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Jan James / Bio

This tale comes right out of the inner soul of American music. It reads like the street-level truth in the lyrics of a Gershwin classic. What kind of artist finds their way to Chicago after having learned licks on a guitar from a Tennessee guy named "Catfish?" What kind of artist hones powerful vocals in a church choir, and then translates that emotion into a deep understanding of RnB, with Rock n Roll Soul? Jan James is that kind of artist.

Jan met her partner, songwriter/guitarist Craig Calvert, while they were both attending Michigan State. She was working in a duo, performing regularly at a small cafe. When she needed to replace her guitar player, the timing was right. It was not only right, it was perfect. Craig was taking a break from his punk band; they met and developed a musical chemistry that has evolved into a big sound and feel that is colored with RnB, blues, soul and the sweet dynamics of the best rock.

Continuing their legend-laced journey, they moved to Chicago. The big city blues capital was good to them, and they to it. They became favorites in such venues as The Park West, Buddy Guy's Blues Legends, Taste of Chicago and The House of Blues. They shared the stage with Bon Jovi, Koko Taylor, John Mayall, Little Feat, James Brown, Alice Cooper, Jeff Beck and B.B. King. They cut their first demo, a powerhouse CD called "Last Train," picked up by the Dutch label Provogue, in yet another example of the wide appeal that American music has throughout the world.

Jan's newest CD, "Ring Around The Moon," is a pure and commanding showcase of her heritage and her talent from start to finish. Each and every cut demonstrates just how good and polished a singer/songwriter she is. This is what modern music should be.

This is Jan James.

General Info

Band Members
Craig Calvert, Bob Long, Gordon Patricarca, Mike Bruno, Tom McCarthy
Artist Name
Jan James
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Active Since
Rock / Blues Rock Country Soul

Contact Info

Chicago, IL

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