Cat Janice’s simultaneously powerful and subtle voice took center stage at Jammin’ Java on a recent crisp fall day and it figuratively blew the roof off the place. In a single word, it was indeed “fierce!”
Cat won the 2019 and 2020 Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) for Best Rock Artist/Group. Clearly, audiences are taking note of her songwriting, performing, and vocal talents.
Although her set only lasted an hour on Sept. 18, it was enough to demonstrate why she’s earning accolades. Cat opened the show with an energetic “Wild,” which quickly segued into “Fire,” a tune featured on Country Music Television’s “Redneck Island” in March 2016.
“Pricey” and “Hurricane” followed before Cat introduced her Mom’s favorite song, a blistering cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” that featured Dante Frisiello’s spectacular lead guitar work. The rest of the set continued Cat’s unique blend of rock, jazz, and soul reflecting influences like Portugal. The Man, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse. Or, as Cat succinctly put it, “I want to make tunes that people bounce on their toes to!”
Watch the official music video for “Luxury” by Cat Janice on YouTube:
Cat’s pop chops are undeniable but they don’t stop there. Growing up in the DC area surrounded by a musical family and friends, provided a deep, and eclectic, musical foundation that included formal training in violin and piano, as well as orchestral production, jazz, and theatre. In addition to “fierce,” perhaps we should add formidable to the list of adjectives describing Cat Janice’s music.
For more music and videos, please visit Cat Janice’s website. And be sure to catch her live!
Jammin’ Java’s A Song and a Slice outdoor shows are free, but please donate generously to the causes supported by the artists. Please take advantage of the food (Union Pie’s pizzas are outstanding) and beverage offerings, and be sure to show your generous appreciation to the serving staff. You’ll also want to check out and buy the artists’ merchandise.
As a reminder, please wear a mask at all times and respect the distance of the people around you! Enjoy the music.
Here are some pictures of Cat Janice and her band performing at Jammin’ Java on Sept. 18, 2020. All photos copyright and courtesy of Mark Caicedo.