Jazz singer, Janet Planet, prepares to record a collection of songs that celebrates the sites, cities, and landscape across the United States. Her forthcoming concept album, Of Thee I Sing
reminds us of the industrious spirit and natural beauty that made our country great.
The song selection takes the listener on a journey - through the quaint little villages of Cape Cod to the canyons of Wyoming; New York to New Orleans; copper mining in Arizona, whiskey distillation in Kentucky, lobstering in Maine; a stroll along Chicago’s lakefront, through the Bronx Zoo, and across San Francisco’s Golden Gate. It is to be an American story in quintessential American form…jazz. Drawing from varied resources (the Great American Song Book, folklore, the 1920’s, the 1960’s, and today), these are songs about places and people…songs about coming home and falling in love…songs about change.
“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, politically and financially. My hope is to take listeners to a place where we remember the goodness in people, our commitment to community, the beauty of our land, and a love for the place we call home.”
Janet Planet - Of Thee I Sing is scheduled for release in June, 2009. Studio recording is scheduled for December 2008 at Stellar Sound Studios.
Musicians: Janet Planet (vocals), John Harmon (piano), Tom Theabo (guitar), John Gibson (bass), Tom Washatka (saxophone), Danny Lueck (drums).
Janet Planet - Of Thee I Sing track listing includes: Rhode Island is Famous for You; Manhattan; Moonlight in Vermont; Love on a Greyhound Bus; Way Down Yonder in New Orleans; Chicago; Chattanooga Choo-Choo; Gary, Indiana; Song of Wyoming; Home on the Range; San Francisco
About Janet Planet:
A Wisconsin native, Janet Planet has been a productive recording artist for over two decades. She has 23 recordings in her discography to date. Her concert schedule has taken her to performing arts centers, opera houses, universities, jazz festivals and clubs across the USA and internationally with appearances in Europe and Japan.
Ms. Planet has performed with George Benson, Nancy King and Gene Bertoncini, and shared the stage with many other accomplished jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, John Harmon and Marian McPartland.
“An amazingly powerful voice with seemingly limitless expression.” - Jazziz Magazine
“There are so many inarticulate singers today, it’s a pleasure to hear someone who knows what singing is all about.” - Steve Allen
“Janet Planet is now almost certainly the best of today’s jazz singers, but even more, she'd earn a high standing in any age.” - Erik Eriksson.
“Janet’s a cappella is all you have to hear to understand how voice and lyric can be heard as one. She displays uncanny vocal virtuosity.” - Cadence Magazine