Area musicians. With so much going for her music, Oliver’s album is nearly impossible to Lay Down.



When Janie was three years old she would stand on a stepping stool in front of the mirror and watch herself scream at the top of her lungs. She grew up in Santa Cruz, California, where she once held the title of Miss Santa Cruz County. She tried her hand at musical theater and jingles, but never once was the satisfaction as great as it is when she can sing what she creates with a pen and paper and an out of tune piano.

Janie was accepted to the vocal performance and music business department of a small conservatory of music in central California. She dropped the performance degree and in May 2005, she walked away with a bachelor’s of music in music management. Janie now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her influences range from her first exposure to songwriters - Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan and morphed into a broad array of world performers ranging from Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Ani DiFranco, Fleetwood Mac to Bob Marley, Bebel Gilberto to Four Tet and so many more.

Janie Oliver’s writing isn’t confined to a genre, nor does she sway from embracing any gifts that pop, jazz and folk have given her.

Open your ears and let her in. . .