Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time GRAMMY winner and a seventeen-time GRAMMY nominee, has been an undeniable force in the renown Manhattan Transfer’s diverse musical catalog. In addition to her career as a founding member of that musical institution, Janis has sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base, and garnered consistently high critical praise.
These days, Janis can be found in the place she loves most, the recording studio, producing various ventures for other artists and singing on a wide array of projects. She also tours with her trio, teaches at universities and high schools, and is the new show “Ella - A Life in Song” in which she pays tribute to her idol, Ella Fitzgerald. Janis’ tenth solo CD, NightSongs, was released on Palmetto Records. Her two most recent CDs are Honey & Air, a Brazilian/jazz vocal adventure with her group Requinte Trio, and Some Other Time, a tribute to Leonard Bernstein with trombonist/singer Nils Landgren. Janis, who is a lifelong resident and lover of Manhattan, feels that some styles are timeless and universal, regardless of prevailing trends. “I think people will always respond to emotion and to great songs sung well,” she says. “When you come down to it, people want to feel something.”