JANE CHRISTISON "JANIE NEXT DOOR"
JANIE NEXT DOOR is also known as musician, entertainer, singer, songwriter, JANE CHRISTISON. Jane’s newest musical venture is performing as JANIE NEXT DOOR, playing upbeat, entertaining, interactive, live musical programs for kids at preschools, birthday parties, elementary school concerts, festivals, libraries and other occasions featuring her original, bouncy songs that will stick in your head, and you won't want them to leave. Her children's CD, "COME SING ALONG WITH JANIE NEXT DOOR," has been Approved by Parents' Choice, and is the recipient of a Tillywig Toy & Media Sterling Fun award,, the prestigious Mom's Choice Award and has been Family Approved by the Dove Foundation.
When asked about the inspiration for her kid’s songs, Jane says, “I’ve played over 1,000 MUSIC WITH A SMILE® performances for seniors groups and retirement communities. During the programs I reminisce about things like ‘Do you remember chasing fireflies on hot summer nights?’ or ‘Do you remember going back to school in the fall?’ I started waking up with children’s songs in my head, and I’d try them out on my seniors. When they enjoyed my ‘children’s’ songs, I realized that they have multigenerational appeal, from the kiddos just having fun with the joy of music, to the parents and grandparents being reminded of fond childhood memories!”
Jane studied accordion with Joan Cochran Sommers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in accordion performance. In addition to playing and singing many styles of music for conventions, restaurants, theme parties and other celebrations, she has been featured as a guest artist at accordion festivals throughout the United States, performing and presenting workshops. Video versions of two of her workshops, “Playing the Accordion for Fun and Fame!” and “Squeezing Money out of Your Accordion” are available through her company, Music With A Smile Productions, L.L.C.
She feels fortunate to have been able to combine two of her favorite things, music and travel. As a member of USO Shows, she toured the Far East, playing at military bases in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam. A second USO tour took her to the Azores and Germany. As a member of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra, Jane has performed in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Scotland, Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy.
Jane is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and was elected and served as the first female Board of Directors member of Local #34-627, the Kansas City Federation of Musicians. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity.
With her engaging personality and an irresistible smile, no matter where in the world, or what the occasion, you’re sure to enjoy the music of Jane Christison.