In the days of Disco, Janice-Marie’s ‘A Taste of Honey’ received a crash
course in the potential of a hit single. Their first recording, "Boogie Oogie Oogie",
hit #1 on the International Pop, Disco and R&B charts. The single and self-titled
album were certified double Platinum in the USA (Capital Record’s first platinum
single) and went Gold in the United Kingdom and Japan. A Taste of Honey
nabbed the 'Best New Artist of the Year' Grammy Award along with an additional
‘Best Vocal Performance By Group or Duo’ Grammy nomination. Janice-Marie
Johnson received the ‘Best R&B Song’, Grammy nomination, as well, for writing
Boogie Oogie Oogie. Another Taste, the second ATOH album, went Gold in
Japan and garnered a Gold Single and Album, with "Do It Good". This catchy
tune also won the Gold Prize awards at the 8th Annual Tokyo Music Festival and
national acclaim in the US.
The group’s third album, Twice As Sweet, produced by George Duke, gave
us "Sukiyaki" (a Janice-Marie English rewrite of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963
international hit). It went to #1 on the national charts and achieved Gold Single
status in the US and Japan. This LP also featured the hit gold single "Rescue
A fourth album, Ladies of the Eighties, produced by Al McKay of Earth,
Wind and Fire, Ronald LaPred of the Commodores, and A Taste of Honey,
contained yet another hit. A remake, penned by Smokey Robinson: " I'll Try
Something New". This endearing love song charted top 10.
Janice-Marie, A Taste of Honey, has been performing to sold-out U.S.
audiences from the East Coast to the West Coast in casinos, arenas, clubs,
festivals and concert halls. Janice has also been busy performing on the road.
As a featured artist in the “Solid Gold Dance Party 2007 Summer Tour”, Janice-
Marie showed us just what entertaining is all about. Her performance of
“Sukiyaki” and Boogie Oogie Oogie were both stunning and breath taking.
Janice-Marie has also been featured on a variety of national TV shows
including Dick Clarks’ 50th Anniversary Special, VH1, Entertainment Tonight,
Today In LA, and a host of others. Her songs have been recorded by a wide
range of artist, including Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige, and Pure Sugar, Brook
Valentine, Keisha Cole, Fabolos and Yo Yo, amongst a host of other European
and Japanese artists. Her music can also be heard on National TV commercials
across the country and around the world as well as a variety of feature films.
Janice-Marie released two solo CDs on her Tastebuds Records label,
"Hiatus of the Heart" & "Until The Eagle Falls". She was honored with five various
Native American Music awards, including the 'Producer of the Year' Nammy
(Native American Music Award), as well as the 'Award of Excellence' at the 1st
Indian Summer Festival Film & Video Image Awards, for her "Until The Eagle
Falls" music video.
Janice-Marie teamed up with Madonna. The duet style vocals of Janice-
Marie and Madonna on the EMI release ‘Boogie Oogie Music’ are a match made
in heaven. EMI Music UK and Ireland released CD also features a variety of
other legendary artist and songs.
Currently, in between performances, Janice-Marie is back in the studio
recording an “A Taste of Honey” brand new CD.
If after listening to Janice-Marie’s music you find yourself inspired and
uplifted, don't blame it on the ‘Boogie’... just blame it on the cogency of Janice-
A celebrated Pop, R&B, and Disco icon, Janice-Marie Johnson captivates audiences of all generations with her music. From her timeless melodies to the infectious rhythms of her bass, Janice-Marie's stellar musicianship is always the heart of her hit-filled, roof-raising performances world-wide. Janice-Marie’s proof is in the pudding with multiple Gold and Platinum international hits, 3 Grammy nominations and a Grammy award.
As the leader and co-founder of A Taste of Honey, Janice-Marie has kept the groove alive since the group’s 1971 beginning. A Taste of Honey took the industry by storm when, for three weeks, they claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Pop charts with their hit single "Boogie Oogie Oogie" and won the coveted Grammy Award for "Best New Artist." As the writer of “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” Janice-Marie received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Rhythm & Blues Song" category; the song also scored the group a nomination for "Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus."
“Boogie Oogie Oogie” was Capitol Records’ first Platinum single. By both their album and single being certified Gold and Platinum internationally, A Taste of Honey joined the ranks of an elite group of beloved musicians.
A Taste of Honey’s follow-up album, Another Taste, kept the momentum going. The album's lead single "Do It Good" scored a Top 20 R&B hit and once again propelled the group into international status. At the "8th Annual Tokyo Music Festival," A Taste of Honey was awarded the Gold Prize and Janice-Marie won the Gold Prize for writing "Do It Good." Both the single and the album were also certified Gold in Japan, foreshadowing the group's enduring popularity throughout Southeast Asia.
On the third LP, Janice-Marie teamed with George Duke who produced A Taste of Honey’s Twice As Sweet album. Janice-Marie co-wrote a number of the LP’s songs with Duke including, "Say That You'll Stay" and "Don't You Lead Me On.” "Rescue Me," the first single from the Twice As Sweet LP, landed in the R&B Top 20. However, it was Janice-Marie's classic interpretation of Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" that was the centerpiece of the album. She wrote English lyrics for the song (her lyrics were later translated into other languages) and created innovative marketing plans for Capitol to promote the single. "Sukiyaki" hit #1 on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts and gave A Taste of Honey a #3 pop hit plus another Gold single. To this day, Janice-Marie incorporates a stunning traditional Japanese fan dance into her live performances of the song.
Ladies of the Eighties continued A Taste of Honey's hold on the airwaves. Janice-Marie led an inspired cover of the Smokey Robinson classic "I'll Try Something New," which made the R&B Top 10. A popular TV attraction, the group was invited to co-host the Lou Ross television special Rhythm and Ross With A Taste of Honey. Once again, they were off hitting the TV circuit performing on a host of music shows including Soul Train, Solid Gold, American Bandstand, and Kids Are People Too, to name a few. Following A Taste of Honey's Golden Honey compilation, which included a new Johnson composition called "I Want to Be Your Girl," Janice-Marie released a solo album for Capitol, One Taste of Honey.
Janice-Marie Johnson's original music appears in everything from Hollywood movies to video games, and TV commercials to samples by hip-hop artists, too many to name.
With A Taste of Honey’s music reaching more listeners than ever, Janice-Marie returned to the studio to record the full-length album, Hiatus of the Heart. Shortly after, she released "Until The Eagle Falls," a song honoring her Stockbridge Munsee-Mohican heritage. The song and music video earned Janice-Marie the "Award of Excellence" and the "Award of Distinction" at the 1st Indian Summer Festival Film and Video Image Awards. Her contemporaries in Native American music awarded her the prestigious Silver Arrow Award and a Nammy Award for "Best Producer." Janice-Marie was given the extreme high honor of being inducted into the Native American Music Awards ‘Hall of Fame.’ She also hosted the 15th Annual Native American Music Awards.
With her sold-out performances across the globe and appearances in television specials, Janice-Marie continues to celebrate the legacy of A Taste of Honey. She appeared alongside fellow disco legends in TV One's Unsung disco special, was interviewed on When Disco Ruled the World, and performed on the PBS broadcast of Get Down Tonight: A Disco Explosion. Janice-Marie considers herself blessed. Because her music has crossed multiple platforms, you will find her performing with KC and the Sunshine Band and The Village People one night, and The Bar-Kays or Kool and the Gang the next. Janice-Marie was recently invited as a special guest performer in Brazil’s hit musical, ‘Rod Hanna On Broadway.’ Within six months, by popular demand, she was called back to sprinkle her magic on Brazil once again.
Janice-Marie’s music is her lifeline. Look for her new A Taste of Honey CD scheduled for release Spring 2019. Her original music is alive and well among today’s prominent artists and songwriters. Whether in the studio or commanding an audience of thousands, Janice-Marie Johnson's honeyed grooves are sweeter than ever. So should you find your feet tapping to the beat, don’t blame it on the Boogie. Blame it on Janice-Marie!