Cat Janice


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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Cat Janice

Recommended if you like: Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Norah Jones

Story behind your band/artist name: Cat Janice started with a 17-year-old girl who listened to way too much Norah Jones. She had been playing the piano and violin her entire life and finally found her voice in song writing with her first song Motions. She decided on Cat Janice as her stage name, taking from her first and middle name. She couldn’t afford voice lessons, so after practicing in the shower for a few years, she finally felt ready to record her first album. In 2014 she released her first album, “Motions”, a slow and sultry EP. She picked up some of her best friends to start a band and coined the name Cat Janice Band. From there, her album “Wild” was released a year later with producer Austin Bello of Forever the Sickest Kids. Her song “Fire” was featured on Country Music Television and she was featured on The Vinyl District as an up and coming artist. She is incredibly excited to announce 3 new singles being released in 2018.

Band Members: Cat Janice (lead vocals), Jim Doorley (drums), Mark Hansen (guitar), Jamie Allen (guitar), Joanna Smith (bass)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We are more centrally located in the Arlington area, where we play shows in DC, VA, and MD.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. Back in December, 2017, we played a show at a bar in FFX and it was the worst show of our career. We came in over confident, under practiced, and unprofessional. We begged the venue for another gig to prove ourselves and scored another gig there a few months later. We practiced non stop, completely humbled by the experience. We were a completely different band that night and rocked the whole show. The audience was begging for more and asked for multiple encores. The bouncer said “I’ve been working here for years and tonight was the best gig I’ve ever seen come through here”. The venue increased our pay and asked us back for more shows. It was a huge learning experience and really brought us together as a band. 

2. Our drummer is a doctor of psychology in the DMV area and gives us all pep talks before shows. 

3. Our guitarists Mark and Jamie have been playing in bands together in the DC area for over ten years. They’re basically married.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We have a music video for “Blue” that we filmed in a stable and pretended it was a classy speakeasy. Check it out!

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Twitter Handle: @catjanice

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Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Alternative, indie, southern rock