Born and raised in the south, performing singer/songwriter, Jan Spillane has the best of both worlds growing up between Savannah, GA and Tybee Island. She is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar & piano. “Georgia Music Magazine coined the phrase “Jan’s a lyrical acrobat writing songs that somehow resonate with every listener on a different wavelength.” The Savannah Morning News quotes, “Her voice is an instrument surpassing all accompaniment….soulful and expressive, she literally sounds like no one else.”
Her music is heavy on blues, soft on jazz with drops of folk, pop, and country spread throughout her work thus leaving a trademark many folks call “The Key of Jan.” From the peace, love, and rock & roll days of the 1960’s to the infectious trend of Americana, Jan creates a passionate and soulful, yet hypnotizing and energetic sound.
Jan started composing original music, writing lyrics and singing at an early age. She was composing music on piano by age five. When she turned eight years old, she was writing lyrics, composing music, and tracking her original songs at Ragdoll Recording Studios with producer, Rocky Evans at the helm. Rocky and Jans parents were quite supportive of her talents.
As far as her musical tastes, Jan loves all genres that span the globe from Glenn Campbell, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Janis Ian, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Annie Lennox, Diane Reeves, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie, John Lennon, Bruce Cockburn, Chris Botti, James Taylor all the way to Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bread, Barry White, Victor Wooten, The Allman Brothers, Aerosmith, Mississippi Queen, Chicago, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, and The Mamas and the Papas, etc. etc. etc. etc.…
She has been traveling to Nashville, TN for almost three + decades, and continues to make that trip three to five times a year working with a Who’s Who of some of the greatest singer/songwriters, musicians, and legendary recording artists she considers her friends. Whether she’s co-writing, sharing the stage, performing, and/or recording with these folks, she says, “it’s always a large time.” Some of these talented souls include: Wood Newton…(David Ball - Riding with Private Malone) | (The Oak Ridge Boys - Bobbie Sue) | (Kenny Rogers - 20 Years Ago) | (Steve Wariner - What I didn’t Do), etc.; Stan Webb…(George Jones - One of these Days but not Tonight) | (Tracy Byrd - I’m from the Country) | (T.G. Sheppard - Love You), etc.; J. Fred Knobloch…(George Strait - Meanwhile) | Faith Hill - If my Heart had Wings), | Trisha Yearwood - A Lover is Forever), etc; Tim Stafford (former member of world-renowned Alison Krauss and Union Station, two time IBMA Songwriter of the Year Award for Stafford 2014 and 2017, and Blue Highways Band), etc; Diana Gibson Kelley…(written songs for Katy Bishop | Amy Lewis | Alison Joy Williams), co-writer with Jan Spillane "We'll still have Paris", etc.; John Brannen…(The Eagles - Somebody), etc; Jelly Roll Johnson…(recorded with Trisha Yearwood | Etta James | Guy Clark | Travis Tritt | Alan Jackson), etc.; Mike Stewart…(singer/songwriter/musician who wrote numerous jingles for commercial advertisements - Clorox Bleach Commercial), etc.; D.T. Faircloth…(singer/songwriter/musician | performed with fellow cast members from Coal Miner's Daughter Movie - Sissy Spacek | Levon Helm | Beverly D'Angelo on the Midnight Special TV Show on April 18, 1980), etc.; Steve Nelson…(Barbara Streisand - Songbird | Dusty Springfield - Living without your Love | Winnie the Pooh Song | Sesame Street), etc.; Andy Martin…(appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon | Quincy Jones | Patrick Williams | Coldplay), etc.; Thomm Jutz (John Prine | Nanci Griffith | Marty Stuart), etc.; Jack M. Sherman one of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers; Vinx De’Jon Parrette aka Vinx…(toured as percussionist with Sting | Soul Cages Tour), etc.; Jan Spillane & Box of Rain…(C.J. Perrine | Barr Nobles | Rob Blumenthal | Hal Millard | (Dan Seals | Drivin’ & Cryin’), etc.; Ben Wells | Phil McDonald | Mike Futral | Matt Collett | Caroline Switzer Verner | Darryll Wise | Kevin Rose | John Banks | Skip Graham | Phil Hadaway | Allen Andrews | Eric Jones | Rick Bowen…David Foster (The Hunt for Red October - Movie) | Ricardo Ochoa (Velvet Caravan) | Susan Montanari | Stan Martin | Todd Murray | Thom Kettrick | Gordon Perry | Michael Boesen | Tommy Butler | Eric Leonard | Kirk Lee | Annelise Nelson | Joe Nelson | Philip Palmer | Bobby Hanson | Hal Stamey | George Reeves | Ansel Daniel | Mike Bullock | Jay Hackney | Ryan Riccio | Katie Keys | Mark Molloy | Rochelle Coatney | Matt Steinhauer | Bennett Arndt | Jeremy Arndt, | Shane Baldwin | Skip Jennings | John Powers | MaryAnn Pridgen | Dean Burnette | Robbie Cooper| Dan Cooper| Miguel de Jesus| Jerry Steiner, Bennett Arndt, Jeramy Arndt...among numerous others.
After releasing five albums, four singles, and two videos, ”Blue Canvas” was expected out in 2020; however due to state of our world affairs, she chose to release the album in October of 2021. In addition, Jan has plans to complete three other projects.
She is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), The Americana Music Association (AMA), and The Grammy’s - The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and (BMI).
A few of her credits include: ”If Looks could Kill” song licensed as a promo & aired on Showtime Cable Networks most popular TV Series, The L Word; ”What it's Not” ended up becoming her first single song publishing contract licensed by Ah-Ha Music Group co-written with her good friend and legendary songwriter, Wood Newton. Jan also signed a representation agreement with Portia Entertainment Group for her song, ”Ole Blue Jeans.”
Her patriotic song, ”Welcome Home” co-written with Caroline Switzer Verner was recognized by the United War Veterans Council, and the song and video were aired live in New York on March 24, 2012 for Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day at the Vietnam Veterans Square.
With music stretching across multiple genres, Jan Spillane can be heard worldwide. You can purchase her music on… itunes.apple.com | Iheart | Spotify | Deezer and numerous media websites worldwide. ”Welcome Home” can be found on itunes.apple.com under Jan Spillane & Friends.
Currently, Jan resides in a small fishing town in Savannah, GA with her husband and dogs. “Poetic and timeless, you can feel her passion and see inside the soul of a true southern troubadour.” Check out her music: https://www.janspillane.com
1980's| Jan won a vocal contest in Savannah which led to her singing the commercial "Welcome to Miller Time". In addition, she received Miller Beer at any local establishment for a year and received her first recording system.
1990's| "A Lady knows when to Leave" was chosen in Billboard"s Top 500 R&B Songs World Wide competition for best R&B Song
1995 | Box of Rain Band w/Jan Spillane, Barr Nobles, C.J. Perrine, Hal Millard, and Bob Blumenthal
1995 | Box of Rain Band opened for Dan Seals, Toxic Oscar, & Drivin' & Cryin'
1998 | Gut Feeling (Full length CD)
1999 | In my Head - (Classical Instrumental - released)
2000 | Jan Spillane donated her song "Time Keeps" alongside Rod Stewart's song "Forever Young" on the Video "100 Years Of Tybee”. Numerous videos were sold to help renovate the Tybee Lighthouse in Tybee Island, GA. Clifford Mead was instrumental in coordinating this project. Lyrics & Music by Jan Spillane, Co-writers on Music, Phil
Hadaway, and Skip Graham.
2001 | 2nd Nature (Full length CD)
2006 | Painting the Blues (Full length CD)
2009 | Thinking out Loud (Full length CD)
2010 | Good as Gold (Single)
2012 | Welcome Home (Single)
2012 | Welcome Home (Band Video) w/Jan Spillane, Mike Futral, Marc Cordray, and Phil McDonald
2012 | Welcome Home (Final Video) writers | Jan Spillane & Caroline Switzer Verner
2012 | Fill in the Blanks (Digital Single)
2021 | Blue Canvas (Full length CD)
2021 | A Christmas Wish (Single)
2022 | Welcome Home (Pending)
2022/2023 | Bare Bones (Full length CD)
2022/2023 | Untitled (Single)
2022/2023 | Untitled (Single)
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