The Slovak-raised singer-songwriter based in London released her debut EP ‘Lanterns’ in September 2019. She presented her blend of soft rock, folk pop with hints of country, all tied together with her pure vocals attracting comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter. After a sold-out EP launch, she is heading back to the studio to work on a new record, this time with a more acoustic sound. There will be special guests, including some music industry legends.
Jana’s musical journey started in her native Slovakia where she studied classical piano and flute. She went on to study flute in France and continued to pursue the career of a classical musician auditioning for orchestras. She was a member of progressive rock outfit ‘Persona Grata’ that received a lot of praise from Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre) who invited the band to play at the ''Progressive Nation At Sea " in Miami, USA.
Following her childhood dream of becoming a singer, she took a leap of faith and moved to London in 2014, not knowing anyone there. At its core, her music is full of melodies that deliver lyrics effortlessly with great intimacy. Having lived away from her birthplace for a long time, she often sings about leaving or finding home.
Her EP Lanterns has been compared to the ‘'well-traveled folk of Paul Simon with the intimacy of Tracy Chapman... Overall this is an expertly performed record that is accessible without being simplistic, a great sign of things to come.’' (Folk And Honey on Lanterns EP)
'Both the refined and sophisticated musicianship and gorgeous vocals vie for attention on 'Birdhouse' a song that is hard to put into any specific genre. Whilst the vocals have more than a hint of seventies folk style, they are more than that, and the band go from low key jazz funk through to indie rock, or pop, it's that kind of song, and yet it's coherent, catchy and above all high class.' - Beehive Candy
'A throwback sounding EP' - Maverick Magazine
'Birdhouse is a gentle, hypnotic song with a beautiful melody...' - Tony Moore (Soho Radio, The Bedford)
(about 'Lanterns' EP) - 'Overall this is an expertly performed record that is accessible without being simplistic, a great sign of things to come.' - Folk And Honey
'A really classy sound, a fascinating mixture of styles and really original, as are the lyrics.' - Paul Sexton (Music Journalist)
'What does Jana and her band sound like? Simply, like nothing you’ve ever heard before.' - Art Will Fall
‘The likes of Karen Carpenter, Clannad’s Moya Brennan, Enya, Sally Barker and perhaps Vonda Shepherd all spring to mind, on hearing this gorgeous vocal talent. She’s right up there with those stars in quality, too.’ - Music Republic Magazine
'A voice reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and other folk greats and carefully crafted songs that bend folk into other genres like jazz and indie, dissembling your senses with her personal take on songwriting.' -The Lantern Society London