Janet Gardner and Justin James are a husband and wife team that have been recording together since 2017. And, of course, prior to that Janet was the original lead vocalist for the all-female melodic rock band Vixen, where she sold millions of records, had great chart success, and was a regular on MTV with a number of successful videos. Janet and Justin have just released their fourth full-length record together called No Strings on the Pavement Entertainment label, and they are set to support No Strings and the rest of their music by doing a number of tour dates.
In this interview, Janet and Justin discuss the details of the latest No Strings record. Janet also talks about her current health status after having major brain surgery in 2018, and some of the highlights from her years in Vixen. All of this and more, and we even get treated to a visit from Jazzy!
“I’m Living Free” video:
Janet Gardner & Justin James
Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!