Jane Child (born Jane Richman on February 15, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a pop\dance singer, musician, and producer. Jane is the daughter of late Canadian violinist\conductor\composer\arranger, Ricky Hyslop. Jane took violin lessons from her father and voice lessons from her mother. Jane was known for her fashion style that included spiked hair with long braids and a chain linking a nose ring to an earring.
As a child, Jane was a part of the Canadian Opera Company's children's chorus and she attended the Royal Conservatory of Music until she dropped out to join a rock band in Toronto. Jane was signed to Warner Music in 1988.
A year later in 1989, Jane released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #40 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. Jane wrote and arranged all the songs on the album. She also sang and played keyboards, synthesizers, synth & electric bass, drums, and percussion on the album too.
Jane's hit song, "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The song was also successful in the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, and New Zealand.
The song was produced by Teddy Riley and written by Jane herself. The song peaked low in the UK because Jane refused to appear on "Top of the Pops" because she considered the program a "sellout." In April of 1990, "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" was certified Gold by the RIAA. The song is known as Jane's only big hit, making her a "one-hit wonder" singer.
The follow-up single, "Welcome to the Real World" peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100, unable to match the success of her hit song.
In 1993, Jane released her sophomore album, "Here Not There" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart. The album consisted of hard rock music elements instead of the dance-pop music from her debut.
The album wasn't very successful and the only single to chart was, "All I Do" which managed to peak at #25 on Billboard's dance charts. Jane contributed the song, "Mona Lisa Smiles" to the 1992 movie, "Freejack" a year before the album's release. After that, Jane had faded away from the music scene for several years, but she managed to keep herself busy by providing backing vocals and working on several projects.
In 1996, Jane started work on her third album, "Surge" which was finally released in 2001 on her website on her own record label. During 2001, Jane re-recorded the song, "World Lullabye" (from her first album) and sold the song on her website. All proceeds were donated to the Twin Towers Fund.
Jane's fourth album has yet to be released, and today she's working & recording movie soundtracks. It's unknown when the release date for Jane's next album will be.
To see the music video for "Don't Wanna Fall in Love," go to:
To see the music video for "Here Not There," go to:
To see the music video for "Do Whatcha Do," go to:
To see the music video for "Welcome to the Real World" (thanks to Maxwell K for the link), go to: