When she wasn’t diligently practicing classical piano pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Beethoven, JanetB was avidly listening to Motown, rock and Top-40 tunes on the radio. While teaching herself guitar as a teenager her musical taste became heavily influenced by the singer-songwriters – artists like Carole King, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. As a Music and Theatre major in college, she fell in love with jazz and show tunes. It was there that she also learned the theory and craft of composition and orchestration.
JanetB’s listeners often sense a definite visual or dramatic aspect in her music. She’ll occasionally combine that with a subtle undercurrent of humor, as she does in the track “Deadly”, a playful nod to film noir. “Deadly” was featured in the October 2016 episode of Jukebox Podcast, a showcase for indie musicians, along with “Lisa’s Smile”. These two very different tracks are excellent examples of her stylistic and emotional range.
JanetB finds herself drawn to the chillout and nu jazz styles of artists and producers such as Stephanie Sante, ODESZA, Alexander Volosnikov, Nujabes and DJ Okawari. Her circle of inspiring people includes not only musicians but artists, entrepreneurs, dancers and writers. “It’s fascinating to be caught up in the flow of creative energy that you can find everywhere.”