Janet Robin
Biography and photos provided by Janet Robin.

Inspired and motivated by a variety of innovative and skillful songwriters
Janet Robin; Photo provided by Janet Robin; Copyright Karen Schmidt
Janet Robin
such as Lindsey Buckingham, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Chrissie Hynde, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, and Harry Nilsson, Janet Robin has been honing her own musical craft. Driven by memorable guitar work, Janet’s songs place great emphasis on melodic arrangements with expressive vocals and lyrics. Her style has been described as “edgy electro-acoustic pop” (LA Weekly) with “gutsy original songs” (AXIS Music and Media) and her performances as “rockin’ with excellent songs and guitar work” (LA Weekly).

Following in the footsteps of one of her brothers, Janet’s broad musical history in Los Angeles began when she started to play guitar at age six, studying guitar with the (late great) Randy Rhoads, who taught locally in Janet’s neighborhood. Whereas her brother eventually grew up to become a dentist, she continued on playing and writing with local neighborhood bands.

Eventually joining the LA all-girl rock band, Precious Metal, Janet established a reputation as a guitarist/background singer. After band

"Backstage in Seattle after a show with Lindsey and Nancy Wilson. Nancy and myself are old friends having written songs together in the past. I recently opened for Ann and Nancy out here in L.A.."
struggles and eventual break-up, Janet landed a spot in Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham’s band. She toured with Lindsey on two U.S. and Canadian tours (one opening for Tina Turner), and recorded with him in the studio.

After working as a touring musician for a few years, Janet decided to break out on her own as a solo artist- writing, recording and touring. Her CD entitled “Open the Door,” features 13 original diverse songs and is described as “Smart, savvy, fuzzy, hooky pop...” (Buzz Weekly). Co-produced with Mark Karan, “Open the Door” is released on Janet’s own independent label, Little Sister Records, and is available by mail-order and through internet distribution (including autographed copies through The Penguin's Album Corner now!).

Amongst continuous playing of her own shows locally and on the road, Janet has
Lindsey Buckingham and Janet Robin; Photo copyright/provided by Janet Robin
Lindsey Buckingham and Janet Robin
also opened for Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), The Wild Colonials, Catie Curtis, Loudon Wainwright III, Maia Sharp, Buckethead, the Smithereens, the BusBoys and other national touring artists. Her vigorous touring nationally has built her a loyal following and her energetic performances are always received by her audience with great enthusiasm.

Janet Robin's most recent release, Out From Under, was produced mostly in the bedroom of her house in Los Angeles, California and "dives even deeper in styles that range from catchy-pop-rock, to loop-based-hard-driven-rock, to sparse percussive acoustic songs, often heard at her live shows."


 

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