J: Janey Clewer
Janey Clewer coming from Pittsburgh, is one of well-known songwriters in the AOR / West Coast Music circuit. You would find her name as one of the co-writers on the songs such as "She Just Can't Make Up Her Mind" and "You're Not Alone" on Jay Graydon's greatest 90's AOR album "Airplay For The Planet" (1993). In 1995, Janey wrote two songs for Bill Champlin's album "He Started To Sing" with Bill Champlin and the great guitarist, Bruce Gaitsch, her spouse. It should be remarked that Janey also co-wrote "The Last Words You Said" with Richard Marx for Sarah Brightman for the album "Eden" (1998) and also on "The Very Best Of 1990-2000". Lara Fabian also loves to sing Janey's tunes; "Je T'Appartiens" for the album "Pure" (1997), Lara sang its jazz version when she toured Europe in 2000, and "Bambina" co-written with Lara Fabian for the album "NUE" (2001), which was rerecorded and released for Lara's live acoustic album entitled "EN TOUTE INIMITE". Bambina was the first single for the album and released in October 2003. The album reached #6 on the Billboard France chart. In December of 2004.
Janey is also widely known as a talented backing vocalist with a heartwarming and emotional voice. You may listen to her marvelous backing vocals with many big names such as Peter Cetera on "Restless Heart", "Wild Ways","Where There's No Tomorrow","The Last Place God Made" and "Dip Your Wings" from Cetera's smash hit album "World Falling Down" (1992). Janey's acclaimed career as a backing vocalist should be back to late 80's. You also find her name on George Benson's 1986 album "While The City Sleeps" and "Too Many Woman" from the famous Julio Iglesias's 1988 all-English vocal album "Non-Stop". In February of 2004, Janey had the honor of singing background vocals on "Heaven Help Us All", one of the last songs recorded by Ray Charles. It was a duet with Gladys Knight for his last CD called Genius "Loves Company" which was released on Concord Records/Hear Music in August of 2004.
Janey was the featured duet partner and choir director for George Benson’s Nat King Cole Tribute Concerts, which toured internationally with full orchestra from 2008 to 2014.
Next move was the project called The Bossa Nova Hotel with Michael Sembello and Bruce Gaitsch in 2009, released the album “Moon Island,” with EMI-Japan. the Bossa Nova Hotel’s cover of “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” became the theme song for the popular Japanese public TV channel comedy show “LIFE” and is still running as of January 2021.