Known for being the lead vocalist of the legendary female rock band Vixen, The powerful vocals of Janet Gardner propelled Vixen to the top of the Billboard charts with crossover hits “Edge of a Broken Heart” and “Cryin’” and AOR rockers “How Much Love” and “Love is a Killer.” They also reached Gold Album status. Vixen toured extensively, grinding out 200 shows per year, opening for the likes of Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, Kiss, and Bon Jovi.
Janet Gardner & Justin James join Scotty J on Rock Titan Live
Teaming up with guitarist/songwriter/producer Justin James (who has worked with members of Staind, Collective Soul, Tyketto), Gardner ventured into the solo realm to unleash a new side of her musical creativity. Together, Janet and Justin have penned a collection of emotionally charged songs with gritty grooves, infectious hooks, and inspired lyrics that merge hard rock influences from the last four decades.
Gardner*James “Synergy” drops worldwide on August 7, 2020.
A Review of Gardner*James “Synergy” by Rock Titan’s Scotty J
Wounded – Janet proves she’s survived the test of time with her powerful and distinctive vocals. Justin James shows off his metal prowess on guitar. A lethal combination these 2 make.
You Can Kiss This – I feel like I’ve been teleported back to the glory days of Vixen! That said I really dig James’s guitar playing. The drummer is also jamming out of there mind. I feel like I should have asked Janet if this song was a message for anyone in particular?
Rise Up – I’m feeling classic 80’s metal right out of the gate. It’s awesome to hear Gardner so much at the top of her game! A tour with her, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, and Anne Wilson would be incredible!
Running to Her – Some great songwriting on display here. Nice guitar solo feature just past the half way point. Again Gardner’s vocals are the kind of thing that should make all fans proud and she hasn’t dwindled even a little bit.
Lonely We Fight – The introduction of band chorus vocals is cool. There’s also a foreign sound I can’t place? But it works. I can’t say enough about Justin James’s playing. It’s understandable so many musicians have enlisted his services.
“Lonely we Fight”
Say You Will – If you were wondering if there would be a slower love song on this album wonder no more. Nice.
I Promise – Let’s get back to some rock and roll shall we? So many movies go flashing through my mind where I could easily see this tune as part of the soundtrack.
On A Wire – I keep waiting for a song that makes me wonder if Janet has lost a step? Can’t find it yet. You can feel a happiness in her voice. Must be that Synergy she’s found with James?
Gone – All I can say is I’m so glad that Gardner isn’t gone. Clearly she’s got lots more music to give. This is one of those songs that gets the crowd involved and you gotta love it!
Flying on Faith – I didn’t really expect more than 1 slow song yet here it is. I’m not complaining. It’s just an observation. That said Synergy puts Gardner’s diversity as a musician on full display. She’s clearly surrounded by other great musicians as well.
Janet Gardner/Justin James Quarantine video “Talk To Myself”
Talk to Myself – What a fun, swanky, groovy way to finish off this album. I can also see this song finishing off a concert before an unquestionable encore. Yes ladies and gentlemen. Janet Gardner has still got “it”.
With all the celebrity musicians that have been judges on various reality shows, I think Janet Gardner should receive an offer. She may love working as a dental hygienist, but I’m will to bet she could be pried away. The Voice should make a call.