Janita “Here Be Dragons” Release Event (w/ special guest Heather Christian)

October 1st, 2020 7pm   Stage 2



Janita’s new single, “I Do” (ECR Music Group), arrives on the heels of her triumphant October 2019 single release, “Bliss I Once Had This,” which garnered national TV, press, and media in the United States and in her native Finland. This new single recalls the passions of true love—and will be released on February 14th, 2020 (Valentine’s Day).

About the single, Janita says, “I have a restless soul, an innate curiosity which pushes me to learn, and to change. Uncharted territory is terribly exciting for me. I often feel like I’m on the edge of something new, even with those I’ve loved for years and years. ’I Do’ is about the renewal of one’s love for someone—love being the most thrilling of all uncharted territories—and a renewal of one’s commitment to exploring all the corners of the map of that relationship.”

Full U.S. and European press and media campaigns will accompany the single’s release. Her new album, Here Be Dragons, arrives May 1st, 2020. Janita will perform in New York City on the eve of the album release, April 30th, at legendary Rockwood Music Hall.

“Here be dragons” means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters, and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps where potential dangers were thought to exist.

Critical acclaim fused with commercial success is rare in the music world. For Janita, this coveted combination is simply the norm, and it has propelled her across 60,000 miles of touring for over 100 performances in the United States and Europe over the past two years, alone.

Already established as an iconic recording artist and music figure in her native Finland, Janita (pronounced YA-nee-tuh) moved to New York City early in her career, building on those initial successes by launching her American recording career with two Top-40 Billboard hits. Her albums that have followed, Haunted, and Didn’t You, My Dear?, have cemented her reputation as a powerful multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and arranger—while garnering further recognition for her electrifying and unique talent as a singer.

Heather Christian

HEATHER CHRISTIAN is an Obie Award winning composer/music and theater maker/performer and a 2018 Sundance Time Warner Fellow and a 2019 Harold an Mimi Steinberg Trust commissionee. Her piece “Oratorio for Living Things”, a classical oratorio for 12 voices and orchestra set to the beatification of time premiers this spring at Ars Nova. Other composing/Performing highlights include her own work Animal Wisdom Bushwick Starr, in addition to Mission Drift Nat’l Theater London, The World Is Round BAM.  Film composition credits include Lemon, (2017 Sundance Film Festival and SXSW) Gregory Go Boom, (Sundance Grand Jury Prize) and most recently, Adult Swim series The Shivering Truth. She was named one of TimeOut NY's Downtown Innovators To Watch. She has released 9 records, taught music composition at NYU and Princeton, owns and operates her own recording studio in Beacon, NY, and can be seen secretly in concert halls and dive bars as Heather Christian & the Arbornauts. Listen at www.heatherchristian.bandcamp.com