Danny Janz (vocals)
Ken Janz (vocals)
Paul Janz (vocals, keyboards)
Herb Rempel (vocals, percussion, bongos; 1976-1977)
Paul Barnard (bass; 1976-1977)
Vern Giesbrecht (vocals: 1976-1978)
Doug Virgin (guitars: 1978)
Guy Roellinger (bass; 1978)
Rick Shaw (drums, percussion, vocals; 1978)
Dave McSparran (drums; replaced Shaw 1979)
Jacques Emanuel Belzung (guitars; replaced Virgin 1979)
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, the Janz brothers were sons of a Mennonite family who spent their formative years in Switzerland. The brothers dabbled in church choirs and opera while secretly cultivating a love of pop music. Danny and Paul would team up early on to record as a duo simply named "Danny And Paul" (and later adding Wayne Quiring). Meanwhile, brother Ken followed his own spiritual music quest with several early '70s releases under the name The Janz Team Singers.
But they were torn between their classical upbringing and pop music and the three brothers put together a Christian-oriented English language sextet of strong vocalists featuring additional members from The Janz Team Singers in Europe and called it Deliverance. Deliverance relocated to Munich, Germany in the mid-1970's after winning a songwriting contest in a German music magazine.
The band would stay together for 10 years, release 4 albums and play shows to crowds of up to 10,000 people with the likes of The Scorpions. Their biggest hit was "Leaving L.A." released in Europe in 1979. The single went to No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100. By 1980 they had signed a deal with Global Records who licenced their material out to no less than 4 record labels worldwide -- Atlantic, Epic, Attic and Metronome.
With legal troubles from a copyright suit concerning the band's name, the act became known as 'Janz' who recorded a single that went #1 but were advised by their attorney that the deal for a full album was not in their best interest. Paul Janz felt the glass ceiling of the European music industry trapping him and quit Deliverance several thousand Deutschmarks in debt, and returned to Vancouver in 1980 to become a jingle writer and a member of Prism briefly. Brothers Danny and Ken stayed in Germany where they remain today running a company called The Janz Team. Danny is still making music with Canada's Danny Plett.
Paul Janz would eventually sign with A & M Records, and later Attic, for a lucrative solo career.
with notes from Daryl Sawatzky and Don Palmer.
Leaving L.A./Face The Lady (Global/Attic) GL-400
To God Be The Glory (Image VII/Word) VII-7738
Give It A Try (Blue Rose/Intercord - Germany)
Lasting Impressions (Global/Atlantic/WEA - Germany) KSD-50531
Tightrope (Global/Attic) GLO-4001
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