A Story Steeped in Sound and Music History
JANINE IS a smooth powerhouse singer in the DMV whose vocal style gives life to lyrics. Her extraordinary rich, deep velvet tones and powerful lower register, masters the range and interpretations to the likes of Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, and Mahalia Jackson. Listen as she stands on her own and does so throughout every performance | her smile is evidence of how much she delights in giving you her all.
Janine grew up listening to great Gospel quartet harmonies from her grandparent’s stairway during lively rehearsals of the Famous Soul Revivals to which her grandfather, Clifton Smith Sr. was a member. This music remains at her core and plays a role in her style of performing vintage and contemporary gospel, R/B, and jazz. She hails from a family of great gospel singers and often speaks of her experiences in the Clifton Smith Sr. Family Singers; eponymous for her grandfather, through this she acquired a love and appreciation for the gift to share her voice with others. Her father Eddie B’s love of music also inspires many of her concert selections with reference to her “Daddy’s record box”.
Janine has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making public appearances, all the while working on her own new music. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with us with your comments and questions.