| Janice Whaley|| Singer-songwriter|
| Patchwork Life, The Smiths Project Box Set|
Independent Music Award for Best Album - Tribute
Curt Smith, The Smiths, Olof Arnalds, The Rubberbandits, The Lilac Time
Janice Whaley Wikipedia
Janice Whaley is an American capella singer-songwriter from California.
As a teenager, Whaley suffered from polymyositis, a degenerative muscle disease. Essentially without mobility during this period, Whaley has described the condition as “a major force behind her creativity”, as music and art were the main activities available to her.
In 2010, Whaley set out to record every song by The Smiths in a year. Each song required up to 30 vocal layers to represent the various instruments in the original, and could take up to 30 hours to complete – meaning work on various songs overlapped. With financial backing from supporters through the website Kickstarter, The Smiths Project was released on CD in 2011.
Patchwork Life, Whaley’s first album of originals, followed in 2012. The album reflects her more recent influences, such as Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, John Cage, John Zorn as well as the experimental aspects of rock/alternative music by Björk, Mike Patton, and Radiohead.The Smiths Project (2011), album series and box set including:
Hatful of Hollow
Meat is Murder
The Queen is Dead
Louder than Bombs
Strangeways, Here We Come
Patchwork Life (2012)
"Trees" (2011): re-recording of track from the Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) album Mayfield.
"Ideas as Opiates" (2012): duet with actor James Roday, original version by Tears For Fears.
"We Need You" (2012): cover version of Duran Duran original, as requested by Simon Le Bon.