About

“A singer-songwriter with the articulation of a street poet.” – Terri Hendrix

Jana Pochop (the ‘h’ is silent) began her vastly diverse career as an independent singer-songwriter when, as a child, she asked for a drum kit and her parents got her a guitar instead. She discovered Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin at the age of 11 and found a beautiful purpose for that guitar. Her instinct for deep grooves and poignant lyrics are obvious on her most recent musical offerings, onetwothreescream’s Lit released in 2018, her 2017 singles, and her 2014 EP Throats Are Quarries. Jana combines her gifts; lyrics that are as fearless as they are vulnerable, as skeptical as they are hopeful – woven into beautiful and fully fleshed arrangements.

onetwothreescream (all one word…say it really fast) is a duo project formed in Austin, Texas, the brainchild of Jana and producer Mark Addison. Mark produced Jana’s folk-rap, Money & Heart, at his homebase Aerie Studio in the summer of 2017. The pair clicked creatively and found they share similar views on the melding of smart lyrics and pop beats that make your cells rearrange when you crank up the volume. Lit is six songs of pure folk pop, an amalgamation of two artists who believe that making a serious statement can align with a not-so-serious approach to the music. From the cinematic storyline in “18 Hours” to the atmospheric creepiness of “The First Cold War” to the post-apocalyptic party folk of “Fault Lines,” onetwothreescream delivers a pop EP imbued with the tension of our modern times.

Likewise, 2014’s Throats Are Quarries completed a trilogy of EPs crafted by Jana and producer Daniel Barrett, affirming that she’s got one foot firmly planted in the grassy-rootsy folk genre while the other stomps around the pop world like a boss.

Jana Pochop hails from the culturally rich Albuquerque, NM, where she earned a degree in History from the University of New Mexico, all the while playing coffeeshops, street corners, and hippie festivals. She says it was at the University where she learned how to learn…a skill that she uses constantly while maneuvering the ever-changing music business. She honed her performance chops at open mics and opening slots, and in 2006, moved to Austin to close the gap in her pursuit of a career in music.

Jana has allied with many of the Texas music makers like Terri Hendrix, Susan Gibson, Elizabeth Wills, and Michael O’Connor. She has gotten a lot of field experience traveling with Gibson as tour manager / documentarian over their 10 years of working together, and Jana has toured everywhere from Seattle to Sweden with Gibson. In 2016, Pochop joined Kiya Heartwood’s band on electric guitar and toured Ireland and the U.K., playing Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh and The Isle of Wight.

Jana knows first hand that all independent singer songwriters must be part entertainer, part entrepreneur. Besides the musical mark Jana is making, she has carved another niche by helping other musicians reach their goals. Her mantra is “community and content” and she started her own consulting business, Social Thinkery. While wearing her Thinkery cap, she helps musicians and other small business improve their web presence and engage their community using her years of experience and yes, that history degree.

Discography:

The Early Year (2008)
For & Against (2010)
Throats Are Quarries (2014)
Lightning – Single (2017)
Money & Heart – Single (2017)
Lit – onetwothreescream (2018)

“Jana Pochop is a dynamic writer, singer and guitar player….With a uniquely original voice and a driving right hand rhythm style, she delivers a powerful solo show. With a totally honest approach, Jana writes lyrics that she had to have lived through”. – Lloyd Maines

Jana’s new record is full of lines & melodies that only Jana Pochop can come up with.  Her writing voice & singing are among my most favorites.  The words & melodies seem to come straight right from her sweet heart and really sweet, wise brain, and the production is inventive & sublime. Now I wait impatiently for the next group of songs to come down the line.” – Walt Wilkins

“Jana Pochop writes intelligent pop songs with melodic hooks that keep the interest of the listener. She’s a singer songwriter with the articulation of a street poet. Her guitar chops keep the depth of her writing buoyant and positive regardless of the subject matter.”Terri Hendrix

“Jana Pochop has always been one of my all time favorite songwriters. This EP (Throats Are Quarries) just made her one of my favorite artists. It’s incredible and brilliant.” – Elizabeth Wills

“Rare is the recording that captures an artist reaching the top of her game both lyrically and musically at the same time, but that’s what Jana has on her hands here. Her words cut to the heart of inspiration as easily as an inked needle pierces the skin– the former leaving the same indelible mark as the latter. Quite simply, Throats Are Quarries is a brilliant work of art.” – Drew Kennedy

“Her last name is as original and unique as she is…the real deal.” – Terri Hendrix

“Pochop proves she doesn’t need a GPS to navigate clear of streets jammed with fellow female singer/songwriters who lack her drive, vision and literary insights.”
– Austin inSITE Magazine

 

Jana Pochop

Photo by Emily Shirley

Awards and Honors
2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Contest Alternate
2017 SongDoor International Song Contest Honorable Mention
2014 SongDoor International Song Contest Honorable Mention
2010 Texas Songwriters Serenade Contest Finalist
2009 Kerrville Folk Festival Ballad Tree Selected Regional Performer
2009 Texas Songwriters Serenade Contest Semi-Finalist

“It’s been a while since we’ve heard a folk female artist like Pochop, and if you haven’t heard her name in some big circles yet, I’ll wager you will, soon.” – Middle Tennessee Music Blog Review (2013)


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