Known for being the lead vocalist of the legendary female rock band Vixen, Janet Gardner’s powerful vocals propelled Vixen to the top of the Billboard charts with crossover hits “Edge of a Broken Heart” and “Cryin'” and AOR rockers “How Much Love” and “Love is a Killer”. Vixen toured extensively, grinding out 200 shows per year, opening for the likes of Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, Kiss, and Bon Jovi.
In an era primarily dominated by male rock musicians, Vixen’s all female line up didn’t come without its struggles. But their undeniable musicianship matched with Gardner’s unique and powerful vocal style propelled the band quickly to Gold Album status and earned the band critically acclaimed success that is still celebrated to this day on the likes of Sirius XM, MTV/VH-1 Classic, and nationally syndicated specialty radio shows. Vixen, along with their predecessors, helped pave the way for the current wave and success of female fronted acts such as Halestorm, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, and many others.
Teaming up with guitarist/songwriter/producer Justin James (who has worked with members of Staind, Collective Soul, Tyketto), Gardner ventured into the solo realm to unleash a new side of her musical creativity. Together, Janet and Justin have penned a collection of emotionally charged songs with gritty grooves, infectious hooks, and inspired lyrics that merge hard rock influences from the last four decades.
The result is a perfect blend of modern hard rock with a touch of old school flare that will turn the heads of generations of rock fans. A sample teaser was put up on YouTube and literally exploded overnight. The power duo was quickly snatched up by Pavement Entertainment with a full length cd released in the fall of 2017.
Janet Gardner has once again proven herself as a leader in the female fronted hard rock world.
In May 2019 Janet Gardner released "Your Place In The Sun". To date Australian Heavy Magazine listed Janet as one of the top 40 women in rock. Alice Cooper gives thumbs up to the new single "Your Place In The Sun" featuring the song on his radio show "Nights With Alice Cooper", sending the song to #5 on Mainstream Classic Radio Charts.
Listening to this, you’ll be reminded that Janet’s voice is amazing. Many people can hit the notes but she has such control of her voice that she is able to add so many ‘colors’ to it. Whatever color fits the song — the anger, the pain, the longing — you hear it all in her voice as she conveys that emotion and delivers the story convincingly. Not every singer can do that.
-Sleaze Roxx- Christopher Carroll 5/27/2019
Janet Gardner’s second solo album with her husband Justin James,”Your Place In The Sun“, is a great follow up. Instantly accessible, I’ve had it on a loop on my recent travels. Similar to her first self-titled album in parts, it follows a heavier direction than the Vixenalbums with Janet baring a few more teeth while staying full of commercial hooks.
Will To Rock -Dawn Osborne 5/20/2019
Janet makes damn sure that you don’t forget that she knows how to rock with the best of them. Like her previous solo outing, “Your Place In The Sun” continues to see Janet branching out of the supposed confines of a band environment and creating her own path.
XS Rock - Bobby Caughron _May 9, 2019