Hailing from the beautiful Helderberg area in Cape Town, Janie Bay started out her career with her solo effort, “I Remember” securing three No. 1 hits on local mainstream and student radio stations. After the album launch in April 2011, Janie & her brother (The Beard) started playing her current songs in an acoustic / unplugged setting. This was a totally organic progression as they wanted to carry on writing and playing without the financial pressures of session musicians joining in. This progression lead to their recent live project, “Janie & The Beard”.
Since 2012 they’ve had many successful tours, played more than 100 shows in every province in the country and have been invited abroad regularly. They have appeared on 5FM, Two Oceans Radio Vibe, SABC 3 and RSG. Some performances under their belt include Oppikoppi, White Mountain Festival, STRAB, Up The Creek, KKNK and Park Acoustics with back-to-back tours and corporate events around Cape Town.
Now solo again; Having played with local acts like Matthew Mole, aKing, Francois Van Coke, Valiant Swart, Jack Parow and Die Heuwels Fantasties to name a few, she is steadfast on a journey to share her music with friends already made and with those along the way.
Some recent collaborations include SA’s top selling hip-hop artist Jack Parow on a song called ‘Veilig’ on his latest release and a feature on one of Bouwer Bosch’s singles, “Hardloop”.
With the promise of a great career, Janie is more surely than slowly finding her calling in the folk-pop environment while charming audiences with a captivating voice and heartfelt performances.