JanLois cites as main artistic influences such performers as the Beatles, Anita Baker, James Brown, Pavarotti, Nat King Cole, Eileen Squillo, and birds. Elements of each may be easily perceived in her
songwriting and vocal delivery.
One reviewer has described Valerie's voice as a cross between Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald. Although an undertone of jazz runs through her albums, many other styles go into making her sound. Attributes of East-Indian, Latin, folk, rock, reggae, funk and even country music intertwine to make an amalgam that has something for everyone and is chock-full of surprises.
“Music has always been like a straw into the deepest part of me,” JanLois says of her musical motivations. “Even as a child, when I was singing, I was floating on waves of bliss. But when the music was cut off – I just wanted to get that feeling back.”
Perhaps more prevalent than anything else in her repertoire are themes of transcending. The artist considers Transcendental Meditation one of the turning points in her life as well as her music career.
When she learned to meditate, she writes, “Everything changed. It was an 'a-ha!' moment. Here was a way to find the bliss I felt when I was making music, to begin to live it all the time. That straw into my soul just dissolved into the ocean of life.”
When she isn't recording music with some of the best instrumentalists the world has to offer, Valerie JanLois teaches Transcendental Meditation to hundreds of budding practitioners around the United
States. Collaborating with her on “No Drop of Love” and “dos” are such master players as Dave Tweedie (drums), Jon Evans (bass), Gawain Mathews (guitar, mandolin, mandola), Julie Wolf (keyboards), Ellen Hoffman (piano), Rich Armstrong and Marty Wehner (horns), Karl Perazzo (percussion)
“No Drop of Love (Is Ever Wasted)” and “dos” are available online worldwide. Get in early.
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