Today we’d like to introduce you to Jane Honor.
Hi Jane, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in NYC, I started writing little tunes in my room when I was eight. Soon after, I began professional voice lessons and wanted to pursue a career in musical theatre. Something always drew me back to songwriting, so I decided to attend USC Thornton School of Music in LA. There I began to release my own original music under the name Jane Honor. I have performed at various venues including: The Berklee Performance Center, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugarbar, Prohibition, and the world-famous Apollo Theatre.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all. This industry can be extremely tough and discouraging at times. There have been times where I felt like it’s too late for me because I’m 20 years old. My one advice to teenage artists starting their twenties is that time is on your side, and you are not disposable after a certain age. Mental health has always been a struggle for me in my life, and it is not something I talk about too often. Dealing with PTSD and depression is not an easy task, and in my generation it has become so much more common. I always feel comforted meeting other people who deal with what I do. And that is why I put it in my music so often. I hope everyone who listens to my music knows they can reach out at any time.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a singer/songwriter and performer. I record and release my own music. I also write, produce, and mix for other artists. I would say songwriting is my superpower. It has always been that anchor in my life when everything gets loud. I am rooted in many different genres and can write in various styles. The music I release is like soulful indie pop. But I also write country and mainstream pop songs for other artists. I grew up doing musical theater and still adore it so much. I would love to write a Broadway show one day. I am probably most proud of the music I have released on streaming platforms under my name Jane Honor. These songs are my story, it is me pouring my heart out for the world to listen. I really hope that some of my themes of addiction, love, insecurity resonate with people.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Whatever you wanna do, practice practice practice. Being a songwriter, I will write every single day. You don’t need to pressure yourself to write a full song every single day. But you should write a line or a cool riff on your instrument. Or even just write what you see and experience every day. I do this all the time and it will always inspire a song. The most important thing is to never give up. It sounds so corny but please. don’t.
There are a lot of “nos” there are a lot of people out there who will not like what you’re doing, but it really only takes one person to believe in you. Only make art for yourself, don’t compromise it.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janehonor/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janehonor100
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp_ox542inh8AIc9imbrCxg
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/janehonor
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