A. Jane Richman, known professionally as Jane Child (born 15 February 1967), is a Canadian dance-pop singer, producer and musician best known for her hit single “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love”. She is also known for her unique and unusual fashion style.
Born in Toronto, Jane is the daughter of noted Canadian classical musician Ricky Hyslop. She joined Canadian Opera Company’s children’s chorus in her youth. Child was a classically trained pianist during her youth, but at age fifteen she dropped out of school and joined a touring band, playing the synthesizer and singing on their shows, also taking a variety of musical jobs such as organ player in churches, piano bars or doing commercial jingles.
Eventually Child cut a demo tape and was signed to a label who relocated her to New York and then Los Angeles. Adamant on producing her own music, Child left the label and after negotiations with other labels, she settled with Warner Bros. Records, who agreed to sign her on her own terms. Her debut album, Jane Child, released in 1989, was fully written, produced and performed on the synthesizer (except for the guitar parts) by Child herself, a rarity for a debut artist signed to a major label. Due to her musical style and her emphasis on control over her music, she was at the time labelled on the press as “the female Prince”.
The hit single “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990. The song was also a big hit on the R&B chart, peaking at #6, a rarity for a white artist. Her follow-up single, “Welcome to the Real World”, was a modest hit, peaking at No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1993, she released her second album, Here Not There. In the album she broadened her R&B sound to mix it with traces of rock, grunge and Eastern music. The album and its singles were a commercial failure and she was dropped from the label and kept a low profile for the rest of the decade, releasing a few collaborations with Japanese artists in that country.
Her third, and latest album, Surge, was released in 2001 on her own label; which played on a few radio stations. That same year, she re-recorded the song “World Lullabye” from her debut album and sold the single through her website, all proceeds donated to the Twin Towers Fund.
She recorded a cover of Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero” for a tribute album, What’s Love? A Tribute To Tina Turner, released in 2004.
Nose ring/earring? Glad I missed this album.