Jane's musical journey began as a child growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents had Jane and her brothers playing piano from an early age. Jane says, "We were like the Von Trapp Family from The Sound of Music. We spent our nights around the recorder putting on performances of singing and playing the piano. We would each get our turn, but I was always stealing the microphone from my brothers. I've always loved to sing."
While growing up, Jane performed in musicals around Cincinnati, studied dance, and sung jingles/commercials. She won all kind of regional talent contests for her singing. She did many commercials for Kenner Toys. She was the voice of such products as Play-Doh and Sit-n-Spin. "I can remember watching the Strawberry Shortcake specials because they were always sponsored by Kenner and hearing myself on the commercials - I was like 9 years old, it was so cool". By the time she was 12, she was singing in musical revues all over town.
In high school, Jane was writing songs and lead singer for a band called “Frame of Mind." I loved to sing songs by the band Heart. My signature song was 'Barracuda'". She studied voice during high school with international theater star Jan Canada Fritsch - a wonderful lady who really made her believe in her talent as a vocalist. At this time she was also deeply involved in art. Painting, drawing, photography - she enjoyed it all. She went on to study Fashion Design and Communications at the University of Cincinnati.
After college she started to sing again. She reconnected with and began collaborating with an award winning composer and producer in Cincinnati named John Henry. She had actually done commercials for him when she was younger. They recorded many demos and searched for a record deal. John eventually was appointed composer to NBC's Passions. He suggested they pen a theme song. That theme song, "Breathe", was not only chosen, but also nominated for an Emmy for Best Original Song. This led Jane to the attention of NBC Enterprises. They were forming NBC Records and signed her as their first artist. NBC and Jane went on to film a video for the song and release it as a single because of fans' demands. Jane was also asked to sing on the NBC Celebrity Christmas CD which benefited the Children's Miracle Network. "I worked with so many incredible musicians on that CD. The pianist was the piano player for Chicago, the guitarist from Rick Springfield, it was incredible. "
Jane has written and recorded many songs for Passions, including the fan favorite, “Imagine” written specifically for the popular couple Sheridan and Luis. She also wrote and performed, “Cross My Heart” that was used for the storyline of Charity and Miguel. Beyond Passions, she has had two of her songs placed in the Hilary Duff film, “Material Girls”. This was especially exciting for Jane as one of the producers on the film was Madonna. Jane released her first independent album, Euphoria, in 2002.
Jane is now set to release her gorgeous sophomore effort, “Heavenly” – a collaboration with writers/musicians, Matt Smith and Gary Garwood. Heavenly’s first single, “I Promise” is sure to be loved by fans with its beautiful melodies layered over ethereal images. Check it out May 2008!