Jane Child

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Jane Child
Birth nameJane Richmond Hyslop
Born (1967-02-15) 15 February 1967 (age 53)
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1987–2004
Labels

Jane Richmond Hyslop (born 15 February 1967), known professionally as Jane Child, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer best known for her hit single "Don't Wanna Fall in Love". She is also known for her unique and unusual fashion style, which included a hairstyle made of spikes and ankle length braids and a nose chain piercing.

Career[edit]

Child was born in Toronto, and is the daughter of noted Canadian classical musician Ricky Hyslop and Lorraine Johnson. She joined Canadian Opera Company's children's chorus in her youth.[1][2] Child was a classically trained pianist during her youth, but at 15 she dropped out of school and joined a touring band, playing the synthesizer and singing on their shows, while also taking a variety of musical jobs such as organ player in churches or piano bars, or doing commercial jingles.

Eventually Child cut a demo tape and was signed to a label who relocated her to New York and then Los Angeles. Adamant on producing her own music, Child left the label and after negotiations with other labels, she settled with Warner Bros. Records, who agreed to sign her on her own terms. Her debut album, Jane Child, released in 1989, was fully written, produced, and performed on the synthesizer (except for the guitar parts) by Child herself, a rarity for a debut artist signed to a major label. Due to her musical style and her emphasis on control over her music, she was at the time labelled by the press as "the female Prince".[3]

She is best known for the hit single "Don't Wanna Fall in Love"[4] which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.[5] The song was also a big hit on the R&B chart, peaking at No. 6, a rarity for a white artist. Her follow-up single, "Welcome to the Real World", was a modest hit, peaking at No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1993, she released her second album, Here Not There. In the album, she broadened her R&B sound to mix it with traces of rock, grunge, and Eastern music. The album and its singles were a commercial failure, and she was dropped from the label and kept a low profile for the rest of the decade, releasing a few collaborations with Japanese artists in that country.

Her third, and latest album, Surge,[6] was released in 2001 on her own label Sugarwave.[7] That same year, she re-recorded the song "World Lullabye" from her debut album and sold the single through her website, all proceeds donated to the Twin Towers Fund.

She recorded a cover of Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero" for a tribute album, What's Love? A Tribute to Tina Turner, released in 2004.[8]

She has been married to Cat Gray, the chief musician on Let's Make a Deal, since 2004.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label US
1989 Jane Child Warner Bros. 49
1993 Here Not There[1] -
2001 Surge Sugarwave -

Remix albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2002 Surge Remixed Sugarwave

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Album Label CA US US Dance US R&B UK
1990 "Welcome to the Real World" Jane Child Warner Bros. 59 49 - - -
"Don't Wanna Fall in Love" 4 2 11 6 22
1992 "Mona Lisa Smiles" Here Not There - - - - -
1993 "Here Not There" - - - - -
"Do Whatcha Do" - - - - -
"Perfect Love" - - - - -
1994 "All I Do" 80 - 25 - -
2001 "World Lullabye 2001" non-album single Sugarwave - - - - -
"Almost Beautiful" Surge - - - - -
2002 "Nice Day" - - - - -

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Label
1998 "Maybe Tomorrow"

(Tomohiko Nishimura feat. Jane Child)

Fun House

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Releases". New Straits Times. 25 September 1993. p. 4. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  2. ^ Daly, Margaret; Nygaard King, Betty. "Hyslop, Ricky". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  3. ^ Hunt, Dennis (27 May 1990). "WHO'S HOT : Jane Child: Her Music Is as Offbeat as Her Looks". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Davis, Kenneth H. ""Don't Wanna Fall in Love" by Jane Child". FUNKATROPOLIS. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  5. ^ Billboard Top 1000 Singles, 1955-2000. H. Leonard Corporation. 2001. ISBN 978-0-634-02002-5.
  6. ^ Dray, Jacques. "Ever wondered whatever happened to... JANE CHILD?". Y-2-DRAY 4-EVER!. Retrieved 24 July 2004.
  7. ^ Wayne Jancik (1998). The Billboard Book of One-hit Wonders. Billboard Books. ISBN 978-0-8230-7622-2.
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Various-Whats-Love-A-Tribute-To-Tina-Turner/release/1201079

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