With her unique, soaring vocal stylings, outstanding personal accomplishments and countless industry accolades, Jana Mashonee is one of the most famous “unknown” artists of today.
And she knows how to keep surprising us.
Her latest release, Rocket Launch, is no exception. This quirky, cool uptempo track shows the girl has no doubts about what she wants and how to get it.
The dangerously crazy companion video leaves no stone unturned in its assault on your sexy, silly sensibilities.
First signed to Curb Records, Jana’s single, Ooh, Baby, Baby was picked as Billboard’s single of the week and went on to become a radio and sales success. More than Life followed, selling over a million copies on its own and as part of numerous compilation albums. A controversial version of Led Zeppelin’s epic, Stairway to Heaven, came next, earning her another spot on the Billboard Dance charts.
In a desire to explore her heritage, Jana released American Indian Story, a brilliant concept album that garnered her second GRAMMY nomination. The video for the single, The Enlightened Time, won awards at major film festivals around the world as well as a NAMMY for Best Short Form Music Video. Music from the album was featured on Discovery Channel’s hit series, Flying Wild Alaska.
Her first book, American Indian Story – The Adventures of Sha’kona, based on the GRAMMY nominated album of the same was also recently completed. The fantasy filled mystery-adventure is the uplifting story of the young heroine, Sha’kona, and her journey of self-discovery and courage. Fans and critics alike have praised this young adult novel for its characters, magic and message.
Jana continued to pay tribute to her ancestry with the exquisite, American Indian Christmas, an extraordinary work featuring ten classic Christmas songs sung in ten different Native American languages accompanied by a full orchestra and traditional Native American instruments. A critical and commercial success beyond her wildest imagination, the album won her another NAMMY award.
With her cultural roots planted firmly in her music thus far, Jana decided to go in a different musical direction debuting A Change Is Gonna Come from her New Moon Born album at the Presidential Inaugural Ball. This was her second performance for a First Family. She sang at the First Lady’s Luncheon as well. The song went on to win her an eighth Native American Music Award for Song of the Year and the video took the Best Music Video prizes at the prestigious Indie Film Festival and at the American Indian Film Festival. She was also named Best Female Vocalist by the Rockwired Music Awards.
Jana has also co-headlined a sell-out show with Sarah McLachlan at Carnegie Hall for a magical evening. Six months later she won her ninth NAMMY.
With all that Jana has achieved she still finds time to give back. Her Jana’s Kids Foundation has been helping Native youth achieve their dreams through its programs and scholarship offerings for almost as long as she has been an artist. In recognition of her efforts, Jana was named Woman of the Year for her philanthropic work.
Movies were her next goal. Jana co-starred with Lorenzo Lamas in her first film, The Dinosaur Experiment, and it became one of the top most rented films on Redbox. Her songs are featured in The Dinosaur Experiment as well as in Crooked Arrow and Blue Gap Boyz, among other movies.
Every time we think we know everything about Jana Mashonee, she throws us a curveball that we can all hit out of the park. What more could you want. More Jana.