"I am very excited about my debut CD, All I Have," Janet says.
"The album features some of Canada's finest musicians, including Richard Bell (The Band) as producer and on keyboards, Colin Linden on guitars, Bazil Donovan (Blue Rodeo) on bass, and Gary Craig (Jann Arden, Anne Murray) on drums. And FACTOR has played an important role in making it possible by helping us finance this project."
Fans of the Vancouver original music scene have been following Russell's career for years as she ignites audiences with her soaring melodies and witty, earthy and wise lyrics. This long-awaited release is a collection of songs celebrating love, strength and triumph over adversity.
After a series of symptoms including exhaustion, double vision and a numbing of the hands, face and limbs, Janet Russell was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
She recalls, "After the initial shock, I spent many hours in therapy. Since that time I have been involved in an extensive healing process. I studied meditation, and I studied with a meditation teacher who guided me through some creative visualization. The experience rekindled my passion for personal growth and spirituality. I'm learning how to take responsibility for my emotions, and to manage my own energies, always working within present resources.
"I am learning the subtle art of flexibility, and ultimately, this has led me to the path to my own creative recovery. We all have a fear of the unknown....what one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world."
Janet describes her music as "pop music with a folk root." Her music crosses many demographic boundaries, with stylings including new country, blues, jazz and Celtic, to name a few. Producer Richard Bell has captured this diversity while maintaining a cohesive and personal feel to the CD. Janet's songs reflect her deep emotionality, sense of humour and indomitable spirit. To share in her music is to celebrate the human experience.
Janet moved to Toronto in October of 2000. "It was time to open up a new chapter in my life, and to explore a larger centre," she says. While in Toronto, Janet was engaged in spiritual study and practiced Taoist Tai Chi. She returned to Vanouver in August 2006. She has recently been songwriting with Meg Tennant and a long-awaited Lingo Sisters CD is also in the works.
About the Artist
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Janet lived a number of years in Montreal where she became an integral part of the folk scene there. Janet is an accomplished vocalist who made the West Coast her home in 1978. For six years in the early 90's, Janet performed with the Lingo Sisters, during which time they became a favourite at the Mission Folk Music Festival. As well as a year to their credit on Womens' Television Network, the Lingo Sisters have opened for Tom Russell, David Essig and Valdy. They have also shared the stage with Barney Bentall (Bluebird North, Vancouver) and Tony Bird (Mission Folk Music Festival).
As a solo artist, Janet has explored many avenues. She is as comfortable in the role of supporting vocalist as she is with taking her songs centre stage. As well as her appearances with Meg Tennant, Janet has lent her voice to a number of CDs and other recording projects.
"I enjoy intimate venues such as house concerts, but Folk Music Festivals and Jazz and Blues Festivals are also a favourite with me," she adds.
Some of Janets Songwriter Showcases have included:
Janet currently appears with her band, The Wheel, which includes some of Vancouver's finest musicians.
For photos and more information, please visit our website at http://janetrussell.com
Information & Bookings:
Janet Lillian Russell
Stellar Junes Productions
Phone: (604) 736-3289