Janani Shankar

Alternative Indie


Janani Shankar is an indie singer/songwriter who plays guitar, bass, and was also trained in violin when she was younger. She has been singing since the age of 3. She had training in opera at the age of 9.  Janani has been performing since she was little. She attended Santa Susana High School, a performing arts magnet high school for singing, in California. She got accepted into the Carnegie Hall Honors Choir in New York in just her sophomore year of high school. Janani went to Girl's Rock Camp in LA two years in a row and got the opportunity to work with and have mentors like Patty Schemel from Hole, Meg Toohey from The Cold and Lovely, Sara Bareilles, all of Rainging Jane, and others. She has sung with Gingger Shankar, onstage many times, once being at the World Peace Music when she was only 9. She also sang onstage with The Smashing Pumpkins at The Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in 2008. In 2009, she sang in a choir in Vegas at The Sgt. Pepper Live Beatle's Tribute show with Cheaptrick and other amazing artists.

 Janani has had her music licensed out to films like Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz and sold on soundtracks.  Janani has had many musical influences in her life including Gingger Shankar, Norah Jones, her great grandmother Lakshmi Shankar and Ravi Shankar. She has grown up around musicians and has always loved going to concert as well. She even got to go see Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, Krist Novoselic, Rick Nielson from Cheaptrick, Ving Lee from Fear, Rick Springfield and other amazing musicians perform on Hollywood Blvd and hang out with them backstage in the Jimmy Kimmel greenroom. She has been writing her own music for years, which consists of 90s rock, alternative, indie, jazz, pop and other influential genres.  She is also influenced by artists like Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Kills, The Dead Weather, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Oasis, PJ Harvey, Hole, Josephine Baker and others.