Influences: Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, H.E.R., Taylor Swift.
Janique hails from the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Her island roots give her an aura of composure and chill. Singing and music has always been a major part of her life. Even at the young age of 6 she grabbed opportunities to perform in front of a crowd. Her very first public performance was at her primary school where she entered a calypso competition. Her charisma and singing ability were on full display even then and she won first place. She’s been performing ever since. In her early teens, she joined a choir led by Marilyn Lalla and performed with them all around the country until moving to the U.S. at age 19.
Her songwriting ambitions came during her mid-twenties. “I moved the U.S. to pursue a degree in engineering and to hopefully start a fulfilling career. But at 25, I found myself wondering if that was what I really wanted. When I first came, I had this singular goal of obtaining my degree to get a well paying job, but in the process I inadvertently stifled a big part of myself. I knew that I could either choose to ignore until it was completely gone, or give it a means to blossom. So, one day I signed up for a songwriting workshop in the city and since then I’ve been writing songs and developing my musical style.”
Her major music influences are singer songwriters with powerful and moving lyrics over catchy and melodic piano and/or guitar sounds. Nina Simone, Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz are always in her music rotation. Janique’s songs reflect her view of the world around her. Honesty is her greatest tool and her music comes from a deep and authentic place.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).