Thursday, April 9, 2009

Janice McClain

Janice McClain (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female R&B singer\songwriter that has traveled around the world for the past 20 years.
In 1979, 15-year-old Janice signed to Warner Bros. Records and released her first single, "Smack Dab in the Middle" which peaked at #91 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.
In the early 80's, she released two more singles: "Giving My Love" (1983) and "Burnin' Up" (1984) on Mon-Tab Records.

Later on, Janice went to Atlantic City, New Jersey to audition for a spot at the Trump Plaza which blew everyone away. Janice and her band Tapestry were immediately hired.

During one of their shows, Patti LaBelle was so impressed with Janice performing, she became her mentor. Patti took her to MCA Records where she was single-handedly given a record deal.
In 1986, Janice released her self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted at all.
The first single "Passion and Pain" peaked at #75 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks, becoming her highest chart appearance to date.
The follow-up single from the album "Let's Spend the Night" failed to make the charts at all.

Since then, Janice has opened for the Commodores and James Brown along with providing backing vocals for singers such as Deniece Williams, Hall & Oates, George Clinton and Linda Ronstadt.

These days, she is a member of a wedding band called the Philly Party Band.

To see the website for the Philly Party Band, go to:
http://phillyparty.com/

To see a fan-made video for "Smack Dab in the Middle," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBYqYA04GxE

To see the music video for "Passion and Pain," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdoArgWnYlA

To see a fan-made video for "Let's Spend the Night," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qfq_CwAABU


[updated on 05\11\12]

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