Today we’d like to introduce you to Janie Balderas.
Hi Janie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
My journey starts at my hometown in the State of Texas!
Competition day arrived and as I walked into the venue I saw the artists with fancy guitars with all the bells and whistles, their guitar straps even had their names embroidered on them while mine was the generic nylon strap, you know the one that comes with the guitar in the box. But the only thing that mattered that night was playing and singing my heart out.
The venue was packed and 3 judges sat in front of me, once that spotlight was on me it was showtime, it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I had just been playing guitar for a week but I had a goal and was determined to do this, although I have to admit I had quite a few butterflies in my stomach.
I honestly could not believe I was standing there, just me and my guitar fixing to make it happen in front of judges and a packed venue for one of Nashville’s largest competitions. At that moment I was that little girl but not singing to the mirror this time, I had a crowd. Three artists made it to the next round that day and I was one of them, talk about a humbling experience.
People danced, cheered, applauded and once I was done I walked down the steps a little emotional with a sigh of relief. I was thankful for the opportunity because it gave me confidence and I realized the next step for me was forming a band and writing more music.
Fast forward a few years, I’m playing even more shows and honored to be invited to sing the National Anthem for PBR, baseball games, concerts, special events, and Rodeos, I have always wanted to sing our National Anthem and that part of my dream has become reality.
I can honestly say this musical journey has had its obstacles and challenges.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a country singer/songwriter and recording artist in the hill country right out of Austin, Texas. I’m also a National Anthem Vocalist and honored anytime I am able to sing our National Anthem or God Bless America.
Last year,I released a song “Busted’ to radio and all streaming platforms and it charted on the Texas Country Music Chart and in the top 10 on the Texas Internet Radio chart. In April of this year, I released my latest song “Whiskey and Jesus’ to all streaming platforms. This song is also nominated for Single of the Year by the Josie Music Awards taking place at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville October 23rd.
I am so excited for this awards show and walking the Red Carpet at one of the most iconic places in Nashville! Humbled to be nominated in 2 categories: Single of the Year and Songwriter Achievement. I’m a 4x JMA nominee in various categories: Country Rising Star of the Year nominee, 3x Country female vocalist of the Year nominee, Single of the Year nominee, and 3x Songwriter Achievement.
Philanthropy plays a huge part of who I am and love to give back when the opportunity comes up. I’ve played at charities and benefits and always feel honored to be a part of a cause. This year I was invited to play softball on the team roster for the Celebrity Softball Classic in Arlington, Texas and it was an epic and heart warming event.
I would like to thank God, he placed that passion for music in my heart when I was a young girl. It got me through some rough times through the years and music has also been healing for my soul.
Thank you to my AMAZING kids who always believed in me, you are also why I do what I do. Your encouragement and love keeps me going and your support is appreciated. Don’t ever give up, fuel your passion and chase your dream, you can do it!
My mom, she was one of my biggest fans and always supported me in music. She gained her wings almost 2 years ago fighting Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer and her favorite song was “Amazing Grace” so in her last days I would hold her hand and sing it at her bedside. I miss her everyday and wish she could see the amazing things happening, I know she would have been proud.
My sisters, always encouraging me and cheering me on. Thanks for all your support and always being there when I needed someone to talk to, even when it was 2 am.
Josie and Tina Marie Passantino, y’all have given Indie artists a platform to be recognized and I am so appreciative of the hard work you do to make the JMA show a huge success. I’m honored to be a part of the JMA family and thank you to the JMA panel, I know you have your work cut out for you every year but know you are deeply appreciated. I can’t wait to see y’all in October!
- Website: www.janiebalderas.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/janiebalderasmusic
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/Janie_Balderas
- Youtube: Janie Balderas https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi_rk4s7Tvpavnxyk4hoFhA
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2xmbqYhsH5aL6pMkiYC1MJ