Until the Eagle Falls
A new day is dawning for alluring, Grammy-winning international music star Janice-Marie. The Los Angeles native, who rose to fame as the leader of the group A Taste of Honey in the '70s with the multi-million sellers 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' and 'Sukiyaki,' has enjoyed tremendous success from her natural knack for bridging musical and cultural boundaries via her composing, singing and bass playing skills. Now, after stepping way from the spotlight to marry and raise a beautiful son (who is already revealing instinctual musical aptitude), Janice Marie returns to the pop music world in the new millennium with deeper inspiration than ever before... an inspiration seeded in her Native American roots. As a girl, Janice-Marie Johnson was fascinated by stories her mother shared with her concerning their Indian heritage. However, after recent studies with historians Mercedes Wallace, Clarence Cameron and Robert Tree Cody, Janice-Marie discovered her specific ties to the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe of Wisconsin. This connection became warmly and profoundly solidified when she attended a Pow Wow in Gallup, New Mexico. Through her embracing of her people's songs and dance, the spirit of this ancient ancestry impacted her heart, mind and soul. As a gesture of gratitude to all of the people who took part in that magical weekend, Janice-Marie composed the song 'Until The Eagle Falls,' which weaves legendary Native American mythology about how the eagle NEVER falls (and a haunting melody) into a tranquil and precious ballad of devotion...eternal. Robert Tree Cody - voted Best Male Artist at the Fifth Annual Native American Music Awards ('The NAMAs') - is a special guest on all mixes, playing flute and singing, as well as gracing the music video. Writing and recording 'Until The Eagle Falls' opened a creative door within Janice-Marie for an entire cycle of songs on love, healing, unity and yes, even romance, to come forth. On her previous album, Hiatus of the Heart, these themes were filtered through a tropical blend of Island, Reggae and R&B strains. On the forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album, these themes further strengthened by the urgent wake-up call of 9/11 - are all wedded to music that is a purposefully focused blend of Native American melodies, chants and lyrics, with African grooves. It is the artist's highest hope that 'Until The Eagle Falls' continues the unifying, genre-defying legacy of her past. Sung by Janice-Marie in the soothing signature alto that spun hits like 'Sukiyaki' and her cover of Smokey Robinson's 'I'll Try Something New' into unforgettable gold, 'Until The Eagle Falls' is a love song for the ages. - A. Scott Galloway.