November 30, 2004

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Artist: Child, Jane




Born: Scarborough, Ontario

A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Child was the daughter of two seasoned classical musicians. Her mother taught her to sing and her father taught her violin in an atmosphere that excluded rock music. Her formative years were spent listening to an R & B station from Buffalo, New York and, at age 12, singing in the Canadian Children's Opera Company. Before long she was attending and then dropping out of the Royal Conservatory Of Music to join a rock band at age 15 as a keyboard player. In their first year together they toured for 45 weeks playing every rat infested dive in the sleezy backwaters of the Ontario club circuit. She became involved with a management company who moved her to New York City. But the clear vision of her career path clashed with management and during the falling out they confiscated all her recording equipment. She couldn't legally work in the US any longer but had already moved to Los Angeles when her 1988 demo sparked a bidding war by some 11 record labels. She finally rested in the hands of Michael Ostin, Vice-President of A & R for Warner Music in the US based on her self-contained musical ability of writing, performing and producing everything on her own. After some trepidation, Child convinced Warner that she needed the freedom to produce her own records. With her self-titled debut, Child landed a number one hit with "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" in the US in 1990 as it shot into the Billboard Top-10 and sold gold. Canada was a different matter but she did get her due in 1991 when she was nominated for four Juno Awards - 'Songwriter Of The Year', 'Most Promising Female Vocalist', 'Best Dance Recording', and 'Producer Of The Year'. The song eventually was released in half a dozen formats with no less than 13 alternate mixes for dance DJs and radio. The follow-up single "Welcome To The Real World" (which boasts two videos, one which never aired) did nothing to enhance the otherwise prestigious sales of her debut album. Still, she toured faithfully on the strength of her new found fame before returning to LA to start work on a follow-up album. Eighteen months of literal home recording (different instruments were recorded in various rooms in her house) spawned the funk-driven pop and moody power-pop record 'Here Not There'. Feeling she had been packaged and manipulated into a product sporting long braided hair and a nose ring, rather than emphasizing the music, Child took more control over her public image. To that end she mixed her dance rhythms with ragas and grunge affectations. The album did little to push her back into the limelight despite the Top-40 showing of "Do Watcha Do" in the US. By early 1995 she was let go by Warner Bros.


Singles
1990 Don't Wanna Fall In Love/World Lullabye (Warner Music) 1990 Welcome To The Real World/Hey Mr. Jones (Warner Music) 1993 Here Not There (Warner Music) 1993 Do Watcha Do/No Solution (Warner Music) 1994 All I Do/Do Watcha Do [remix]/Here Not There/No Solution (Warner Music)

Albums
1990 Jane Child (Warner Music) 1993 Here Not There (Warner Music)

Video
1990 Don't Wanna Fall In Love 1990 Welcome To The Real World 1993 Here Not There 1993 Do Watcha Do

Compilation Tracks
1990 "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" on 'MTV Party To Go - Volume 1' (Tommy Boy) - compilation 1992 "Mona Lisa Smiles" on 'Freejack [O.S.T.]' (Polydor) - soundtrack






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