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Jani Lane
Birth name John Kennedy Oswald
Born February 1, 1964 (1964-02-01) (age 46)
Akron, Ohio, United States
Genres Hard rock
Glam metal
Heavy Metal
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Musician
Instruments vocals, Piano, Guitar, drums
Years active 1982–Present
Associated acts Warrant
Plain Jane
Sean E. River Project
Saints of the Underground
Website www.janilanemusic.com

Jani Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald, February 1, 1964 in Akron, Ohio) is an American recording artist who was the lead vocalist and songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.



Childhood and youth

Lane was born as John Kennedy Oswald on February 1, 1964 in Akron, Ohio, the youngest of five children of Robert and Eileen Oswald. His parents changed his name to "John Patrick Oswald" after getting complaints about his name, but his birth certificate still states his original name.[citation needed] Introduced to bands by his sister Vicky and his parents, Lane played drums under the name Mitch Dynomite in clubs by age eleven. This name (Mitch Dynomite) is listed as the drummer in the credits for Warrant's Latest and Greatest CD. Throughout the years, Lane would sometimes jump behind the kit to play with his band. He has played the drums in various formats and gigs.

Looking for success

Graduating from Field High School in Brimfield, Ohio in 1982, Lane joined the band Cyren, featuring vocalist Skip Hammonds, guitarist John Weakland, bassist Don Hoover (and later, Rusty Fohner) with Lane on drums. After relocating to Florida in 1983, Lane played drums for Dorian Gray, before forming Plain Jane (1985) with future Warrant bandmate Steven Sweet. It was at this time that Lane adopted the stage name "Jani Lane". Jani got the name by spelling Johnny as "Jani." People said it as jay-nee and that stuck. While playing drums with Dorian Gray, Jani began vocal training with Central Florida vocal coach/trainer Ron Feldman. His vocal debut was performed at Fern Park Station in Fern Park, Florida.

Lane and Sweet later relocated to Los Angeles, California, where they took various odd jobs to survive. Struggling to make ends meet as a musician, Lane resorted to working in a pornographic video warehouse. [1]

By 1986, Plain Jane had become a regular feature in the L.A. club circuit. Erik Turner, who had founded Warrant in July 1984, was impressed by Plain Jane's songwriting and vocal performance, and invited Lane and Sweet to join his band.

Early years with Warrant

After generating notoriety on the club circuit, Warrant began to attract the attention of record labels. Following an abortive deal with A&M records over a contribution to the soundtrack for the motion picture Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the band signed with Columbia Records.

As lead vocalist with Warrant, Lane wrote six Top 40 hits: "Heaven", "Down Boys", "Sometimes She Cries", "Cherry Pie", "I Saw Red", and "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The intro to the last song was performed by Lane's older brother Eric Oswald (see Warrant)

Later years with Warrant

Lane left Warrant in March 1993, following the release of the band's critically acclaimed record Dog Eat Dog. He returned to the band in September 1994, helping the band to secure a new record with Tom Lipsky of CMC International.

Lane would continue to show his writing diversity, when Warrant released Ultraphobic in 1995 with the guitar ballad, "Stronger Now". Then, in 1996, Warrant released the more experimental, yet catchy, Belly to Belly.

Due to personal and business disagreements, Lane left Warrant in 2004. In January 2008, the band's agent, The William Morris Agency issued a new photograph of the band with Lane prominently featured, confirming his return to the band. It was the first time that all original members had been in the band since 1992. The band's first show with all original members was in May of 2008 in Nashville. Warrant then performed a series of shows during the summer of 2008, but by September 2008, Warrant issued a statement saying the band would move forward without Jani Lane fronting the band. He was replaced with ex-Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason.

Solo career

Jani has lent his vocals to numerous tribute CDs during the beginning years of 2000 and finally released his solo effort, Back Down To One] in 2003 in Europe and (2006) in the US on Immortal/Sidewinder Records. Lane also has had recent success with the VH1 Metal Mania Stripped discs where an acoustic version of "I Saw Red" is on disc 1, and an acoustic swinging version of "Cherry Pie" is on disc 2.

Lane became involved in acting in the early 1990s. He made a brief appearance in Caged Fear, and also appeared in High Strung in 1991.

Between 1997 and 2000, demos of Lane's solo material began surfacing on the Internet, with some bids on eBay reaching an estimated $US100.00 per copy. The project, titled Jabberwocky, represented a significant musical departure from Lane's previous work. Although featuring the singer-songwriter's distinct vocal melodies and lyrics, the music had more in common with Elton John, Sting, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger than Warrant. The CD has never been officially released.

Lane's official debut solo album, Back Down to One, was released on June 17, 2003 through Z Records. It carried a "power pop" sound which was more closely aligned with the sound of Warrant than the unreleased Jabberwocky project.

In August 2004 Lane withdrew from the Bad Boys of Metal tour after only 8 shows, following a dispute with Quiet Riot's Kevin DuBrow.

Lane contributed vocals on the track "Bastille Day" and "2112 Overture/Temples Of Syrinx" for the Magna Carta 2005 Rush tribute album Subdivisions.

As of 2007, Lane has written many tunes for his second solo effort. He also has added that the long-awaited Jabberwocky project may be released via 2-discs sometime in 2007.

Keri Kelli and Lane wrote a song for Alice Cooper, titled, "The One That Got Away." It was recorded by Cooper on his 2008 record, "Along Came A Spider."

Lane has also finished work on his side project, Saints of the Underground. This project also consists of Bobby Blotzer and Robbie Crane (both from Ratt), and Keri Kelli (from Alice Cooper). Their album, Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner was released on April 22, 2008.

Personal life

In 1990, Lane began a relationship with model Bobbie Brown. Brown is perhaps best known for her role in the music video for the Warrant single "Cherry Pie". Lane married Brown in 1991 and fathered his first daughter, Taylar Jane Lane, with her in January 1992. In 1994, in the midst of band troubles, Lane and Brown divorced. [2]

According to the band, "about this time in 1993, Lane started seeing Rowanne Brewer, a former beauty queen.[citation needed] In 1995, they moved to Orlando, Florida and in 1996 they were married. Lane opened his own nightclub in downtown Orlando, "Jani Lane's Sunset Strip", which has since closed. Eleven months later, in 1997, Lane's second daughter, Madison Michelle Lane, was born. In early 2005, Lane and Brewer divorced. Lane was in a relationship and engaged to former model, actress, and director Sheila Lussier from December of 2005 until December of 2008.[citation needed]

Lane was arrested on June 17, 2009, when he allegedly hit a parked car in Los Angeles. Lane refused to take a sobriety test. He was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and hit-and-run. He pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor DUI and was sentenced to two days behind bars. As part of Lane's plea deal -- in which authorities agreed to drop a hit-and-run charge -- Lane will serve 36 months probation, complete 3 months of alcohol education classes and perform 30 days of Caltrans road work.[citation needed]

Celebrity Fit Club

Lane was featured on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 2 (2005)


With Warrant


With Saints of the Underground

Other Work

  • 2008 Led Box - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute: The Ocean


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