Jazz Vocalist, Janet Planet, Releases Album That Celebrates America
Janet Planet, releases a collection of songs that commemorates the sites, cities and commerce across the United States. Her concept album, Of Thee I Sing celebrates the industrious spirit and natural beauty that made our country great.
The inspiration for this collection came amidst the energy and excitement of the 2008 presidential campaign. Janet dedicates her effort to honest, hard-working Americans – “be they in the White House or the house next door” – in hopes the music and lyric serve as a source of pride and inspiration. “Whenever our country has faced challenge or adversity, music has always been the great communicator,” says Ms. Planet. “This is an important time in our nation’s history. My hope is to take listeners to a place where they remember the goodness in people, our commitment to community, the beauty of our land, and a love for the place we call home.”
Collectively, these songs take the listener on a cross-country journey – from the villages of Cape Cod to the canyons of Wyoming; New York to New Orleans; from copper mines in Arizona to the streets of San Francisco. It’s an American story in quintessential American form. “These are songs about places and people… songs about coming home and falling in love…songs about change,” Ms. Planet explains.
Born, raised and based in Wisconsin, Janet Planet has been a working musician from the Midwest for more than 25 years. Self-produced and managed for the majority of her career, Ms. Planet is a productive recording artist, performer, teacher and clinician. She has over 20 recordings in her discography to date. Her concert schedule takes her to performance halls, universities, jazz festivals and clubs across the USA and internationally.
Janet Planet – Of Thee I Sing
Recorded live in studio. Janet Planet (vocals), John Harmon (piano), Tom Theabo (guitar), John Gibson (bass), Tom Washatka (saxophone), Danny Lueck (drums).
1. Rhode Island is Famous for You (3:09)
2. Manhattan (3:48)
3. Old Cape Cod (5:17)
4. Moonlight in Vermont (3:37)
5. Love on a Greyhound Bus (3:46)
6. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (3:45)
7. My Kind of Town (Chicago Is) (3:52)
8. Gary, Indiana (1:58)
9. Song of Wyoming (4:09)
10. Chattanooga Choo Choo (2:41)
11. Home on the Range (3:32)
12. Deep in the Heart of Texas (2:10)
13. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (3:42)
14. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) (4:25)
A lovely collection of songs about America…filled with various hopes and dreams…what a sweet dedication to our beautiful country." -- Karrin Allyson, Concord recording artist, 3-time Grammy nominee
Janet’s exquisite interpretations bring new life to treasures that long to be heard again." --Gene Bertoncini, jazz guitarist
Most every song is framed in a wonderfully new way. If one truly enjoys singers, then this recording is an absolute must!" --Bob Levy : band leader, Big Band Reunion
Planet’s voice is stunning, singing each note as if nothing else mattered." --Ike Sturm, bassist and composer
Reinforces my belief that the effervescent and supremely talented Ms. Planet can stylishly sing anything she chooses." --Isobel Neuberger, Rochester Public Radio
It freshens familiar songs about well-known American places. And it craftily resurrects little known gems. Wisconsin remains Janet's planet, and hooray for that." --Mike Drew, jazz critic, reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel