“This woman’s got the goods.”
“An artist capable of producing music of great beauty and unsettling power.”
“She sings with such passion and conviction that it’s hard to take your eyes off her.”
—The Telegraph (UK)
Janita’s latest single, “Our Love Is All We Have” (ECR Music Group), arrives on the heels of her two recent, triumphant single releases: “Bliss I Once Had This,” garnered her national TV, press, and media in the United States and in her native Finland following its release, and “I Do,” was heralded by Downtown Magazine as “an anthem of clarity and hope . . . Janita’s striking gender-bending look and mesmerizing ice-blue eyes bring to mind Annie Lennox and Bowie’s Thin White Duke-era guise; her voice is pure lilting compassion.”
Of this new single Janita says, “The truth is, crisis doesn’t build character, it reveals it. At its heart, this song is about that simple truth. It’s about the understanding that what unites us persists, despite differences in values, beliefs, even geography; despite injuries and insults, despite actions that are perhaps unforgivable. What unites us is more powerful than what divides us, in times of crisis, in between, and always. Love prevails, goddammit.”
This is the third single from Janita’s forthcoming new album, Here Be Dragons. “Here be dragons” means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters, and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps where potential dangers were thought to exist. The album was produced and recorded by indie-music luminary Blake Morgan in New York City.
Critical acclaim fused with commercial success is rare in the music world. For Janita, this coveted combination is simply the norm, and it has propelled her across 60,000 miles of touring for over 100 performances in the United States and Europe over the past two years, alone.
Already established as an iconic recording artist and music figure in her native Finland, Janita (pronounced YA-nee-tuh) moved to New York City early in her career, building on those initial successes by launching her American recording career with two Top-40 Billboard hits. Her albums that have followed, Haunted, and Didn’t You, My Dear?, have cemented her reputation as a powerful multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and arranger—while garnering further recognition for her electrifying and unique talent as a singer.
Paste Magazine declares, “Janita mesmerizes . . . her distinctive vocals are her stand-out asset, ranging between an edgier Feist and a softer Florence Welch.” Baeble Music adds, “Combining the vocal intensity of Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan with the turbulent rock edge of St. Vincent, Janita continues to mark herself as an artist capable of producing music of great beauty and unsettling power.”