Jana Varga is a Slovak-born London-based singer songwriter. Her well crafted songs are at home in the broad Americana genre but their roots run much deeper. Jana’s natural musicianship is founded in her classical music training, folk influences such as Janis Ian and James Taylor, jazz and fusion. Her sense of harmony and melody comes from building on tradition while constantly looking for surprise and disrupting musical expectations. Having to ‘settle’ down in several countries throughout her life, her lyrics often reflect struggles and challenges when starting from zero in a new environment, creating new bonds and finding a community to belong to.
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. In 2019 she released a debut EP 'Lanterns' and her ability to fuse genres like folk, Americana and country was praised by UK blogs and magazines like Maverick, Prog Mag, Folk and Honey and more.
After a sold-out EP launch, she is heading back to the studio to work on a new record. There will be special guests, including some music industry legends.
'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)
‘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