“ Singing is the closest thing to flying,” says singer/songwriter, Janet Gillette, whose songs not only express her own experience, her own journey through the world, but whose
“ Singing is the closest thing to flying,” says singer/songwriter, Janet Gillette, whose songs not only express her own experience, her own journey through the world, but whose clear and gentle voice also takes us on a journey – a journey through our inner landscapes. Originally from Virginia’s southern coast, Janet grew up singing and always wanting to sing, her childhood filled with the music of her mother, an accomplished pianist. While studying theatre and philosophy, her poetry joined melody and her songwriting took shape. Her love of singing then brought her to Germany to deepen her training in the method of the School of Uncovering the Voice, which has combined with the influences of her southern roots, folk, soul, gospel, and jazz, the traditional music of English and Irish Folk Ballads and the vibrant edge of Berlin, where she has been based for over 12 years, to contribute to Janet’s unique sound, referred to as “resonant, luminous, reflective and transcendental”. She is an advocate of the authentic tone of the voice unfiltered through technical mediums and currently sings in several projects, including jazz standards, classical acapella, and original composition. Improvisation plays a key role in both her composing and performing. There is a seeking, within her songs, a “listening into the silence”, according to her, for “what moves and wants to come through me into the moment. I just try to stay open to what wants to be sung, to what wants to grow, to whisper, to scream, what wants to be heard. And I try to let it out, to let it sing me”.
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