Singer, Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Janani Shankar is set to release her new single, “Down” on Friday, June 3rd. “Down” is an upbeat, energetic rock/Neo-soul track with dark lyrics about not backing down from abusive, scary situations and people. Janani wrote, recorded, produced, and arranged the track herself. It also features drummer Errold Lanier Jr.
Shankar writes, composes, and arranges a majority of her music, drawing inspiration from personal experiences, travels, and relationships. Many of her tracks draw inspiration from different artists such as Massive Attack, Aaliyah, George Michael, Whitney Houston, Lous and the Yakuza, Prince, and more.
Janani’s music has been discovered by playing live around the world, as well as through an online presence, which led her to have multiple tracks – “Space Girl,” “Berlin,” “Wanderer,” “Get Up” and more premiere on BBC Radio: The Asian Network, prior to their formal releases. Last year, Janani’s single “I Wanna Know” was also featured on BBC Radio: The Asian Network’s International Women’s Day Playlist along with Norah Jones, MIA, Anoushka Shankar, and other groundbreaking, successful South Asian artists.
Shankar’s childhood was steeped in music and inspired daily by the creatives and notable musicians who surrounded her. She began her vocal training at the age of two from world-renowned singer, her great grandmother, Lakshmi Shankar, and was trained in violin from the age of three. Always exploring and learning new instruments and skills, she eventually picked up guitar, bass, production, and a bit of keys and percussion. She sang with The Smashing Pumpkins and her mother, Gingger Shankar, at the age of twelve at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
Shankar will be promoting the release of the track with a show at Bar Chord in Brooklyn, New York on June 17th and is scheduling showcase dates in New York, Paris, Spain, and Prague this year; details will be announced through her website and Instagram.