Born on the Gulf Coast in Texas to a young couple from Houston, Texas, Janet Z. was enveloped by the varied sounds and music styles that were also born there. Her childhood influences ranged from George Jones to Gatemouth Brown. The Z family was always involved in music whether it was Saturday dance night, learning to move to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass or Nancy Sinatra, or sing-a-long night when Dad would pull out his Silvertone and play Rye Whiskey. There was always music.
There were five children in the Z family and Janet came smack dab in the middle. Janet learned to play a few chords from her sister when she was sixteen and would stay up late nights when the family went to bed and practice and sing. With a big family, there was always something going on and the guitar became her constant companion. She went off to school in Nacogdoches, Texas to study biology but after a year, came back to the Houston area to play music. Starting in the Clear Lake area near Johnson Space Center, Janet began amassing a following that reflected the diversity of the community. Soon, bikers, shrimpers, oil executives, astronauts and even the famed Red Adair became fans of Janet Z. She has always been able to communicate with her audience, gain their trust and woo them whether she is performing in Austin or Amsterdam.
In 2005, she released her premier album, Gruene Rain. (pronounced ‘green rain’) It was named after the famous Texas Dance venue – Gruene Hall. Clare Z. and Benny Brasket contributed two songs on Gruene Rain but Janet’s songwriting skills were soon on display all over the world becoming a particular favorite in Belgium. After this experience, Janet began to collaborate with other songwriters in the Houston area such as Jack Saunders, Stevie DuPree and Bert Wills. Together with Tommie Lee Bradley she wrote some hit songs that appear on her second album, Whisper. Whisper was recorded in Buda, Texas with Freddie Krc as the producer and the finest musicians from Austin and Nashville performing on it including Riley Osborne, Freddie Krc, Layton DePenning, Cam King, and Tom Mason.
Janet has fronted bands and performed solo and seems at ease with either. She has shared the stage with Asleep at the Wheel, Maria Muldaur, SistersMorales and Joe Ely. Her favorite guitarists are blues legend John Mooney and the inimitable Bonnie Raitt.
Janet is continuing to perform at venues across Texas. Whether she is sitting down with just her guitar or has a band behind her, Janet Z. will win your ears and your heart.