Underappreciated Musician of Color #15: Jana Mashonee
Jana Mashonee is from North Carolina. A member of the Lumbee and Tuscarora Tribes, she is a sultry, soulful siren who blends pop, R&B, soul, and sometimes rock and even New Age with her native roots. She also does classic covers (like "A Change is Gonna Come" and "Stairway to Heaven)". So no matter what you're into, you best believe she's got something you're going to like.
Jana sings a lot about love, lost love, inter-tribal love, spiritual love, romantic love - all love. Her new album, New Moon Born, is exceptional - the woman's got range, I'm telling you. Her voice has some serious power, and her song "Solid Ground" is available for free download.
In addition to touring 48 of the US states, she's toured Europe and Canada. That's right, y'all. Chica is on a roll. Jana's a NAMA winner, who's set up three scholarship funds for Native youth (Academic, Artistic, and Athletic) to which anyone can donate. *narrows eyes* I'mma be sendin' mine in so y'all know what y'all need to do. Anyhoo...an undeniably sexy songtress, Jana is also quite fashionable.