Joanne Janzen | About Me
About Me
Hey Everyone! It’s Joanne here! I thought since I was doing an overhaul of my website (which is self created) I should write an honest “About Me” section and not feed you some professionally written bio about how I was “born to perform” and how my songwriting is “prolific” and how my “unique vocal qualities are immediately apparent”. These are actual quotes from my last “paid for” bio. I just figure if you want to know more about me you’ll probably go to Google and plug in my name and there you will find probably almost all of my old bios (some paid for) and old promo pics. The fact is I do “me” better than anything else and here I will attempt to place some meaningful text that gives you an idea of who I actually am. Of course if you would like to “hear” me first, feel free to Check out my original music HERE and you’ll get an idea of what I sound like. So I’m Australian born and I married a Canadian and have been living in Canada since the year 2000. I affectionately refer to my dual citizenship as being a “Caustralian”. I love being a citizen of two very awesome countries and I love travelling. In fact I love travelling so much that this year my husband and I sold our home and belongings, signed our kids up for homeschooling and travelled the US and Canada in “Lucille 2” (our home sweet motorhome) for 12 months spanning part of 2014 & 2015. It was the trip of a lifetime. I’ve been a full-time musician since 2006 and I LOVE MY LIFE. I believe I can be the best version of myself while writing, creating and performing. I used to be a computer Programmer-Analyst, but I knew after only 2 years in the IT industry that this was not what I was meant to be doing. I love learning, I am completely self-taught on the guitar and I love playing and creating new tunes without boundaries of saying that I'm one genre or another. That being said I sound quite country probably due to my country roots and my love of the way that country music can tell a story. When I was a kid I was obsessed with Motown and Bob Marley. I wore out two Bob Marley “Legend” CD’s and one Jackson Five CD. I am a complete and total documentary junkie, and I have consumed a large majority of the documentaries on NETFLIX. Anything about a person or a person’s story is something I will consume and probably cry over. I figure I have played somewhere in the vicinity of 2000+ shows in my career a large majority of those being regular pub gigs, but I've been on festival stages, showcases galore, songwriters circles, (even a stage musical or two)! I've been lucky enough to do some really awesome, amazing things in my career so far, like sing anthems at NHL (Edmonton Oilers) hockey games, travel  North America and Europe, sing for dozens of charity events, raised money for organizations in need. In 2013 even organized my own Aussie tour and in conjunction with that I gave away a $10,000 trip of a lifetime to Queensland, Australia (my home area) to 2 lucky Canadian's! I love people and I often wonder how artists/musicians who don’t love people actually do this for a living. In 2007/2008 I bought out my first 2 songs on Canadian country radio which were great songs and amazingly produced, however they were not songs that told anything about who I was and I wasn’t overly emotionally invested in them. I learned a lot about the industry during this time. I then bought out my first full-length debut Album which I produced and recorded in Nashville called “Sad Circus” in January 2012 and I have quite a lot of emotional investment in these songs. I’m excited about following it up with an even better album. I feel fortunate to have written so many songs since then and to have had others record songs that I've written in the past few years. I believe in LOVE, never giving up and a shitload of hard work! I stand by that. My all time favourite quote is “I am the Master of my Fate; I am the Captain of my Soul” – Invictus (William Ernest Henley). I have worn this quote on a necklace around my neck for many years and I truly believe in it. No one else is going to create a life for you that you love, your fate is in your own hands. So take a look around and listen to some music, maybe download some tunes 😉 I would love to have you sign up for my email fan list. I send out free music and cool stuff that no one else gets to see or hear. I'm pretty happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to go ask me on my Facebook page or Twitter or leave a comment here on my blog. Thanks for taking the time to read. Love Joanne
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