“Award-winning country artist, AJ Jansen, knows that great music starts with a long background of pursuit, determination, and passion. With encouragement from her family, her musical aspirations grew into a blossoming, successful career as a new, emerging country singer-songwriter. Known for her “instinctive rhythms and catchy lead guitar lines” (Chris Neal, Music Magazine), Jansen seamlessly mixes elements of classic rock with the heartfelt vulnerability of country music.”
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AJ Jansen is a compelling, soulful Country Artist. She’s been performing since age 6 and writing since age 10, surrounded by a musical Polish family who encouraged her to pursue her artistic dreams. AJ was surrounded by all genres of music, ranging from the songwriting styles of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter to the rock and pop songs of BonJovi, Jewel and Shania Twain. And, of course, there were Sunday morning Polkas. But it was Country Music that stole her heart and soul. A determined and driven original country artist and singer/songwriter, her dream is to someday perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
Jansen first hit Nashville stages in 2006 after being dared to compete in a contest held by the CT Country Music Association. She won the title of Connecticut “Female Vocalist of the Year” and was sent to Nashville to compete Nationally at the North American Country Music Association (NACMAI) awards. She won the National title Horizon award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and was the runner-up in Jim Halsey’s Starmaker Competition.
Jansen continues to win awards such as iHeart Radio station’s WWYZ 92.5 “Band of the Year” for her album A Country Girl Can Survive. The music video for the album’s title song has been featured on the CMT music channels website. Bourbon and Roses, her 5th and latest release, marries the emotional impact of country and the engaging spirit of rock. The album led to her second nomination for “Best Country Act of the Year” from The New England Music Awards.
Music and performance are a core part of who Jansen is, and she loves sharing her passion with others. She has played venues all over The East Coast and Southern Regions from New York’s The Bitter End to opening for artists like Phil Vassar, James Montgomery, and James Otto. Traveling back and forth between Connecticut and Tennessee, AJ had the opportunity to write a musical tribute show entitled “Outlaw Women of Country,” which she performs in various theaters up and down the East Coast.
The show has received rave reviews. She has headlined a variety of casinos, from Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to Bally’s in Atlantic City. Aside from traditional performances, she also loves performing for residents of local retirement homes, bringing her love of classic country to those who love country music and normally do not have a chance to hear the classics in a live setting.
Regardless of the venue, Jansen’s music will touch the hearts of any audience.