Janet Kay, was born Janet Kay Bogle (the first of 6 children) in London to Jamaican parents, Clifton and Monica Bogle. Janet is a descendant of the Jamaican National Hero the Rt Excellent Deacon Paul Bogle.

As a sixties child, Janet was exposed to the singing greats, especially those from the Tamla Motown stable and as a result of the exposure and inspiration, Janets love for singing was born.

In 1977, whilst in Secretarial College, Janet was invited by her school friend Sonia Ferguson (who recorded a cover version of Smokey Robinsons Oh Baby Baby in the late 70s) to a band rehearsal. Destiny saw to it that band member Tony Gad heard Janet singing in the rehearsal room. He was so impressed with the sweetness of Janets voice that he introduced her to the reggae legend, the great Alton Ellis.

That meeting resulted in Janet recording a cover version of Minnie Rippertons Loving You (produced by Alton Ellis), which became a reggae smash hit spending many weeks at No. 1 in the reggae charts.

The following year, 1978, saw Janet record 2 more cover versions, I Do Love You and Thats What Friends Are For, again, both spending weeks at No. 1 in the reggae charts.

In 1979, Janet made history by becoming the first British born black female to have a reggae song at the top of the British charts. The song Silly Games, (produced by Dennis Bovell) was a hit not only in the UK but also in Europe. Janets history making has been recorded in the Music Guiness Book of Records.

Janets songwriting prowess became evident on the release of her first album Capricorn Woman. The album was, and still is a best seller. All the songs except 2 were penned by Janet Kay.

By now, Janet had become known as the Queen of Lovers

Rock. In that same year Janet was presented with the awards for Best 7" single, Best 12" single and Best Female Vocalist 1979 by Black Echoes Music Newspaper.

Janets voice was not exclusive to only reggae music and in the early 80s she also penned and sung the soulful Eternally Grateful which became an underground hit.

The early 80s also saw the collaboration between Janet and reggae legend Jackie Mitto with the Randy Crawford classic, You Bring The Sun Out.

In 1980, after a chance meeting with actor/singer Victor Romero Evans, Janet was introduced to the theatre company Black Theatre Co-operative. A successful audition saw the birth of Janets theatrical career, in the play Mama Dragon by Faroukh Dhondys which toured England and Europe.

Janets theatre credits include:

Mama Dragon - BTC
Shooting Stars At Day - BTC
Redemption Song - BTC


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