Janis is based in NYC but was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. Growing up, she was inspired by Tina Turner’s voice and heartfelt songs which fueled her desire to sing, dance and act at a young age. She attended Greenville’s only public performing arts high school, Greenville’s Fine Arts Center which spring boarded her singing and dancing passion. The stage embraced her as the Leading Player in the musical Pippin. Ms. Janis received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University in Washington, DC. Her concentration was in acting, however, she continued to study dance and take voice lessons to hone her craft. After graduating Ms. Janis was cast in her first regional theater show, Blues for an Alabama Sky, directed by Al Freeman Jr. at the Vineyard Playhouse in Martha’s Vineyard. This led her to earn a Master of Fine Arts graduate degree at Rutgers University in 2001.
Ms. Janis began her work with children in NY with the Periwinkle National Theater Group. Through this group she visited NYC public schools that were considered high risk and through performance helped the students deal with bullying and violence. She then met the award-winning Choreographer and Founder of Leapsmart, Monica Levy. Leapsmart is an innovative creative movement program for preschool children. Ms. Janis worked with Monica teaching thousands of Westchester children for five years.
In 2008, Ms. Janis became a Leapsmart business owner serving NYC as well as Brooklyn. In 2009, Ms. Janis released her first children’s album, Moving Bodies and Inspiring Hearts Volume 1 to great reviews from teachers, parents and children. Most recently, Ms. Janis has completed her sophomore album, Tumbling Fun Volume 2. The music encourages children to sing, dance and dream of traveling to faraway places.
Ms Janis is also a newlywed and lives in Brooklyn. Ms Janis can be reached at Janis@janisdionne.com
Kelvin is originally from Takoma Park, MD outside of DC. He has been living in NYC for the past seven years. Kelvin received his BS in biology from Morgan State and a masters of music in music technology from NYU. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, The Neptunes, Donald Lawrence and Kirk Franklin are some of his musical influences. He’s worked with numerous artists as a producer and studio musician. He has also assisted engineered a recording session with John Legend and Estelle. One of his proudest accomplishments is having his music featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices. Currently he is working on original music and attending school at FIT. Kelvin arranged the music for Ms. Janis on her debut album, Moving Bodies and Inspiring Hearts.
Kelvin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gin is originally from Seoul Korea. He has been living in NYC for 13 years. Gin has a BA in music education. Gin’s musical influences are vast. He believes all music, new, good, bad, past or present can be an inspiration. In Korea he worked with many major k-pop/rock artists, two blockbuster motion picture soundtracks, a few soap operas and jingles. Gin currently works for Soul to Seoul Productions and Hammer Productions. Gin arranged the music and co produced Ms. Janis’ second release, Tumbling Fun.
Gin can be reached at email@example.com