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Quite a surprise, but awesome anyway

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Just received a really amazing review of ‘Time WIll Tell’ courtesy of Tony Cannella from Femme Metal Webzine.   Quite a pleasant surprise as it’s been a year since it was released!

Check out the review here

http://www.femmemetalwebzine.net/2014/01/16/janey-summer-time-wil-tell-single-2011/

While you’re there, why not take 5 to find out about some of the other awesome female-fronted heavy bands that are getting showcased. Well worth a quick peek, I reckon 🙂

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My inspirations – Paul Rodgers

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paul rodgersI first discovered the delights of Paul Rodgers’ voice in the late 80s when my friend decided to clear out his old album collection; like a magpie I swooped in for some shiny gems and there in the midst was a couple diamonds:

  • Free: Fire and Water
  • Bad Company: Bad Company

Stunning stuff. I lost count of the number of hours and plays those records got, whilst I sang along with my hairbrush in the mirror, completely lost in the music.

I raved to my friend about how awesome Free were, and scrawled the band name over my jeans in cheap biro just to assert how much I loved them. And of course a big part of that was Paul Rodgers. The voice, the hair and the tight cords all came together into the perfect rock frontman bundle.

Someone once described Paul Rodgers’ voice as ‘gravel and honey’, which I think’s a pretty much perfect description! He has got the smoothest gritty voice I’ve ever heard and I had the great pleasure of seeing him live for the first time only a couple years ago at Bournemouth. Vocally his performance didn’t disappoint; literally didn’t miss a note.

Bad Company Performing Live On Stage At Wembley Arena In London, 2010

Although I don’t listen too often to the old stuff any more, as soon as ‘My Brother Jake’ comes on, I suddenly realise my brain has retained all that conditioning from years ago and I find myself still recalling all the words. Mr Big, Fire and water, Moving on, Ready for love, The hunter, I’ll be creeping; are all still filed away in my mental music library.

freeI still have huge respect and admiration for his passion and achievements, and without a doubt Paul Rodgers was one of my earliest and strongest vocal influences from a very young age.

http://www.paulrodgers.com/

Lyrics – Time Will Tell

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I often get asked about my lyrics – what they mean, or what a certain song is a about.

So I thought I’d start a little series and post up some of my favourite lyrics over the next couple months. To start the ball rolling these are from my most recent single, Time Will Tell. I was inspired by the writing style of Ronnie James Dio on this song. Maybe you can tell!? Would love to hear your comments.  Are you surprised by what the lyrics actually are? Especially if you’ve been singing along something completely different! 😉

Lyrics for Time Will Tell (c) Janey Summer 2009
Lyrics for Time Will Tell
(c) Janey Summer 2009

Is it New Year already? Whaaaaa????! ;)

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Yes it’s time for the Happy New Year blog overload!

Well, 2013 has been quite a year for me on the personal front, even if not so much on the musical front!

This year after years of uncertainty and problems, I’ve finally got a secure home, income and my health is now fully restored. Thank God! And I’m sure you’ll agree these three things are pretty important basics to get sorted! I’ve gotta say a huge thanks to everyone who has sent me encouraging messages and notes. And thanks for sticking by me in these rougher/quieter times. Some haven’t. So it certainly makes me grateful for the loyalty I have been shown by fans and friends J

Anyway, good news is that now all that ‘stuff’ is taken care of, I’m looking forward to having more time and resources to put into my main mission of music in 2014. HOORAY! My first priority will be to get my delayed EP recorded and released – based on the songs I’ve been gigging at acoustic sets over the last few months – cannot wait!

I’m also going to be going all-out to get a live line-up together, as well as exploring the possibility of writing songs for publishing – ie writing for other people – so lots in the pipeline!

God bless you in 2014! Hope you have a fantastic night tonight, full of laughter and joy, and that 2014 will see our lives rise higher with the sun shine on our backs.

Janey x

Want to hear some new songs? Come ye to a gig!

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I’m pleased to announce I’ll be doing a series of acoustic gigs across Bristol and Somerset over the autumn and winter to give my new songs an airing before I record them early next year!

More dates will be added as they’re booked, but take a look at the schedule so far – it’s on the homepage at janeysummer.com

I’ll look forward to seeing some of you out on the road!

If you’d like me to come to a venue near you (I can travel within reason!) please do let me know and I’ll see what I can fit in.

Love and blessings, Janey 🙂

xXx

Shiny new website design

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Seems like ages since I posted anything, but just wanted to let you know that afer a couple months of twiddling about, I have finally got the new website up and running at http://www.janeysummer.com

Feel free to check it out – the groovy new home page has a completely revamped look and feel, with a new gallery, gigs calendar and stores pages.

There hasn’t been much news to report on lately, but I have been busy behind the scenes writing some new songs, and really hope to head back into the studio soon, so the quieter times are coming to an end thankfully!

Thanks for all your support – please do visit the site and drop me a comment or a tweet.

Love and light to you all,

Janey xx