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one year later

Last Thursday I put on some nice clothes, got into my car and drove myself to an Open Mic I’d heard of at Pleasant Valley Brewing. It felt like it was time to just put myself out there, stir things up. I didn’t let the fact that I had no accompaniment stop me or that it was just me, a lone black woman, in a small New England town bar deter me.

Glad to report that much fun was had. Everyone was amazingly welcoming and I had a great time. Heading back there this Thursday!


First Performance Video!

Back in March I was invited by the Jacksonville Blues Band to sing a few songs with them during a performance at The Mole Hill Theatre. I finally got a few moments to export a video of one of the songs from that night. Hope you enjoy it!


the goddess sings

There are times when a performer, be they actor, singer, dancer, musician, transcends the sense of ego and merges with the…self, spirit, divine, the ‘that which cannot be named’. It’s not a state that has words but happily, it’s a state that can be experienced. When a performer manages to go there, the audience gets to go there too. Bettye LaVette goes to that state on a regular basis. Enjoy the ride.


My First Review!

I just received the most wonderful review from Dennis Molesky of the Mole Hill Theater where I recently performed. The venue was great, the patrons were the best and the owners were wonderful!

A co-worker had heard good things about my singing from one of the owners, so I thought I’d ask for a blurb to use in my ‘soon-to-exist’ press kit.

Janine Hamilton has a tremendous voice that can blow you away with power and yet also tear you up with it’s subtlety and nuance. You’ll want to hear her sing, summertime or anytime.

Dennis Molesky
Mole Hill Theatre

Needless to say, I’m thrilled! Thanks Dennis!


it went well!

I’m talking about the show at the Mole Hill Theater. The owners Dennis and Jackie were amazing as were all the people who came and danced the night away! It was a party in Alstead, NH, I kid you not.

I hoped to have a clip to post by now but that’ll have to wait for a bit. In the meantime, let me just thank the Jacksonville Blues Band and especially Jason Koerber for inviting me to sing with them. It was an amazing amount of fun!


starting a singing career

I’m not lecturing here, just saying what I’m doing. I’d love to know how other performers are making it work. Leave a comment, let me know if you want me to link to you.

So the obvious place to start is with songs! HehHeh. I so smart =p

I haven’t figured out whether I’m going to use all of these songs or not. Haven’t even thought about performance order. I’m concentrating on learning the ones I don’t know which is three of them. See what you think:

  • Need Your Love So Bad
  • Sinner Man
  • Stormy Monday
  • Cry Me a River
  • My Own Morning
  • This Masquerade
  • Talking to Yourself
  • At Last
  • Summertime
  • God Bless the Child
  • If I Were Your Woman
  • Business Goes On As Usual
  • Follow
  • You Took My Love
  • Good Morning Heartache

“Janine Hamilton has a tremendous voice that can blow you away with power and yet also tear you up with it’s subtlety and nuance.” Dennis Molesky