About Janet Redstone

Jazz/pop vocalist, actor, recording artist, and songwriter, Janet Redstone has touched the hearts of audiences and critics alike, both in concert halls and theatres across the United States. Recognized early on as a major talent, Show Business critic Robert M. Goodman called her “one of the classiest and most intelligent singers performing…a major find;” Backstage critic Bob Harrington noted her as “regally beautiful with great poise, and an extremely lovely voice,” and, later, Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich referred to her as “a first class interpreter…with unorthodox tempos, unexpected pauses and other beguiling eccentricities…blessed with a supple alto that has clearly been honed and shaped in the musical theater.”

Born in New York, Ms. Redstone began her vocal training with Juilliard graduate and Metropolitan Opera audition winner Teresa Arrigo. She continued her classical and musical theatre training at Binghamton University where she studied with David Clatworthy (New York City Opera), Roberta Schlosser (Tri-Cities Opera) and Arthur Lessac (The Use and Training of the Human Voice). Upon graduation, she performed in New York City clubs including Don’t Tell MamaEighty Eights, and Danny’s Skylight Room. In collaboration with Michael Wolff, Ms. Redstone wrote the one-woman, multi-character musical, Polo Picnic, which she performed in New York City cabaret theatres.

Ms. Redstone performed as an Actors Equity actor on regional stages in leading roles including a nine-month run as Daisy in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and as Kate in Kiss Me Kate as an Equity guest artist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She studied acting with Wynn Handman of The American Place Theatre and Uta Hagen.

Janet has shared her love of the Great American Songbook at major music venues, with performances at New York City’s The Town Hall as part of the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention with Amanda McBroom, Julie Wilson, and Michael Feinstein; and at The Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium with Margaret Whiting.

Upon relocating to Chicago with her family in the mid nineties, Janet immersed herself in the local jazz scene, performing with such luminaries as Richie Cole, Larry Gray, and Bobby Schiff. Her engagements have included performances at the Fairmont HotelPops for Champagne,Toulouse on the Park, and Andy’s Jazz Club. These performances coincided with her debut CD release, Dreamers Songs of the Heart.

In the midst of her ascending career, Janet’s son was diagnosed with a severe form of autism, after which she attended to her son’s care and therapy with the same passionate devotion that she had poured into her performing career. During her time away from major engagements, Janet continued with private performances, writing, and coaching.

Inspired by her life-changing experiences with her son, Janet now marks her re-emergence into the public arena with a powerful new family-friendly CD, The Colors of the World. The CD features the title song, an anthem for the environment; Unbridled Joy, an original song that Ms. Redstone wrote about her experiences with her son, and some classic Great American Songbook favorites.

Of Ms. Redstone’s latest recording, she exclaims: “The Colors of the World” Brad Ross (music) and Nina Tisch (lyrics), is a song that I loved from the moment Brad Ross presented it to me. The lyrics say it all: “Whenever I forget that miracles abound, I look around and marvel at the wondrous colors of the world.”

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