This young lady had me on my feet…..she rocks it! ……and she sings as well….always a bonus……Superstar! King Britt of Sylk 130
“With a strong ear, developing voice and steady mixing, Janel Roland is definitely a DJ to watch.” Scott Sterling of URB Magazine
The next wave of Chicago talent begins with this rising star. Janel Roland is making her presence strong in the Chicago House scene and beyond with her exceptional skills as a DJ and smooth vocal styling as a singer.
Born to a Korean mother and Caucasian father, Janel had a diverse cultural upbringing. Her passion for music goes back to her early childhood years of learning the piano, singing in the choir and playing the clarinet. Her talent continued to grow while she studied music intensely in school and through private classical training. She received many prestigious awards for her achievements in classical clarinet and voice.
After experiencing DJ culture in clubs and raves in Chicago and Saint Louis, Janel decided to express her creativity through the sounds of House music. While in college she took her vocal skills to the next level by gaining the ability to ad lib and scat sing in jazz voice. In 1999, she grew an interest in mixing and began to purchase records and learn mixing techniques. With a naturally gifted ear for music, Janel developed her skills as a DJ in a very short time.
Currently, Janel is focusing her much of her creative energy in the studio as a vocalist and songwriter. She has worked with highly renowned producers such as Ron Carroll, The Blak Beat Niks, Mazi, Tim Schumaker, Kenny Carvajal, Slater Hogan, John Larner and Stax. She recently completed a project with Demarkus Lewis titled Dream To Me that has received DJ support from artists such as The Inland Knights, Lady D, Slater Hogan, Titonton Duvante and Jamie Thinnes.
Janel has performed in many major clubs in Chicago such as Smartbar, Red no 5, Vision, Big Wig, Zentra, Harrys Velvet Room and Superlounge. Her touring schedule in 2003 included 11 cities and she continues to perform regularly in Chicago and many cities around the US.