"All I ever wanted to do was sing," says country music legend Janie Fricke.
One of the most popular country music stars throughout the 70s and 80s, Janie Fricke is coming to Truth or Consequences for one show only May 4.
Fricke debuted on the charts in 1977 with three country hits, "What're You Doing Tonight?", "Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love With You)," and "Baby It's You." It wasn't long before she began to dominate the country scene with a string of number one hits in the 1980s, and it was only a matter of time before she started winning awards. She was named twice as CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year, as wells as Music City News Female Vocalist of the Year, Billboard’s Top Country Female Vocalist, Cashbox Top Country Female Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, British-based Country Music Round-Up Most Popular International Female Solo Act, and she was chosen to the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars.
As Fricke puts it, she began her career singing in a "little church up the road" where her mother played the piano. She sang at local coffeehouses, high school events, as well as her way through college where she obtained her degree from Indiana University in elementary education. Fricke then chose a musical career, working in Memphis, Dallas and Los Angeles. There, as one of the marketing industry's most successful jingle singers, her voice became known to millions as the voice for such advertising giants as United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster.
Her voice led her to singing sessions for country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Millsap, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Johnny Duncan and others. She has also been given the privilege to sing on albums for Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley, after their deaths.
From county fairs to corporate trade shows, live concerts, in recording studios, or before millions on television, Fricke's individual sound and performance personality have captivated audiences around the world. In her recording career, she has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles, including 18 which charted to number one.
When she relaxes she spends time with her husband Jeff and her animals. She attends church near her home. Thankful for her blessings, Janie feels these values have helped her become the woman she is today. From an Indiana farm girl to an internationally acclaimed recording artist, she has never lost the pure heart and love of music.
Janie Fricke and her band hit the stage, May 4, at the Truth or Consequences Convention Center. Tickets available in T or C at Cherrill’s Western Wear, Truth or Consequences Brewing, KCHS Radio Office, or online at the KCHSradio.com.