Janice McClain

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Janice McClain
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Dance-pop, disco, pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1979–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records, RFC Records, Mon-Tab, MCA Records

Janice McClain is an American R&B singer, who signed to MCA Records in the 1980s. She scored a chart hit on the US R&B chart with the single "Passion & Pain".[1]

Internationally acclaimed, has travelled around the world as a professional vocalist and songwriter for over twenty years. At the age of 15, McClain was signed to Warner Bros. Records, which yielded a disco hit single entitled "Smack Dab in The Middle", that reached number 2 in the Billboard Club Play chart.

She is a native Philadelphian, who attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Later on McClain went to Atlantic City to audition for a spot at Trump Plaza, and she was hired along with her band, Tapestry. Patti Labelle became her mentor, and arranged a recording contract for McClain with MCA Records. McClain has opened for the Commodores and James Brown.

McClain has since been a backing vocalist for Denise Williams, Hall and Oates, George Clinton and Linda Ronstadt. As the newest member of the Philly Party Band, McClain is one of the four lead vocalists.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Janice McClain (1986, MCA Records)


  • "Smack Dab In The Middle" (1979, Warner Bros. Records, RFC Records)
  • "Giving My Love" (1983, Mon-Tab)
  • "Burnin' Up" (1984, Mon-Tab)
  • "Passion And Pain" (1986, MCA Records)
  • "Let's Spend The Night" (1986, MCA Records)


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