November 29, 2004

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Artist: Janz, Paul




Born: Three Hills, Alberta

Born into the family of a Mennonite Minister, Paul Janz's family moved from Three Hills, Alberta, to Switzerland when Janz was four. He started singing gospel music in the church choir and by age ten was writing arrangements for a gospel quartet and performing in front of huge crowds. Because of the fairly conservative nature of his family, listening to popular music was frowned upon, so Janz had to resort to listening to Radio Luxembourg - when he could get it to come in - and the Elvis 45s his brother would smuggle into the house. At age 13 he discovered the trumpet and began performing on the street with the local Salvation Army. After graduating from high school he attended the prestigious Conservatory of Music in Basel, where he studied opera, practiced five hours a day, and was soon in the studio arranging and conducting with members of the Basel Symphony.

The brothers Janz 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 again as Danny Paul Wayne).

But they were torn between their classical upbringing and pop music and put together a Christian-oriented English language sextet of strong vocalists in Europe and called it Deliverance. Deliverance relocated to Munich, Germany in the early 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 in 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 was 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.

At first, Janz had trouble leaving his European past behind and quickly became frustrated with the way his songwriting was going; he was on the verge of calling it quits when he got work as a commercial jingles singer (he's the voice of "Way to go - Chevy!") and enrolled at Simon Fraser University to study philosophy. That same year he had sent some demo tapes to various labels around the country and, in the middle of his jingles work and going to university, an obscure label came forward and offered him recording time. If he could come up with a few more songs, they might consider recording an album. Cramming studio time into an already full schedule, Janz sang and played every instrument himself, but it was worth his effort - the demo album caught the ears of most of the major labels, and eventually he got concrete offers from both CBS and A & M. He'd already signed with A & M, though, by the time the CBS offer came through.

The first album, 'High Strung' (1985), received strong critical praise and produced the hit single "I Go To Pieces"; he also received a Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist. Towards the end of 1985 Michael Godin, vice-president of A & M, left his job at the label and took over Janz's management. But with the cost of touring so high, Janz decided not to go on the road and 'High Strung' failed to sell as well as the reviewers predicted.

So, Godin put Janz in his home studio in North Vancouver, BC, for a year and a half, and after taking the basic tracks and his touring band into Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver in 1987 (where Bon Jovi were recording 'Slippery When Wet') and emerged with his second album, 'Electricity'. Although initial reaction to 'Electricity' was disappointing and it was almost on the verge of disappearing, the label decided to release "Believe In Me" as a final single. The song took on a life of its own and ended up winning PROCAN and CMPA awards, and resparked interest in the album. Because of the success of the song, A & M US sat up and took notice, and made a strong commitment to support the next album.

Recorded in Los Angeles and Vancouver with producer Bill Drescher (the Bangles, Rick Springfield), 'Romantic Renegade' was released in 1990 and rode high on the radio play of "Every Little Tear". Janz was finally able to tour nationally with an opening slot for Melissa Etheridge. Still, the album hardly lived up to the sales grosses of A & M's other Canadian male artist Bryan Adams. They cut him loose and Janz spent the next two years looking for a musical home.

Enter Attic Records' Brian Allen who inked a deal with Janz for exclusive worldwide rights to an undisclosed amount of albums starting with 1992's 'Trust'. Not to be one-upped, A & M rallied back with a Janz 'best of' called 'Presence' which helped put the biggest spotlight on Janz's career yet.

'Trust' was recorded in Janz's home studio in Mission, BC and the material was inspired by Janz's fact finding mission to Brazil with MuchMusic on the famine crisis in that country. The album spawned two hit singles in "Wind Me Up" and "Amazon Rain" which still get major airplay on Adult Contemporary stations in Canada.

with notes from Bob Press and Don Palmer.


Singles
1984 Don't Cry Tonight/Waiting (A & M) AM-668
1985 Go To Pieces/Waiting (A & M) AM-676
1985 High Strung/Solid Ground (A & M) AM-687
1985 Close My Eyes/Suggestions of Love (A & M) AM-693
1987 One Night (Is All It Takes) [7" & 12"] (A & M - US) AM-2946
1987 Believe In Me/Close My Eyes (A & M) AM-738
1987 Gotta Take Your Love/You And Me [12"] (A & M - US) 075021515611
1988 I Won't Cry/One Last Lie (A & M) AM-750
1988 Send Me A Miracle/[same] (A & M) AM-755
1990 Every Little Tear/Darling Drive (A & M) CD-17989
1990 Rocket To My Heart
1990 Stand (A & M)
1990 Hold Me Tender
1993 Wind Me Up/Workin' For My Baby/Get Arrested (Attic) ATT-72025
1993 Take Me Back/On The Docks [CD] (Attic) ATT-72075
1993 Amazon Rain
1993 Call My Person Angel

with DANNY & PAUL
1969 Go Down Moses (Janz Team)

with DELIVERANCE
1979 Leaving L.A./Face The Lady (Global/Attic) GL-400

with JANZ
1981 Mirrors (Global)

Albums
1985 High Strung (A & M) SP-9108
1987 Electricity (A & M) SP-5156
1990 Renegade Romantic (A & M) SP-5288
1992 Presence: A Collection Of Hit Singles (A & M) 70301-9179
1992 Trust (Attic) 7362136526

with DANNY & PAUL
1973 Sing das Lied (Janz Team) 1973 If I Ask (Image VII/Word) VII-7713

with DANNY PAUL WAYNE
1974 Salvation Song (Image VII/Word) VII-7716

with DELIVERANCE
1976 To God Be The Glory (Image VII/Word) VII-7738
1977 Give It A Try (Blue Rose/Intercord - Germany)
1978 Lasting Impressions (Global/Atlantic/WEA - Germany) KSD-50531
1979 Tightrope (Global/Attic) GLO-4001

Video
1990 Video Hits [3 songs]

Compilation Tracks






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