Turn the Corner
At the age of 3, Janelle Lauer picked up a tambourine and started to play along while traveling with her mom's band. Thirty years later, Janelle's life is composed of the music and people she loves - and they are the reason for the passion in her voice. Singing, Lauer is at once controlled and unrestrained, smooth and intense, playful and polished, sultry and tender. She communicates with her audience through the nuanced strength and power of her voice and engages each person who hears her sing in a rich dialogue. Like a great teacher, her tone imparts deep meaning that cannot be found in the lyric or melody alone, but in the delivery, in the style, and in the passion of her voice. Janelle's own voice and style is the result of an amalgam of musical experience, including immersion in theatre and concerts, and growing up with musicians. Those experiences and way of life contributed to her contemporary jazz/pop style - a style that highlights Janelle's versatility and defines her strengths without constraining her expression. In June of 2000, Janelle joined Liars Theatre in Marion, Iowa as a regular performer in it's monthly radio show, Liars Holographic Radio Theatre. LHRT is presented to a live audience, as well as recorded and produced for radio and television broadcasts. Her performance and recording experience with Liars cultivated a loyal audience that adores and follows her solo activities. Janelle developed an independent artistic career from this following and built a foundation of performances that feature her own talent. In 2003, Liars Theatre Publishing released Janelle Lauer Live at Liars, a 16-track compilation of live recordings ranging from jazz standards to pop, rock, blues, and show tunes. Janelle brands energy into every song she sings, owning the lyrics, the harmony, the attitude, and the experience. Standards metamorphose when they hit her vocal cords; every tune exposes some momentous human fragility. No matter the size of the crowd or the tune at hand, Lauer always gives herself to her audience in unrestrained, yet carefully executed performances that showcase her vocal flexibility, natural musical understanding, and easy show manner. Her sleek style and ability to transition smoothly from jazz standards to vocally demanding cross-genre material gives her performances and recordings an originality that leaves an indelible impression on her audience and perpetually brings them back for more. Janelle's soulful connection with her audience and vocal sensitivities continue to create a devout following of fans who respect her integrity, sincerity, originality and - above all else - her talent. Janelle's first studio album, Turn the Corner, was released in February of 2005 on the SAVAJ Entertainment label.
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