Born Timothy Janis in 1968, in New York, NY: Education: Attended high school at Admiral Farragut Military Academy and college at the University of New Hampshire where he received his Bachelor's degree in music composition. He also studied sound engineering at Peabody Conservatory of Music. Addresses: record company - Tim Janis Ensemble, Inc., P.O. Box 250 York, Maine 03909. Website - Tim Janis Official Website: http://www.timjanis.com
With over one million albums sold, five National Public TV Specials, and 10 Billboard Charting CDs, composer Tim Janis has worked with some of the top artists in the music and entertainment business -- from Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Ray Charles, to George Clooney and James Earl Jones. Janis creates what many in the media have called Music With a Mission, music projects which aim to advance important causes through music. It started in 1999, when Janis teamed up with the People's Princess Foundation to create a children's charity fundraising album to accompany the internationally touring exhibit of Princess Diana's Dresses. Then Janis teamed up with McCartney and Joel to create Music of Hope, a fundraising CD for the American Cancer Society.
Soon he took his mission overseas, recording the first CD with Sinikithemba, the all-female, all-HIV+ choir from South Africa, who went on to tour the US four times to spread an uplifting message of unity in the Africa AIDS crisis. The US State Department got involved and began inviting Janis to lead music fundraising concerts in Eastern Europe as an example of the American culture of goodwill and philanthropy. Then Janis teamed up with George Clooney to create the Beautiful America Public Television fundraising special, which rose over $2,000,000 in donations during its broadcasts.
In 2005, Janis embarked on one of his most ambitious Music With a Mission projects yet -- with the blessing of the Chinese government, Janis performed a series of concerts in mainland China, including a Chinese televised stadium performance, to promote the beauty of America -- concerts that featured his uplifting instrumental compositions combined with images of America's natural monuments and parks projected on giant screens. In doing so, Janis hoped to expose the Chinese people to a beautiful side of America they might never have seen before, and potentially pave the way for further cooperation between the two countries. This project followed a trip to Kenya, where Janis recorded over 500 students as part of a fundraising project for African public education.
Later that same year Tim Janis teamed up with international humanitarian aid non-profit Church World Service to support a new education project in Kenya, entitled the School Safe Zones project, which aims is to build up primary school education in Africa.
A key aspect of the School Safe Zones project that inspired Janis was the program's specific and yet ambitious goals. While in its initial stages, all efforts are focused on ten model schools in and around Nairobi, Kenya, with each school determining its greatest basic needs. These needs range to a water system, school supplies and also teacher training. Combined with fundraising from within Kenya and the United States, the ultimate target is to prove that bettering primary school education in Africa is entirely possible and is a necessary step in producing a more promising future.
Janis built his music career from the ground up, following an intense grass routes path. From over 500 performances at the beginning of his career, he grew a fan mailing list of more than 70,000 people. His listeners sent him literally thousands of letters and emails describing how uplifting his instrumental music has helped them cope with difficult circumstances. It was this moving response from his audience and the inspiring stories of his listeners that in turn inspired Janis to devote his career to directly helping people through music.
He has received tremendous support from the retail community in spreading his benefit albums. From Barnes & Noble and Borders to Wal-Mart and QVC, Janis's Music with a Mission projects have reached a wide audience -- for example, the American Cancer Society Music of Hope album reached #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart in 2001.
With millions of dollars raised and many lives changed, Janis truly believes that music can help heal some of the challenges of the world.
by Andrea Prescott
Tim Janis's Career
- Amazing Love (2009)
- "Celebrate America" (2009)
- An Enchanted Evening (2008)
- Golden Heat Land
- Sunrise Piano
- Woven in Time (2007)
- Life Songs (2007)
- Gifts of the Heart (2007)
- The American Christmas Carol (2006)
- Wondrous Christmas (2006)
- Quiet Shore (2006)
- Lighthouse Piano Collection
- Coastal America (2006)
- Winter's Eve (2005)
- Promise (2005)
- Coming Home (2005)
- Christmas Piano Collection (2005)
- American Horizons (2005)
- Summer Piano Collection
- Beautiful America (2004)
- Across Two Oceans (2004)
- Simple Gift of Christmas (2003)
- Flowers in October [Bonus DVD] (2003)
- A Thousand Summers (2002)
- American Composer in Concert (2001)
- Water's Edge (2000)
- Flowers in October (1999)
- December Morning (1999)
- Christmas (1999)
- Etain (1996)
- Along the Shore of Acadia (1996)
- Ghost Town (1992)
- Children's Books
- Shine Like a Lighthouse
- Ruth Sight & Sound theaters
- Public Television Specials
- Tim Janis: An American Composer in Concert (2002)
- Tim Janis: Beautiful America (narrated by George Clooney) (2004)
- Tim Janis: Coastal America (narrated by George Clooney) (2006)
- Tim Janis: The American Christmas Carol (narrated by James Earl Jones) (2006)
- Tim Janis: Celebrate America (2008)
- Tim Janis: Celebrate America (2009)
- The Tim Janis Management Team
- Office Manager Chip Drost
- Assistant Cory Drost
- Public Affairs Director Andrea Prescott
- School Coordinator Jack Chen / Flute
- Bangor Daily News, November 30, 2001, p.7.
- Billboard, February 17, 2001.
- Boston Globe, September 5, 2000, p. C1.
- Dayton Daily News, March 13, 2001, p. 3C.
- Hartford Courant, November 27, 2001, p. D1.
- Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME), September 16, 1996, p. 2C; October 10, 1999, p. 1E.
- Tampa Tribune, December 14, 2001, p. 2.
- Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), March 3, 2003, p. B1.
- Tim Janis, All Music Guide, http://www.allmusic.com (November 11, 2003).
- Tim Janis Official Website, http://www.timjanis.com (November 11, 2003).