Garrett is a jazz singer with a poet’s soul. A native of Colorado
and a lifelong musician, she is a wilderness vision quester, creativity
guide, and certified laughing instructor who teaches with a twinkle and
inspires by example. Jan’s songs have won multiple awards in the world
of positive music, and have been arranged and published by a Canadian
choral music company. Her tune “Tenderly Calling” was recorded by
John Denver and the legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize, and was featured
in a PBS documentary.
In her colorful musical past Garrett recorded and toured with John
Denver and Steve Martin (when he was still doing stand-up) and appeared
on the Tonight Show. She joined the Dirt Band for their historic
1977 Soviet Tour. (The Russians, starved for American music and Levi’s,
treated them like the Beatles.) As if this weren’t enough of a
thrill, she was later listed in the Rolling Stone “Who’s Who in Rock
& Roll.” Guided by her Indian guru, and a fine sense of
humor, she practiced meditation through it all.
Jan and her husband, acclaimed songwriter JD Martin, have co-written
and produced 7 CDs of original songs, described as….“rich and
intelligent, a feast of musical endorphins, universally inclusive and
uplifting….a velvet hammer wake-up call, as satisfying to the soul as
they are to the ear, music to open the heart and refresh the
spirit.” It has taken them years to memorize that. When
they are not touring, Jan and JD are grateful to be living and creating
their music in the mountains of Colorado near Aspen. Their twin
daughters live down the road.
the Beloved everywhere....
A spiritual revolutionary at heart, Jan is committed to love,
compassion, humor, and deep ecological sanity. Integrating both light
and shadow, her writing, performing, and teaching are generous,
wholistic, creative, emotional, inclusive, relational, and
participatory in nature, and she really enjoys stringing long lists of
adjectives together. In fact, the longer she sits typing at the
computer, the more rambunctiously she tends to go for the cheap laugh.
Fortunately she also believes in miracles and listens for angels. She
feels most at home in the natural world.
Jan Garrett is first and foremost a jazz singer.....velvet voice,
educated musical ear, improvisational spirit..... which means that if
she forgets the words (as she is wont to do in the heat of the moment)
she can make something up and it will be OK. This gives her deep peace
of mind. Astrologically her moon is in Leo, making her quick to
discreetly mark off a little personal territory in center stage, while
at the same time fully revelling in collaborating and playing WITH
other people. In fact, her greatest joy is to "disappear into the
music," which is why you often see her wearing clothes in emergency
Garrett has two solo CDs of original material: "Don't Go Back to Sleep," and "Gypsy Midwfie: Songs for Soul Retrieval,"
She and JD have also written and recorded five more albums of
award-winning songs: “I Dreamed of Rain,”
“Winter Songs,” “Already Home,” “No Complaints Whatsoever,” and their
latest, "Inside the Songwriters' Studio." Feel free
to listen to audio samples here.
Jan’s instructional CD on "Body Chewing" is also now available for serious voice students and the shamelessly curious.
Her cameleon-like tendency to fall in love with whatever great musical
style she happens to get close to has seen her through the blues,
decades of folk mania, jazz, country music, big band swing, soul, all
eras of classical, celtic and assorted old-timey & bluegrass bands,
even toning and chanting. As a rule, she does not "write" songs.
They come upon her and take over her mind & body for random intense
periods, and if she is lucky, both she and the music come out whole and
decipherable on the other side. It is a mysterious, private, and holy
process. If someone were to offer her a great deal of money,
however, she could be persuaded to focus and produce prolifically like
the true professional she is.