By Tahisha Charles
July 14, 2021
One thing Boston lacks is a platform for R&B artists. While rappers rely on blog posts, Tik Toks, and controversial social media posts to gain attention, you’ll always catch an R&B act on a soundstage, performing at local events, doing a cover on a Youtube channel or collaborating with your favorite artist to reach a wider audience. However, I know someone who’s doing shit differently.
Meet Dungeon Jane. Since the age of nine, she knew she wanted to sing. Inspired by Beyonce’s “Live At Wembley” DVD where she performed her Dangerously In Love album at full length in the Wembley Arena in London, a young Jane who hadn’t discovered her voice yet, studied the DVD front to back. “I was stuck. I watched and knew that [this] was something I wanted to do but I didn’t necessarily know how to sing,” said Jane. “So, I made that DVD my coach. I sang her songs note-for-note trying to match them. Learning [the] choreography and seeing all the practice that goes into the glitz and glam was something I was paying attention to.”
Now 25 years old, the Boston-bred artist cites her inspirations being women from all walks of life – her mother, Mariah Carey, Jhene Aiko, SZA and the genre of 90s rhythm and blues.
As for her name, Dungeon Jane was created out of the thought of never knowing what to expect and keeping her fans on their toes. "I wanted my artist name to mirror my capabilities, which sometimes even surprise me," she explained. "Other than keeping my fans happy, I want to keep people on their toes all the time as an artist. I feel as though that’s the best way to create timeless moments."
"As far as the Jane part my name is Janely, but I liked the way Jane sounds especially because people say I don’t look like a Jane, (hence always doing the unexpected) is really my thing."
In 2021, Dungeon Jane released her sophomore effort, Spectrum. Backed by the single, “Ode to You,” Jane shares the ongoing woes one may go through when moving on and hopes her words can comfort others. “It’s okay to feel. It’s okay to feel like a complete disaster because I do too sometimes, but it’s all about how you handle your downfalls. Take life and ride that b*tch by the horns! I want people to feel confident and motivated even through my painful songs."
Dungeon Jane has managed to build a fanbase, despite quarantine delaying her EP release. With over 3,000 followers on social media and 5,000 plays on Apple Music, the songstress has built a name for herself with minimal promotion and is definitely someone to keep on your radar.
Watch "Ode to You" official music video here: