"A versatile singer/songwriter, Janine Payne devotes every bit of herself into moving and inspirational performances that will bring you to your feet - an experience you won't soon forget."
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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Janine began her gospel singing journey when at 15 she led songs in her church choir in a uniquely adult-like contralto voice, and the musically-gifted Clifton Smith Sr. Family Singers, founded by her grandfather. Music influences include gospel quartet music of the Famous Soul Revivals (to which her grandfather was a member), Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, and Aretha Franklin. Janine is known for her own colorful sound that is influenced by R&B greats such as Lou Rawls, Donny/Lalah Hathaway, and the legendary O’Jay’s, or as she likes to refer to them, "My homies from Cleveland".
Janine's performs a wide repertoire of R&B, gospel, and jazz classics, and songs of American patriotism that “As a spouse of an Air Force (retired) military member, fills me with pride to sing and serve this country as God has gifted me.”
Janine is presently preparing a tribute to one of her R&B influencers, and currently booking the Janine Sound In-Home Concert Experience from May-Oct 2018 and Feb-Oct 2019. Inquire here.
As a voice over talent, she's voiced radio commercials, conference promos, and faith-based service announcements. Her finesse and freedom with vocal variations will accommodate your need for high-quality audio in an acoustically treated Whisper Room. Trust her voice of experience with your project.
Janine's career as a public health professional and prior work in public relations and event planning has gained her flexibility and understanding of client and contractor needs. She's worn both hats - and respects the reality of "change". Janine has traveled to various parts of Europe, lived in the UK on a military accompanied tour with her husband, distinctly bless by a friend to travel to South Africa & Zimbabwe, and throughout the United States. She's also an avid gardener who now also found a new love for entertaining friends - or as she puts it, "Just letting folks feel at home in my space". Janine and husband Don are blessed with two exceptional adult children who reside in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.