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29 December 1978

Born in the Slovakian town of Martin Jana first attracted public attention as a participant of the beauty pageant Miss Slovakia in 1996. But her career would move a different direction then modeling when she was approached to record her self titled debut in 1997.  She won the prize for Discovery of the Year (1997) with it. Aiming for more artistic value started rehearsing with Slovak musicians for two years after which she recorded her second studio album ‘V cudzom meste’. It was a huge commercial success but brought the academic one, too. In ´99, Jana was awarded gold at Slávik awards, later she was nominated in 11 categories at Aurel awards which are prestigious Slovak Music Academy Awards. Due to this she was approached by Czech songwriters Michal Horáček and Petr Hapka for their project ‘Mohlo by tu být i líp’ (2001). On the album she sang the ballad ‘Bude mi lehká zem’. Being in the Czech Republic she also collaborated with Lenka Fillipova for album ‘Tisíc způsobů jak zabít lásku’ (2003). Meanwhile her third album ‘Pelikán’ was released in 2002. After the release of ‘Veci čo sa dejú’ in 2004, Jana was awarded The singer Of The Year. The single ‘Na čiernom koni’ attracted extra attention due to the video directed by Ondrej Rudavský.

In 2005, Jana moved to London to work on her English album ‘Shine’ with British producer Ross Cullum (who also worked with Tears for Fears, Enya, Tori Amos).
But inbetween the co-operation with Horáček and Hapka continued 2006 when their album ‘Strážce plamene’ was released. On it Jana sings a duet with Czech folk musician Jaromir Nohavica. ‘Shine’was released a year later but lacked the international success she was aiming for. She did do a joined show with Polish Anna Maria Jopek in London on invitation of the SBBC. Within another year, she written and sang the title song to the movie ‘Pokoj v duši’ which turned into an unexpected commercial success. She started working on a new album together with producer Eddie Stevens (Moloko, Roisin Murphy, Zero 7). Released un 2010 ‘Krajina Rovina’got much positive critical acclaim.

On the web:

- Jana's website: http://www.janakirschner.com/

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What do we think:

PR: Do not let yourself be mistaken by the fact that Jana once was a beauty queen - this is a true europop music artist! She has an amazing melancholic voice and she knows how to write a good song. Her first albums are nice (unfortunaltely with some songs in English), but her 2010 album 'Krajina rovina' is nothing less than brilliant. It is pop and folk, it is experimental and good songwriting at the same time, and most of all it is very unique.

DB: With her subtle voide she delivered some loung-downtempo-nu-bossanova-triphop albums at the start of the millenium. Imagine everyone's surprise when she slowly evolved into the intriguing popalbum 'Krajina Rovina'. Artistically very credible she is an interesting Europop talent from Slovakia. She follows into the scene Hapka and Richard Müller (amongst others) created.


♪♪♪ - V cudzom meste (1999)

♪♪♪ - Pelikán (2002)

♪♪♪ - Veci čo sa dejú (2003)

- Shine (2007)

♪♪♪♪♪ - Krajina rovina (2010)

♪♪♪♪♪ - Moruša Biela (2013)


♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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