Jana Heller | Laughing in Crime

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Laughing in Crime

by Jana Heller

"Superbly atmospheric or full of thumping clout, an assured debut, long on style and originality with virtuoso Dulcimer and Guitar, a moving powerful voice and really memorable songs with great hooks." - Folk Roots / Tradition Magazines, UK
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Laughing in Crime
3:14 $0.99
2. Hunger
3:27 $0.99
3. Mirror
4:11 $0.99
4. See Mystery
4:10 $0.99
5. Mad Waltzing
3:39 $0.99
6. Innocent Ways
4:24 $0.99
7. (You Could Be) Somebody to Love
3:58 $0.99
8. Love Is a Temporary Thing
5:19 $0.99
9. Your Heart Can Sing
2:45 $0.99
10. Let It Ride
3:48 $0.99
11. Promise Land
3:35 $0.99
12. Light the Lamp, Babe
2:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jana Heller has recently returned to the United States after fifteen years living and playing in England. There, after producing two independently released cassettes entitled Mad Waltzing and Twist and Turn, she signed in 1995 to Cycle Records and released her first CD Laughing in Crime. The album has received airplay in the UK and across Europe as well as in the United States. It has attracted interest and acclaim from the music press:

Superbly atmospheric or full of thumping clout, Jana Heller is a gal to watch out for. An assured debut, long on style and originality.

- Folk Roots Magazine.

Virtuoso dulcimer, fine acoustic guitar, a moving powerful voice and really memorable songs with great hooks. Jana Heller has a product here that could make her a big star - a singer/songwriter a la Kate Bush...this is a brilliant piece of work. A contemporary rock album which sits neatly alongside Springsteen and Alanis Morrisette.

- Tradition magazine

Superb quality and a good familiar feel from start to finish... In the very best tradition of famous contemporary singer-songwriters.

- Essex Folk News

Comprising twelve original songs, Laughing in Crime features Jana on vocals, guitar, dulcimer and piano, backed by a range of top musicians, including Pete Zorn (Richard Thompson band) and Ken Nicol (Al Stewart band). A track from the album was recently featured on the cover CD-ROM of an international computer magazine.

Born in Los Angeles, Jana played widely around California with her rock bands Aaahs and The Phantoms, winning American Songwriters' Awards and writing music for TV commercials and soundtracks.

Jana Heller is a major talent... with a catalogue of stirring songs... with hints of irony and humour.

- The Hounslow Star, London, UK

Musically she grips an audience with her subtle stagecraft... a contemporary singer songwriter with style... Check her out soon, you won't be disappointed.

- Highly Strung

Jana has played at folk clubs and major folk festivals all over the UK, such as the Cambridge Folk Festival and the world-famous Bunjie's Folk Cellar, which has hosted concerts by Al Stewart and Paul Simon among others. She has shared the bill with acts such as Martin Simpson, June Tabor, Katy Moffatt and the Strawbs. Her music has taken her to the Republic of Ireland and also a tour of festivals, clubs and Universities in Poland. Jana has achieved acclaim both as a solo performer and in her various bands, which have featured prominent British musicians such as Brian Willoughby (The Strawbs) and Nigel Portman-Smith (Pentangle), and has performed live radio sessions for stations in the UK, Europe and USA.

Jana Heller is clearly an artist of exceptional talent

- Monterey County Post

When Jana Heller sings, she cooks

- Salinas Californian



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