Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Janet Saadian

Janet Saadian is becoming a growing presence in the Washington D.C. area's acoustic singer/songwriter scene. Her songwriting evokes a familiar "I've been there, too" feeling, especially from a woman's perspective. Her debut CD "Weather the Storm" chronicles real life events and periods of personal growth from love lost to love found. Janet's philosophy on songwriting is that strong lyric and melody should be the primary focus. It is only after shefeels she has done her best that she will record a song. Janet is her own strongest critic, sometimes writing and perfecting a song over many months. "When you're lucky, a song will write itself in only a few minutes. More often, in order to be true to the process, I sometimes struggle with a song over periods of months before I am happy with it." Janet agrees with one of her favorites, Paul Simon who once mentioned that "songs aren't written, they are re-written".

Janet's other musical influences include a range of talents from Ian and Sylvia, whom she listened to growing up in her parent's living room to favorites Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian, Melissa Etheridge, Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Neil Young, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell and many more.

In performance Janet's style is strong and dynamic. She is a solid rhythm guitar player and enjoy's strumming out and singing from the heart. However, she occasionally changes the mood to quiet and introspective. In addition to her own songs, Janet performs familiar favorites from the artists mentioned above.

Janet is hoping to further develop her songwriting craft and eventually hopes to have her songs published and recorded by other artists. She regularly attends music conferences and songwriting workshops. "It would be a dream come true to have someone record one of my songs! I hope to be traveling to Nashville in the near future to meet with publishers. Wish me luck!"
Janet has served as a board member and on the Music and Dance Committee of the Northern Virginia Folk Festival Association and is a member of Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW); Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance and the Nashville Songwriters Association, Inc. (NSAI).

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