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|Birth name||Jane Richman|
|Born||15 February 1967|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, dance, rock|
|Occupations||singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Years active||1987–present (singer)|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Records (1989-1994), Sugarwave (2000-present)|
She is best known for her 1990 hit song "Don't Wanna Fall in Love", which peaked at #1 on "Radio & Records", and #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for three weeks in the spring of that year. A remix of the single earned her a 1991 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year.
She was known for her eclectic fashion style, which included spiked hair with long braids and wearing a nose chain. Her follow-up single, "Welcome to the Real World", was a modest hit, peaking at #49. The song was featured in the 1988 film Married to the Mob. These originated from her self-titled debut album, which peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200. In 1992, she contributed a track titled "Mona Lisa Smiles" to the soundtrack of Freejack, a sci-fi action thriller starring Emilio Estevez, which was included on her second album release, Here Not There, one year later. This album was a departure from her debut, in that she mixed New jack swing elements along with hard rock tracks.
Child disappeared from the music scene for several years, but kept herself busy with session recording including providing backing vocals and working on various projects. In 1996, she began work on her third album Surge, as well as continuing to work on side projects and making live appearances. Surge was released in 2001 via her own website on her own record label. Surge features two singles "Almost Beautiful" and "Nice Day". That same year she re-recorded her peace anthem "World Lullabye", included in her first album, and sold the single on her website, all proceeds were donated to the Twin Towers Fund. She recorded a cover of Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero" for a Tina Turner tribute album released in 2004.
Jane Child's 1990 hit "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" was featured on the video game Grand Theft Auto V, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Child has used a variety of synthesizers over the course of her career, most notably the Fairlight CMI III, an example of which appeared in the videos for 'Don't Wanna Fall in Love' and 'Welcome to the Real World". As of the time of the making of the 'Surge' album, Jane's equipment list included around 60 keyboards, 40 of them midi'ed to a Korg T1 controller. Some of the synths are:
OB-8, OB-1, Matrix-12, OB-Mx
CS-60, CS-10, SY-2, DX-7, CE20
HS-60, Juno-1, MKS-30 (x2), MKS-50, MKS-80, VP-9000, SH-2, VP-330, JD-990, P-330
MiniMoog (x3, 2 rack mounted and MIDI'ed)
EX-8000, T1, Polysix, EA-1
2600, Quadra, Pro Soloist
Fairlight CMI III, Marion Systems MSR-2, Wersi bass synthesizer, Kurzweil K2000RS, Alesis Andromeda A6, Hammond 102200, Clavia Nord Lead 2 and the Octave Cat
Jane is married to musician Cat Gray. This was revealed via her appearance on the Wayne Brady Show in May 2004, where she performed "Don't Wanna Fall in Love", live. Gray is the house musician on Brady's CBS Daytime game show Let's Make a Deal.
- Jane Child 1989 Warner Bros. Records (U.S. Pop: #49)
- Here Not There, 1993 Warner Bros. Records
- Surge, 2002 Sugarwave Records
- Surge Remixed, 2002 Sugarwave Records
- "Welcome to the Real World", 1990 Warner Bros. Records
- "Don't Wanna Fall in Love", 1990 Warner Bros. Records (US Pop #2, US Dance #11, US R&B #6, UK #22)
- "Mona Lisa Smiles" 1993 Warner Bros. Records
- "Here Not There", 1993 Warner Bros. Records
- "Do Whatcha Do", 1993 Warner Bros. Records
- "All I Do", 1993 Warner Bros. Records (US Hot Dance Music/Club Play #25)
- "Maybe Tommorow" (Tomohiko Nishimura featuring Jane Child), 1998 Fun House
- "World Lullabye 2001", 2001 Sugarwave Records
- "Almost Beautiful" 2002 Sugarwave Records
- "Nice Day" 2002 Sugarwave Records
- "We Don't Need Another Hero" 2004
- "New Releases". New Straits Times. 25 September 1993. p. 4. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
- Daly, Margaret; Nygaard King, Betty. "Hyslop, Ricky". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
- Jane Child - "Don't Wanna Fall In Love", Live On The Wayne Brady Show
- Williams, John (8 March 1990). "'Jane Child' mixes dance dance groove with lyrical depth". The Cavalier Daily. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 104. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Official website
- Jane Child page from The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia website
- Jane Child's Twitter Feed