For Bay Area native Janel Marisse, music was a divine career path. The daughter of an open-format DJ and sister of a music video director, the ascension from a spotlight-loving child to singer/songwriter came naturally. Having grown up in the era of the Spice Girls, and later, Destiny’s Child and Aaliyah, Janel was exposed to strong women in entertainment whose respective sounds fused various genres to form an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and hip-hop. When Janel began songwriting at the age of 16, the influence of these acts became clear – the Filipina singer/songwriter’s powerhouse vocals could dabble into the depths of soul music, bounce along to the jumps and drops of EDM and navigate smoothly over the drums of any 808.
Making her debut in 2015, her single was immediately picked up by Samsung. “No Tomorrow” was featured in a nationwide commercial from the technology giant, starring music mogul Russell Simmons. It was quite the ride for a brand new artist, and it quickly became overwhelming for the young songstress. Janel had to recalibrate, and like a true artist, turned the experience into debut EP ‘Unbothered’, an unapologetic EP featuring production from DTB, Julia Lewis, and Ekzakt. She then returns with her sophomore EP, ‘The New Order’ out now.