“Seductive and soulful, this one may have you dialing your ex. Don't say we didn't warn you.” - Vibe Magazine
Janine is a fiercely talented songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. She is also a self-sufficient artist who has created her own artwork and directed music videos. But, her greatest weapon: an ethereal and devastatingly beautiful voice that commands every single verse, hook and refrain. She’s magnetic - bringing you into her world.
Born in New Zealand, Janine dedicated herself to music almost as soon as she could walk, recording herself singing her favorite tunes on a double cassette player at the age of five. At the age of fourteen, she began performing her original songs with a guitar at open mics, mostly held at bars she wasn’t technically allowed into. As a result, her art remains as honest as it is hypnotic.
Under original moniker Janine and The Mixtape, the artist made quite a mark since first arriving stateside in 2011. She moved to New York quietly building a buzz, the songstress penned, produced, and recorded 2013’s independent Dark Mind EP. Following placements on VH1’s Black Ink Crew and Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, it vaulted to #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #2 on iTunes Top R&B/Soul Albums Chart, while the single “Hold Me” went Top 10 on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts and #1 on iTunes New Zealand.
Tastemakers including Complex, VIBE, Billboard, MTV, and more lauded her sound. Signing to Atlantic Records, she co-produced 2015’s XX EP (pronounced ex’s) with 4e. The project went on to win “Best R&B Album” at the New Zealand Music Awards in between touring the states with Floetry.
In 2017, Janine went on her first headline tour, the Before It’s Too Late Tour, which included packed shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, D.C and more.
Following the tour she released her debut album, 99, on May 25th, which was described as “Aaliyah crooning over nocturnal Bryson Tiller production or a femme fatale Weeknd.” The album hit #8 on the US iTunes R&B chart, #54 on the US overall iTunes Charts, #1 on the NZ Heatseekers Charts, #1 on the R&B Charts and #13 on the overall iTunes Chart and was featured on multiple Spotify and Apple Music playlists. Janine's song "Unstable" was featured on Starz "Power" and reached top 30 in the US itunes R&B charts.
“99 is a triumphant, and decidedly breakthrough-the-clouds debut from Janine, one that will surely wear your repeat button out, too.” - Paper Mag