2005 > 2010
Right after getting a degree in Audiovisual Media at the Utrecht School of Arts in 2005, Janne Schra felt launched as she began her musical career singing and writing for her band Room Eleven. Soon after releasing their first album at Universal they were touring around the world with highlights including performances at the Montréal Jazz Festival in Canada and The Johannesburg Joy of Jazz in South-Africa. The album Six White Russians and a Pink Pussycat (2006) went platinum, their second album Mmm…Gumbo? (2008), recorded in New York, went gold. The band’s sold-out performance at Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam was recorded and released on DVD.
Room Eleven received two major Dutch music awards, an Essent Award and a Silver Harp award.
After four years of this rollercoaster ride, Schra wanted to go her own way to find and develop her own voice and has been walking her own artistisc path ever since.
- Released ‘India Lima Oscar Victor Echo You’ recorded in Stockholm with Johan Lindström, under the name Schradinova.
- Released ’Schradinova Live at Kytopia’ recorded with Kyteman
- Shared the stage with Solomun Burke and De Staat
- Released two songs with Kraak & Smaak (‘Never Too Late’ ended up in an episode of ‘This American Life’)
- Opened for AIR in Belgrade
- Released ‘Made in China’ with Benjamin Herman and Jelte Heringa recorded in Shanghai.
- Recorded a duet with M. Ward for her next solo album
- Cowrote a track with Sister Bliss (Faithless producer)
- Released an eponymous album – her fourth solo record recorded with Tobias Fröberg in Sweden and Martijn Groeneveld in Holland. Together with a very special line-up in which the Red Limo String Quartet played a large role, they played for sold-out crowds in major venues across the Netherlands.
- Re-released a few songs with the Robin Nolan Trio in the tradition of Django Reinhardt, touring with the band through China.
- Performed in ‘Die Dreigroschen Oper’ at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
- Shot a music-video in Budapest for Little Bamboo (appears on Ponzo) starring actress Thekla Reuten.
- Released ‘Ponzo’, Schra’s fifth studio album, which she recorded with producer Torre Florim (De Staat)
- Nominated for two important Dutch music awards (3voor12 and an Edison).
- Together with conductor Reinout Douma she put poems of Dutch poet M. Vasalis to music and toured with The Noordpool Orchestra.
- Played with Austin musicians at SXSW in Austin TX
- Played in Berlin and Sweden and and successfully toured venues and festivals in The Netherlands for a year.
- Singles ‘Carry On’ and ‘Everything I Do Ooh Ooh’ got a lot of airplay worldwide.
- Released the limited EP ‘Ponzo Light’ on 10 inch vinyl with lighter versions of Ponzo-songs recorded with her band.
- Room Eleven played a reunion-gig in Utrecht which was sold-out within 15 minutes, after that the band decided to play a few more gigs in the fall of 2016 also releasing their debut album on vinyl.
- The M. Vasalis project with The Noordpool Orchestra has been recorded and is expected to be released in 2017 (this will be Schra’s first album fully sung in Dutch).
- In the meantime Janne is taking her time to exhibit her paintings, write songs with dance producers like the Berlin duo Möwe, Feiertag and The Galaxy (aka Arjen Lubach and Sacha Harland) and of course to write songs for her next solo-album, alone and together with various writers in Holland and musicians in New Orleans, Austin, Nashville and London.
- “Owner of one of the most intriguing voices in this country.” – AD ’15
- “Stunningly sung.” – Lust For Life ’15 ****
- “Janne Schra has guts, she does exactly what her heart tells her to.” – BN De Stem ’15.
- “Janne Schra has guts, she does exactly what her heart tells her to.” – BN De Stem ’15 ****
- “It looks like Schra has found her voice: she’s never sounded so at ease, so confident.” – De Volkskrant ’15 ****
- “A jazzy, vulnerable album with a generous touch of melancholy.” – Vogue ’13
- “A breath of fresh air in mind and heart. A combination of musical growth and self-reflection, expressed principally in more personal lyrics and selecting instruments that best suit her intriguing, rather sensual voice. Schra’s dreamy penchant for nostalgia has remained. Less the loveable girl, with a rawer, mature sound.” – NRC ’13 ****
- “Ponzo delivers a lot of great songs and surprising soundscapes, but still holds a solid profile together. Here, Schra lives up to a whole lot of promise.” OOR ’15
- ‘Take note, Holland: The name is Schra, Janne Schra.’ – Soundsz ’15