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 diverse catalog, from her solo recordings to her folk/pop duo onetwothreescream’s Lit released in 2018. 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.

Jana has released 3 solo EPs as well as several singles, most recently 2020’s “Oh My Heart,” which was an experiment born in quarantine. She set out to learn home recording while traveling less, and this single was the first result. It combines Jana’s folky writer side with her pop production penchant, and she recorded and played every instrument on the track.

Speaking of Jana’s pop side, 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 Aerie Studio in the summer of 2017.  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.

Jana 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 folk 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. She spent years on the road opening for and working with Texas treasures like Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, and Michael O’Connor among others. Pochop also 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.

All the while, Jana settled in to the Austin scene and garnered a home with a regular Wednesday songwriter show at the legendary Threadgill’s in 2019. Jana’s Midweek Modern Troubadour series was a regular feature on the Threadgill’s calendar and Jana hosted guests like Jeff Plankenhorn, Grace Pettis, Shawnee Kilgore, and Adam & Chris Carroll among many esteemed guests.

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)
  • Help Is On the Way – single – onetwothreescream (2019)
  • Oh My Heart – Single (2020)

“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 is absolutely crushing this insightfully fresh combination of folk, indie, hip-hop, pop with the sweetened & bright melodies that keep the hooks in the music just as sharp the lyrics and her songwriting instincts.” – Sleeping Bag Studios Review

Money & Heart is a gorgeous song, breathtakingly honest and compelling with every word, the sudden switch to rap surprises at first but by the time the second verse hits you’re completely entranced by the journey.” – Stereo Stickman Review

“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

Jana Pochop

Photo by Emily Shirley

Awards and Honors

2020 Corpus Christi Songwriters’ Festival: Best of Fest Award

2019 Hollywood Songwriting Contest – Best Pop Song (You Lit Me – onetwothreescream)

2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Contest Alternate

2018, 2017, & 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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