"… a killer guitarist, but she also happens to be a great singer and songwriter."
-The Album Network
Janet Robin is not just another female singer/ songwriter with a guitar. From her performances, one gets the sense that she and the guitar are one. Countless reviews have been written to attest to her playing abilities. Janet's musical roots are grounded by her mentors: Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac). It all began with Janet listening to her older brother perform. This inspired her to pick up the guitar at the early age of six and study under the guitar teacher around the corner from her home, Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osborne).
While still in high school, Janet started performing with several popular Los Angeles bands and evolved into a premier guitarist. As her talent progressed so did her playing opportunities, landing a spot in the Lindsey Buckingham Band as one of the featured guitarists on tour and in the studio. Following her tenure with Lindsey, Janet was invited by Meredith Brooks to become a member of Meredith's touring band and her opening artist.
During this time, when Janet was not on the road, she began developing her solo career. Ever the industrious one, Janet has recorded three albums, "Open the Door", "Out From Under" and "After The Flood…". These first three albums have sold close to 8,000 copies and Janet has promoted them by performing over 450 shows in the last six years. In the winter of 2007 she just finished recording on her fourth album "Days of Summer" with producers David Bianco (Tom Petty, Teenage Fanclub) and Steve Baughman (Eminem, 50 Cent).
Janet's song placement highlights include: "Say It One More Time," which was featured in the TV show Felicity and "Formosa Café" which is on the soundtrack of the film Free Enterprise. "Brownstone" from her second album is used in the TV sitcom Good Girls Don't and the song "Around The Corner" from that same album is being used in the DVD release of the TV series Wonderfalls. Janet has taken opportunity to co-write with the likes of Marcy Levy (Eric Clapton, Shakespeare Sister), Maia Sharp (Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt) Anne McCue and Garrison Starr. Her song "Personal Revolution" is featured on the Girls Night Out – Love and Life compilation, distributed exclusively through the Target retail chain - which has sold over 35,000 units.
Janet reaches a loyal audience through her constant touring, websites, TV appearances and word-of-mouth. Her artist endorsement with Sennheiser USA, had her featured on their website. Michelle Shocked invited Janet to play guitar on her latest album. Michelle has stated that, "Janet is one of the best guitarists [she} know in the country… Female or male!". Other notable artists that Janet has toured, recorded and/or co-written with include:
Clumsy Lovers Patty Larkin Michelle Shocked Catie Curtis Michelle Malone The Smithereens
Melissa Etheridge Anne McCue Garrison Starr Melissa Ferrick Leon Russell Loudon Wainwright III
Colin Hay Maia Sharp Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart)