Janet Odani is a singer and songwriter currently based in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
A keen music lover from the very beginning, she wrote her first song as a young girl at the tender age of six. She was also an enthusiastic part of musicals at schools, as well as choirs. Passion stemming from such an early age cannot be curtailed, and so as the years have gone by, she has worked on developing her own unique style of music.
She released her debut album, Transparency, in 2013. This was a rich blend of both inspirational songs and love songs that was well received for its soulfulness. Critics noted how Janet’s music came straight from the heart and with purpose. Filled with spiritual lyrics, Transparency was an introspective album that allowed the sweetness and innocence of Janet’s voice to shine through.
October 2016 saw the release of her single Significant Mistake, after which she was featured in American Pride Magazine. Then in 2017, she released her second album, Mismatched Planets, which was noted for being the work of a talented songwriter. The album had a strong selection of songs, and Janet received much praise for her writing skills.
Right on the heels of this second album, Janet released her latest album Valiant Warrior in 2018. Valiant Warrior is an inspirational album, highlighting the challenges on her journey as a believer in Jesus Christ with a focus on the promises of God for companionship, salvation, victory, and love. The analogy she used is that of a tenacious struggle whilst singing songs and praying for a positive change. The song writing process for Valiant Warrior album led Janet into a lot of soul searching and being real about certain struggles that one can face not only by the fact that they are a Christian but also just by 'doing life'. Early reviewers are already placing their stamp of approval on this, calling the new album greatly appealing to Gospel music fans.
She hopes to communicate the emotional depth of each of her songs honestly. Janet’s repertoire consists majorly of love songs and inspirational lyrics. She believes that love songs have the ability take you back to moments of intense emotion, whether those are the initial moments of a blossoming romance, or the final moments of heartbreak. Janet finds that just about everyone can relate to love songs, and so by writing these, she is able to connect with people on a lyrical and emotional level. On a personal level, she is moved by how many ways there are to say “I love you”, and that the emotion never gets old.
Janet chooses to write inspirational songs because she sings about her faith in God. The song ‘Like Moses’ on her debut album is a clear indicator of this. She also believes that inspirational songwriting opens the door to emotional healing, which is why so many of her songs carry this message. Janet began inspirational song writing a long time before she released musical albums, and it remains very close to her heart.
Janet finds the inspiration for her songs in a variety of activities. To put it simply, she simply does the things that she enjoys doing. She states that she enjoys listening to music from different genres and sources. Whether those sources are online, musicals or live music concerts, she finds that listening to diverse music opens up her mind to express lyrics in different ways. She also enjoys hiking, nature photography and road trips (as should be abundantly clear from her Instagram account!). Janet has a deep love for nature and nature walks, as well as hikes along the beach and national parks. Her love for beautiful scenery and of nature and landscape photography allows her to see things in a new light and express her feelings.
It also never hurts to collaborate with other people - an experience she has always found interesting and rewarding as there is always so much to learn. She collaborated with UK Hip Hop Artist of the year (2015) Bluehomie, and wrote and performed chorus vocals for his rap song ‘Just' and also performed vocals for Everyoneband’s song 'Stand by You'
Janet notes that she has been able to thrive on the modern dynamic of the music business. According to her, the advancement of technology allows anyone to basically record and produce a pretty good sounding track from a home studio and pitch it to a producer or perform it if they choose to. Social media can be a great help for musicians and helps a lot with networking, collaborating and marketing. Janet has thus wholeheartedly used social media in order to share her music.
Janet enjoys the prevalence of open mic nights, especially since it allows her to listen to different indie artists sharing their music.
Janet Odani's fourth music album 'Mountain Climber' has an upbeat feel with inspirational lyrics. Overall, the album is a celebration of personal victories.
February 2020 saw the realise of a single, Wildfire, another track with inspirational lyrics and African beat feel.
Her latest EP, Midnight Breakthrough, realised on March 31st 2020, is yet another testimony of her faith in God, reflecting comforting lyrics during current global uncertain times.