Brought up in a musical family –
Janice & her sister perfomed as a
duo performing western songs for locals at an early age. Inspired by a high
school performance of Elvis Presley songs – Janice discovered both
rock-a-billy music but a life long love of Elvis Presley and his songs.
By late 1969 – Janice had convinced
her parents to take her to Presley’s
Memphis – to pursue a recording career. She recorded several tunes
at the legendary Sun Records Studio (Sam Phillips Recording Studio)
in Memphis in late 1969. Although none of these tunes were ever
released, she struck a friendship with a number of the Presley family and
employees – including Presley’s Uncle Vester Presley – who lived at Graceland.
Over the next few years – Janice
was able to infiltrate a number
of Elvis Presley parties at Graceland and other venues throughout
Memphis and became friends with “The King of Rock & Roll”. Janice has
attended over 50 Presley concerts, many times being invited backstage
and to private parties due to her personal friendship with Presley.
Janice continued to perform throughout the Midwest – billing herself as
“The Female Elvis”. In the mid-80’s Janice’s career took off. She recorded
several singles and an EP featuring both Presley covers and other
rock-a-billy originals and covers. Around the 10th Anniversary of Presley’s
death – she was spotting by several national promoters who recognized
not only her commitment to the music of Elvis but her unique way
of conveying his songs during her performances.
She was featured in a number of
national publications, including SPIN
Magazine, The National Examiner and numerous other national magazines.
She was called to perform on both the national Oprah
Winfrey Show and The Joan Rivers Show.
Articles on “The Female Elvis” were
found throughout the world,
particularly in Europe where the love of both Rock-A-Billy Music and
that of Elvis are still strong as ever. Janice continues to live in Exeter,
NE and performs her blend of Rock-A-Billy and Presley
music to the delight of crowds to this day.