Janyse grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia, and has French and Icelandic ancestry. At the tender age of four, Janyse’s dream was to sing, act and dance. She practiced by performing for the trees and flowers in her backyard but when family and friends asked her to perform she was too shy. Classical ballet and music lessons became a creative way for her to express herself. At the age of five, she began training with the Canadian School of Ballet for eleven years. She also studied piano for six years with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She wrote her first poem at the age of six and her first song at the age of nine.
Relocating to Vancouver, Janyse worked 3 jobs to support her dream. In the evenings she continued to act in musical theatre, dance competitively, and sing in bands that covered pop, rock and calypso music. Eventually she had the chance to study singing, dancing, and acting in New York, Los Angeles, and Montreal. One of the highlights was training in the same class as Michael Jackson’s dancers as well as taking acting lessons from the renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.
Eventually she was able to make a full time living from the entertainment industry. This covered voiceovers, singing, songwriting, jazz dancing, modelling, acting, and writing. But when a car accident triggered an auto-immune disease and inflammation took over her body, she was faced with giving up her career and ending up in a wheelchair. She refused to give up and spent many years studying health and the power of thoughts.
In Toronto, an opportunity came up to audition for a lead role in ABBA’s production of Mama Mia. With swollen limbs and intense desire, Janyse passed a major dance audition, two acting auditions, and a singing audition. However the fifth and final audition, she did not pass. She became more determined than ever to develop her music and voiceover gifts to try and heal, and help others heal.
Knowing that humour offers a way to heal, Janyse decided to take a stand-up comedy course at Yuk Yuk’s. She was in the same class as Seth Rogen. The experience of performing to a full house taught her that anything was possible if you put your mind to it.
In 2004, Janyse was the Narrator of the Emmy award-winning series “Adoption Stories” on Discovery. But it was her voiceover work on the hit animated series “Ed, Edd n Eddy” (Cartoon Network) that impacted her the most. Janyse had the opportunity to meet children from the Make-A-Wish® Foundation that faced life threatening diseases. It inspired her to create The Magic of Think® and this concept led to Janyse writing books, music, nursery rhymes, and videos to help children develop strength and courage. She received a nomination for Best Song at the Indie Music USA awards.
In 2008, Janyse released her first album in the Christmas music genre which won Best Jazz CD at the Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards as well as a nomination for Best Jazz Recording at the Hollywood Music and Media Awards. Her love of Jazz Swing compelled her to write songs with tongue-in-cheek humour. Many of these Jazz songs were chosen to be in movies such as Blond and Blonder, American Mary, Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow, and Making Mr. Right.
From 2008 to 2012, Janyse released several singles with the goal of inspiring people to follow their dreams. She was the winner of Best Song at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for ‘This Day Is Mine’, and also received nominations for “Best Friend Forever” as well as “Dreamers” at the same event. Janyse also received a nomination for “Stomp” at the US Independent Music Awards, and a nomination for “Blessed Is This Holy Night” at the Hollywood Music Awards.
With a musical thread of healing, whether it be with humour or inspiration, Janyse will be releasing her latest album “Omnia Vincit Amor” in 2019 with the intent of helping people relax and feel uplifted. The music is described as “Ambient pop with soothing melodic vocals. A mix of world beats, modern sounds and rhythms.”
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