Janet A. Montgomery , formerly known as Janet Harkness grew up in the Atlanta area and began her musical training in piano at a very early age, she honed in on her craft in high School by participating in Jazz band, and many classical piano competitions like the Omega Psi Phi Talent hunt, N.A.A.C.P Act-So competition, just to name a few. This was the beginning of her musical transformation as we know it today. Janet Montgomery went on to complete undergraduate studies in music education at Alabama State University with a concentration in piano under the private study of Dr. Joel Jones and Corine Anderson-Free. After pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree she went on in her matriculation receiving a Masters of Leadership in Higher Education at Capella University.
Janet is an avid believer that music education is just as important as performing, her desires and love for connecting to the arts is the motive for her talents as a performer, arranger, and music educator. Janet has trained and nurtured many music ensembles in Elementary, Middle, High School, and College in the Public School system of Georgia.
Janet’s passion for music began to permeate and then consolidated her love of music with her gift. This union led to the opportunity of being a full time performer with "The New Collegiate’s" Jazz ensemble, and Uniquely Anointed Chorale. She has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with George Duke, Tyrone Davis, and vocal coached Motown recording artist "Lil Corey". Ensembles have been led under her direction in honorarium performances of Alexis Herman, Secretary of Labor under the Clinton Administration, and the First Lady of current President of Ghana, West Africa Theresa Kufor. Janet has completed a partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts Artist in Residence Elise Witt. She is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators and Tau Beta Sigma Music Sorority, BMI songwriters association, National Federation of Musicians.
In Addition to Ms. Montgomery’s professional accomplishments, she has also been the theatre musician and vocal coach for musical productions such as Heart of Dixie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Have you heard about the Revival, Lion King, The Dracula Spectacula Show, and The Wiz. Janet is considered to be part of Atlanta’s mainstream local talent, accompanied by her band the “Montgomery Music Project” She has performed at many venues such as, “Chicago’s very own” restaurant, “Seasons Bistro” “Black Expo” Café 290,, just to name a few.
Janet, is known as one of the demanding female musicians in the city of Atlanta, and the southeastern part of the United States. She has been the musician for the last year of Kenne Wayne, Southern Soul Blues Artist, with a #2 song on the Zydeco charts. Janet Montgomery was featured on WCLK 91.9 Keyboard Explosion. On the bill were artists such as Madoca, Tyrone Jackson, and William Green.
Currently, Janet is the permanent Keyboardist for the corporate band “The Momentum Party Band” of East Coast Entertainment. Janet fluently participates with corporate bands in the city of Atlanta and Internationally. As a result, she has developed an extensive repertoire and setlist that includes Motown, Contemporary Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Hip-hop. From artist such as Gladys knight, Stevie Wonder, The Platters, Michael Jackson, Al Green, Temptation, Ceelo Green, Journey, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Adele, Lady Ga Ga, and many, many more……
She has completed her sophomoric project “A New Beginning” which is entirely composed of Instrumental Piano Jazz music, with undertones of inspiration. Her style as described by other musicians has an R & B feel with funky riffs and motifs. Her music is a fusion of neo-soul, funk, and nu-jazz. She best describes her music as “familiar funk without lyric.”