“Blowing from the Windy City is a young lady with lovely eyes and a beautiful smile and a great set of pipes. I have seen the future of rock ‘n’ kroll – Her name is Janelle” – Paul Kramer, Editor “Hit Sheet Magazine”
Whether it’s performing for fans in Chicago, writing and recording songs or traveling the nation with Macy’s Ragged Road documentary series, Janelle Kroll continues to win over music lovers with her dynamic personality and pop music sensibilities.
Kroll, a music theater major at Northwestern University, has been on the bill at SPACE, opened for Matthew Santos and Theresa Andersson, Bill’s Blues, Uncommon Ground, and 1800 Club. She also landed a spot at the Z100 party at the Apple Soho store in NYC with her Ragged Road pals.
Tracks off Kroll’s debut EP reveal a unique blend of singer/songwriter simplicity and pop refinement, akin to artists like Alicia Keys, Jewel, and Dusty Springfield. Her latest single, “Fools Gold,” slinks along with a sultry, unexpected power. Kroll’s signature vocals melt over the sparse, warming organ chords and soft brush of a drum kit. Coupled with blues-infused vocal harmonies, the bare-bones composition resonates with poignant force. The song highlights not only Kroll’s unique vocal talent, but also her love for meticulously crafted songs, fusing rock, blues, and pop with soulful, beguiling lyrics.
In a recent interview with The Daily Northwestern, the singer-songwriter elaborated on her desire to make music her life’s work. “During [my] junior year an indie label offered to sign me but I would have been just a singer, not a songwriter, so I didn’t take it, and ultimately it was the right decision because I’m happy with where I am now.”
Today, Janelle Kroll stands poised to bring her positive energy and winning music to the masses. Bottom line: she wants to connect with people through her passion for song.
Check out Janelle Kroll at: http://www.myspace.com/janellekroll.