2009 Kerrville Folk Festival Ballad Tree Selected Regional Performer
2010 Songwriter Serenade Finalist (Halletsville, TX)
"Pochop proves she doesn't need a GPS to navigate clear of streets jammed with fellow female singer/songwriters who lack her drive, vision and literary insights." - Austin inSITE Magazine - April, 2009
Jana Pochop (that “h” is still silent) is a singer-songwriter, blogger, traveler, and experiencer based in Austin, Texas. Jana grew up in New Mexico and sought out Austin after getting a history degree. Times were good then and she found a steady administrative job while cutting her teeth in the Austin scene, playing as much as she could all around Central Texas and opening for cool folks like Terri Hendrix and Susan Gibson. In 2009 she started working with Gibson as a hybrid booking agent/road manager/office assistant, and has traveled the country and learned nearly 50,000 useful things about the business of folk music from being in the van with a kick butt musician of Gibson’s stature.
Jana has released two EPs so far; both were produced by Daniel Barrett of the band porterdavis. She played all the instruments on her first, entitled The Early Year. Her 2010 release, For & Against, recruits the talents of Daniel, bassist David Carroll, and vocals from Susan Gibson and Katie Lessley. For & Against is a symbol of the immense growth Jana has experienced from touring and playing all the time. It also has a brain and a heart on the cover, betraying her love for nerdiness.
J-Po, as she has come to be known in certain Texas music circles and on the streets of major urban cities, offers a dynamic mix of thoughtful writing and powerful musicianship both on her EPs and in her live show. She also blogs furiously, documenting her life as a musical entrepreneur.