A dynamic and soulful vocalist, Janelle (aka Lady J) is a storyteller captivated by heartfelt lyrics set to irresistible grooves.
Together with long-time partner Felix Frechette (guitar, vocals, looping, bass, and drum programming), the Lady J Duo combine jazz standards, blues and soul classics, and reimagined pop songs of any style to create a contemporary, good-vibes-only listening experience that is elegant, yet funky.
Both from Montreal, Canada, Janelle and Felix have performed more than 2500 shows together throughout Asia and the GCC since they teamed up in 2006. Residents of Dubai since 2015, they continue to perform hundreds of shows together each year, while somehow remaining pretty happily married and parenting two wildly energetic small boys.
Although they now mostly gig as a compact jazzy duo, they spent the first decade of their relationship fronting their loud, high-voltage 5-7 piece pop cover bands (as bandleader and musical director, respectively). Whether they are on a large festival stage or in a corner of someone's living room, their performances are accessible and engaging, and musically elevated while maintaining an unpretentious honesty.
In the fall of 2012 they released Noise Rises (Strange Cat Records), an album of retro-inspired funky soul, featuring ten original songs they wrote together. They continue to compose, albeit s-l-o-w-l-y.
In the spring of 2020, during the Dubai Covid-19 lockdown, they began live streaming as a way to connect with fans and keep their sanity. Though in-person gigs have resumed, they've kept up the weekly tradition, showcasing their favourite tunes, on-the-spot requests, and cameos by their firstborn (a natural show-stealer).
Join the Lady J Duo on a musical ride that is fresh yet familiar, as they bring you songs designed to touch your heart, vibrate your soul and move your feet.
PRESS & AWARDS
- 17.10.2023 TimeOut Dubai : Nominees revealed for the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2023 - shortlisted for Best Bar Band/Act
- 18.07.2021 Savoir Flair : Where to Find (Great) Live Music in Dubai Every Night of the Week - #4 Masti, Best for Jazz
- 01.03.2020 TimeOut Dubai : Nominees revealed for the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2020 - nominated for Best Bar Band/Act
- 29.04.2015 EvolveR (6-piece band), shortlisted for an Ahlan! Award for Best Local Music Act