Born in Los Angeles, California, Jan-Joy started singing herself to sleep with lullabies at age 5. At about that same time, she fell in love with a barbershop quartet singer at Disneyland, who serenaded her with the song, "Daisy", then he immediately broke her heart, ( instead of keeping his promise to carry her away on his "Bicycle Built for Two").
The Autoharp, was her first musical instrument, which she learned to tune by ear.
You may find out more about her and what she does at her website: http://harpygirl.com
She began composing songs in the early 1970s, and also studied performance techniques and guitar with Bud Dashiell of "Bud and Travis" in her home town.
Jan-Joy and her husband Fred traveled regularly to the Hawaiian islands , and developed a love of Hawaiian language, music and steel guitar. Because they were greeted with so much Aloha from the locals, the pair settled in Hawaii in 1981, where Jan-Joy continues to entertain audiences, along with her husband Fred Barnett, in the group "Wiki Waki Woo", with whom she has made three recordings, including. "Souvenirs" released in 2001, and is also available here at cdbaby.
Finally, after admiring the sound of the Harp for her whole life, in 1998, she began to play the lever or folk harp, and study Celtic Music. Since 2000, she has been appearing solo using harp and voice for weddings, parties, and other concerts and occasions. Always following her love of music, and with harmony in her heart, she continues to study various aspects of singing, music, and sound vibrations, with numerous teachers and on various instruments, (some of which are Voice, Guitar, Autoharp, Harp, Piano, Digeridu, Hammered Dulcimer, and Marimba). She has studied sound as a therapeutic tool since 1995 and became certified therapeutic harp practitioner with IHTP in 2001. You may find her spending time and recording in the Portland Oregon, where "Open Your Heart" was recently completed at "Fur Vault PDX".