Janice Whaley

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Janice Whaley is an American capella singer-songwriter from California.


As a teenager, Whaley suffered from polymyositis, a degenerative muscle disease. Essentially without mobility during this period, Whaley has described the condition as “a major force behind her creativity”, as music and art were the main activities available to her.

In 2010, Whaley set out to record every song by The Smiths in a year. Each song required up to 30 vocal layers to represent the various instruments in the original, and could take up to 30 hours to complete – meaning work on various songs overlapped.[1] With financial backing from supporters through the website Kickstarter, The Smiths Project was released on CD in 2011.[2]

Patchwork Life, Whaley’s first album of originals, followed in 2012. The album reflects her more recent influences, such as Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, John Cage, John Zorn as well as the experimental aspects of rock/alternative music by Björk, Mike Patton, and Radiohead.



  • The Smiths Project (2011), album series and box set including:
    • The Smiths
    • Hatful of Hollow
    • Meat is Murder
    • The Queen is Dead
    • Louder than Bombs
    • Strangeways, Here We Come
  • Patchwork Life (2012)

Stand-alone cover versions and collaborations[edit]

Year Organisation Nominated work Award Result
2011 SF Bay Guardian The Smiths Project "Best of the Bay" Won
SF Weekly "Best of San Francisco" Won
2013 Artist in Music Awards n/a Best Singer/Songwriter Nominated
Best Adult Contemporary Artist Nominated
Independent Music Awards The Smiths Project Best Tribute Album Nominated
Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Patchwork Life Best Pop/Rock Album Nominated
"Tunnel Vision" Best Electronic/Experimental Song Nominated
Best Professional Original Song Nominated
Best Song By A Solo Performer Nominated


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