|Birth name||Janet Kimberley Irvine|
|Born||4 July 1988|
|Genres||Latin jazz, samba, jazz, indie jazz, French jazz, bossa nova|
Janet Irvine Buchanan, (born 4 July 1988) popularly known as Janet Evra, is an English-born vocalist, bassist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader. Evra sings in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French and performs in jazz, indie jazz, French jazz, bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz styles.
She received a B.A. from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, and a M.S. from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She then lived in Alton, Illinois and worked in the sustainability field for an environmental non-profit. She then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where she is currently residing.
Evra performs at music events and concerts in the US and Europe. She has performed in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and at the 2019 Deva Jazz Festival in Romania and the 2021 Linna Jazz Festival in Finland.
Evra released her debut album Ask Her to Dance in 2018. In 2019 Evra released 'Wish You Were Here', a single, and in 2020 she released singles 'Summer Love Song', 'Floating on Life', and 'I'd Rather Be Lonely With You'. Evra signed with Lotown Records in 2020. In 2021 Evra released her second album, Janet Evra & Ptah Williams: New Friends, Old Favorites; the album received national jazz radio play in the US.
Evra has collaborated with musicians including Randy Brecker, Taylor Eigsti, Eric Marienthal, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Ptah Williams, and Diego Figueiredo among others. Evra was a 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation in St. Louis, USA. She is the co-creator of St. Louis Music Box, a social media music video series.
Evra also leads the musical group The Bon Bon Plot performing French jazz music.
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