“Jewel with an edge”
Award-winning country artist, AJ Jansen, knows that great music starts with a long background of pursuit, determination, and passion. With encouragement from her family, her musical aspirations grew into a blossoming, successful career as a new, emerging country singer-songwriter. Known for her “instinctive rhythms and catchy lead guitar lines” (Chris Neal, Music Magazine), Jansen seamlessly mixes elements of classic rock with the heartfelt vulnerability of country music. How did she become this "Rebel Rose" this "Jewel with an Edge"
Growing up in Connecticut in a Polish American family was a far cry from Southern Country Music roots, AJ's grandpa fought in WWII and came to this Country for a better life and so it happened. AJ grew up with musical influences in the home, from cousins playing harmonica, friends playing accordian, guitars being strummed to Rock and Roll and the Outlaws playing in concert on TV and on the Radio.
AJ would observe bands perform every weekend in various venues and various genres, she studied and learned from the best all along creating her own musical identity among the best in American Music, from folk to rock to Country learning about her ethnic roots and family musical history where folklore music and american music married together and created an All American Artist that natually wrote Country music lyrics and melody. God, Family, friends, people and Country were respected and highly valued in AJ's life and still and its something that shaped AJ's musical career. Music was a means for laughing, thinking, loving and a way to forget about everyday life's struggles and worries. It is medicine for the soul. And if that's not Country Music then what is? That's AJ Jansen
Today, Jansen has released five successful country albums, each with a unique blend of heartbreaking ballads and sassy up-tempo classics. Her latest album, Bourbon & Roses, garnered her a second nomination for “Best Country Act of the Year” with The New England Music Awards. The Connecticut Country Music Association (CCMA) also recognized Jansen as “Best Female Modern Country Vocalist” and “Best Recording” for her original single, “Moments.” AJ also attended the national championships for the North American Country Music Association (NACMAI) in Nashville, TN, where she won the NACMAI Horizon “Female Vocalist of the Year” and was a finalist in Jim Halsey’s Starmaker Competition at Coach’s Cabana. Jansen is a proud member of ASCAP, Music Row, CMA, and the IEBA.
While Jansen is humbled by the accolades, her focus has always been on performing live. Some of her favorite venues over the years have included New York City’s famous performance venues like The Bitter End and The Living Room, as well as Nashville’s iconic Tootsies, Sound Check, and as a regular on Billy Block’s radio show. Jansen has also performed extensively in the New England region with special performances at the Stafford Motor Speedway and on the Red Bank Concert Series, as well as opening for Phil Vasser. Regardless of the venue, Jansen strives to create music that is both engaging and memorable. Jansen has been compared to “Jewel but with an edge” by Nashville’s own International Buyer’s Association and she is excited to see where her musical journey will take her next.