Janice Dempsey


Janice Dempsey

Janice Dempsey's (a/k/a JD) beautiful voice and incredible composing talents are one of the best kept music industry secrets of her generation. Over her career she has captured 8 Gold and 2 Platinum Awards, one Grammy, and over 20 charted songs working with true musical legends such as Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson, Darryl Hall, Mick Jagger, Smokey Robinson, Najee, Roberta Flack, and her incredible guitar virtuoso brother, Greg Howe.

Janice began her musical career at age 4 as "Little Janice, the Gospel Singing Baby" under the tutelage of her late mother, The Reverend Alma Dempsey. Traveling up and down the East coast, little Janice opened for such gospel greats as The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The 5 Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Ceasar, and James Cleveland. After High School, she was awarded a scholarship to the exclusive Mannes College of Music in NYC where she studied composition and voice. JD then accepted a scholarship to Bridgeport University in her home state of Connecticut where she was the lead singer of the University of Bridgeport Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Neil Slater. The band, which featured then unknown drummer Dave Weckyl, recorded two albums and toured the US performing with such acts as Clark Terry, George Shearing, and Edgar Winter. 

At the end of Janice's second year at UB, she was contacted by producer/songwriter, the late Kieth Diamond, (Billy Ocean, Mick Jagger) who had become familiar with Janice's talent a few years prior, while working at CBS Records. He needed Janice's voice to sing demo tracks for an upcoming album he was producing for Melba Moore. Janice (along with the soon to be legend, Freddie Jackson) then went on to tour with Melba as a background singer . This series of events spawned a performing career that has taken her throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Next, Freddie Jackson blew up and Janice was right there with him singing on, arranging and writing many of his all time biggest hits, including "He'll Never Love You" "Look Around" and "Just a Little Bit More". 

Janice then followed Freddie's footsteps signing a management deal with Hush Productions and a solo album deal with Geffin Records who released "Janice Dempsey" primarily in Europe. This was followed by a second solo release on Epic entitled "Thirsty". During this time Janice was honing her writing skills and secured a lucrative publishing deal with MCA/Universal.

This led to her songs being placed with SWV (Platinum), Freddie Jackson (Platinum), Chaka Khan (Gold), Najee (Gold), Alex Bugnon (Gold) and many others. With her studio background singing and arranging talents in high demand by what seemed like the entire R&B industry including (and this is a partial list) Darryl Hall, Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Barbara Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Kashif, Tom Jones, Don Johnson, Nile Rogers, Yasha (Rhani Songs), Marlena Shaw, Marion Meadows, AWB, Michael Bolton, Greg Howe, Jonathan Butler, Danny Pickering, Marcus Miller, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Buddy Williams, Sherry Winston, and Barry Eastmond.

It was at this time in the late 90's that Janice decided to take a break from the road, the studios and music industry in general. Having worked with CBS, Epic, Atlantic, Mercury, Capital, Warner Brothers, Sony and all the rest, the girl needed some time off! She continued to perform sporadically on the both the East and West Coasts along with a brief European Tour with Jazz Trumpeter, Tex Allen. But the writing has never slowed down and JD has amassed a huge catalog of new material.




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