July 2010 – Musician – Jane Siberry



Jane Siberry (born October 12, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario is a Canadian singer-songwriter, known for such hits as “Mimi on the Beach”, “I Muse Aloud”, “One More Colour” and “Calling All Angels”. She has also released material under the name Issa.

Her music has drawn from a wide variety of styles, ranging from new wave rock on her earlier albums to a reflective pop style influenced by jazz, folk, gospel, classical and liturgical music in her later work.

Siberry was studying music and microiology at the University of Guelph when she released her debut album, Jane Siberry in 1981. The album was relatively successful for an independent release, but the follow-up, No Borders Here was critically acclaimed and included the underground hit “Mimi on the Beach”.

The Speckless Sky was a commercial and critical success, and Siberry moved to a major label in time for The Walking, which was a critical success.. The Walking was released on Reprise Records internationally, but remained on Duke Street Records in Canada. Reprise would become her Canadian record label as well with her next album, Bound by the Beauty in 1989.

In 1993, Siberry worked with Michael Brook and Brian Eno on When I Was a Boy. That album’s most famous song, the k.d. lang duet “Calling All Angels”, first appeared in Wim Wenders’ Until the End of the World, and was later re-recorded for the Pay It Forward soundtrack. The album was noted particularly for its introduction of the more spiritually-oriented themes that have become a hallmark of her later work.

Following the release Maria, Siberry founded her own independent label, Sheeba Records. She has released all of her subsequent material on that label. shen has a devoted cult following. All of her independent albums have presented material organized around a particular theme, such as Christmas music, songs about communication, or traditional spiritual music.


Early in 2006, Siberry closed her Sheeba office, then sold and gave away nearly all of her possessions—including her home and instruments. She presently retains one traveling guitar, but none of the other instruments featured on her albums and in her concerts. In 2006, she told The Globe and Mail that she had kept a very few precious possessions, including her Miles Davis CDs, in storage.

On June 3, 2006, somewhere in north western Europe, Siberry changed her name to Issa. She revealed her new name to the public on June 24, 2006. She has also indicated, however, that her older music will remain available for sale under the name Jane Siberry; only her new material will be released as Issa. She indicated to The Globe and Mail that she chose the name Issa as a feminine variant of Isaiah. Jane would like it known that ‘they suggested this: i didn’t know it was.’ Jane also mentioned ‘ I have closed issalight.com and all issa pages. now i only have janesiberry.com and facebook (jane siberry)

On July 4, 2006, she gave a lecture at University of British Columbia in Vancouver on the topic of “Cracking the Egg: A Look from the Inside”. She began with a poetic meditation on science and life, and then opened the floor up to questions from the audience. She talked about her recent adventures in decommodifying her life, her change in name, and her new conception of herself as an artist.

In 2006 and 2007, she documented the process of recording some thirty new songs in her journal, posted on her MySpace page and on issalight.com. In autumn 2008 she finalized three albums. The first one is entitled Dragon Dreams, and was released on December 12, 2008.

In 2009, she released With What Shall I Keep Warm?, with both names, Issa and Jane Siberry listed on the cover.

In December 2009, Siberry notified her fans that she had recently changed her name from Issa back to Jane Siberry.

Biography taken from Wikipedia

Lnl Questionnaire

“these questions are bit difficult to answer as i prefer to be favourite-free.

so i will read questions differently than you’ve asked.” – Jane Siberry

Your favourite virtue?

most mysterious virtue – integrity

Your favourite qualities in a man?


Your favourite qualities in a woman?


Your main characteristic?

don’t know

What draws you most to your friends?


Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?

my current integrity

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?


Your idea of happiness?


What is your favourite way of spending the day?

having no plans and then being busy

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?

i look forward to more freedom and being able to work on a larger scale. like … a king in prosperous times for all?

Where would you most like to live?

it is an amazing world


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