Tue. Oct. 19, 2021

Janice McClain – Giving My Love

Most Wanted! Janice McClain – Giving My Love (Mon-Tab)

With that je ne sais quoi of Sharon Redd‘s ‘Can You Handle It’… You can tell the Terri Jeffries (*) penned ‘Giving My Love’ is some serious affair from the very first moment!

The feeling goes even bigger when listening to Janice McClain‘s heartfelt interpretation. Not to mention the lush strings driven arrangements courtesy of her uncle (Milt Tennant) and Thom Page. The latter also responsible for the production work on ‘Smack Dab In The Middle’ 4 years before as a matter of fact.

No matter what, ‘Giving My Love’ is certainly her best work ever. Although quite underrated in comparison with ‘Smack Dab In The Middle’ which got her to fame.

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Janice McClain, a native Philadelphian, scored her first success at the early age of 15 with the memorable ‘Smack Dab In The Middle’. A classic which Larry Levan remixed on RFC Records. Patti LaBelle, who happened to discover her in Atlanta, became her mentor. She eventually got her to sign with MCA back in 1986. A record deal which resulted in the release of her eponymous debut-album featuring ‘Passion And Pain’ produced by Nick Martinelli. Although and despite a real talent, this would be the one and only album to her credit though.

As a background vocalist, Janice McClain has been collaborating with Denise Williams, George Clinton and Hall And Oates. Last but not least, she also appeared on the Fat Larry’s Band‘s cover version of ‘Don’t Let It Go’, although she never got credited for this…

Terri Jeffries (*) who wrote ‘Giving My Love’ for Janice McClain is also remembered as the featuring singer on ‘Everybody’s A Star’ by the likes of Paul Simpson back in 1989 on Cooltempo.

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