From: CA, United States
Genre: Pop, Pop, World Influenced
Valerie's been composing since age 12 but flatly refuses to sing the first song she wrote to anyone, ever.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA- On January 17, 2012, Bay Area singer songwriter Valerie JanLois released her self-produced sophomore album, dos, the follow up to her 2010 full length debut, No Drop of Love (Is Ever Wasted).
JanLois is donating a portion of the proceeds from album sales to GlobalPeaceInitiative.Org.
The goal of GlobalPeaceInitiative.Org is to empower people everywhere with knowledge that can be used to create peace worldwide—timeless knowledge about the power of consciousness as brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and validated thoroughly in scientific research.
“GlobalPeaceInitiative.Org promotes the most cutting-edge, successful peace-creating technologies ever dreamed of,” says JanLois. “It’s an amazing organization that needs to become more well-known.”
Valerie believes strongly in giving back to the community. In addition to GlobalPeaceInitiative.Org, Valerie is supporting two more non-profits with her new release: the Purusha Program and the Mother Divine Program.
This new album includes some of JanLois’ most powerful piano filled ballads to date, while also incorporating the sounds of swing, folk, soul, jazz, and reggae. “dos is an album about following the bliss and choosing happiness,” says JanLois. Her song “Mothers of the World” is about the the power that is within. “We go within and light the way, literally; not only for ourselves but for the world,” explains JanLois. “This dovetails perfectly with what GlobalPeaceInitiative.Org is all about. It’s real.
’Concise’, the opening track on dos, is about how everything that we see, hear, taste, touch and smell, we digest and ultimately become. One of my favorite tracks on the album, ‘Hearts of Angels’, is about how even in the depths of heartbreak we see our capacity for love. The deeper we go, the higher we fly.”
“…even in the depths of heartbreak we see our capacity for love.”
'dos' was recorded in studios all over the United States with the bulk of the sessions taking place at Fantasy Studios in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Gawain Mathews Studios in San Pablo. “My recording philosophy is to gather the best possible musicians and give them the freedom to play what they want within the concept I had for the feeling of each song, says JanLois. I am beyond grateful to be able to work with some of the best musicians the SF Bay Area has to offer. ”
The album features some of the Bay Area’s most innovative players such as Dave Tweedie (drums), Jon Evans (bass), Gawain Mathews (guitar, mandolin, mandola), Julie Wolf (keyboards), Ellen Hoffman (piano), Rich Armstrong (horns), and Karl Perazzo (percussion).