For All of His Wealth
'If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention' With a voice that is most often compared to Joan Baez, and a songwriting ability that has already won her recognition in contests, she attempts to bring the attention of the masses to those who are voiceless. She uses her beautiful voice to bring attention to those in our world that are not being heard, to those situations that are not getting through the media. She crafts her songs around people, and builds a vision around them, to give us a small taste of what it might feel to be them. The best way to understand something is to become part of it, if only for a few minutes. The musical sound is often called Celtic, with the 12 string guitar, the bouzouki her husband plays and the lilt in her voice. Others often comment that they are taken back to the 70s with the music. Janet and her group play often at political events, as she feels that she is first an activist and then a musician. They also play at coffee houses and small venues, and Janet also has many songs about love, family and life issues. She has several songs about her husband Ken, as they are very close and have been married for 24 years. Her love songs also usually have a very different twist. Janet and her husband Ken are Canadians currently residing in Oregon. Notable quotes 'Janet Bates tells it like it is. Her Message brilliant and her music wonderful' Thom Hartmann. 'Let me tell you again how much I enjoy your songwriting. This is what folk music is all about ~ social awareness. Love it.' Tracy Grammer.