“I participated in American Idol and Katy Perry told me I sounded like Heart without a Heart” – introducing: Jane N’ The Jungle

Jane N’ The Jungle, from Phoenix, is a force to be reckoned with rock band, lead by female powerhouse vocals. In 2013, childhood friends Jordan White (lead vox) and Brian Dellis (guitar), began writing songs together. Years later these songs turned into them forming Jane N’ The Jungle.

White toured with Up With People after high school and graduated with A BFA in Musical Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Dellis is a self-taught guitar player who grew up playing in punk rock bands. Bryan Dague (bass), also known as “Big B”, joined the band in 2018 after recording for “Concrete Jungle” at Gravity Studios in Chicago. The rock band combo creates a distinctive sound that blends rock ’n’ roll, 90’s alternative, and modern rock crediting Heart, Pat Benatar, and Soundgarden as some of their influences.

In 2020 the band gained recognition with their singles “Animal” and “Lucky 7” produced by super-producer/engineer Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Soundgarden, Tantric) at legendary Pearl Sound Studios (Asking Alexandria, Eminem, Filter).

Jane N’ The Jungle was recently featured on Spotify’s Fierce Femmes, All-New Rock, and Women of Rock Spotify Radio playlists along with alternative radio stations. KOZE, 99.7 The Biltz, KCMQ, KWSS, KFMA, The Dark on FM 94 and more.

On April 9, 2021, Jane N’ The Jungle’s brand new single “Trouble” dropped worldwide. It was produced by Chuck Alkazian and music video directed, shot, and edited by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera. “Trouble” launches a new era for the band and breaking them out as true rock n’ roll artists. We did an interview with Jordan, check it out below!

Beginnings:

Brian Dellis (guitarist) and I went to kindergarten through high school together but never spoke because we had a different group of friends. We reconnected after I moved back home from college. I graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.

While I was there my teachers told me I should focus on my writing/songwriting rather than a musical theater career.

I then learned how to play guitar and performed at open mics and coffee houses in Hollywood. I moved back home to save up money to move to Nashville to become a songwriter. I had a show at Kazimierz in Scottsdale, that Brian attended and came up to me after saying he was interested in forming a band with me. We began writing and formed a garage band in 2013. We had many musicians come and go during that time and would perform shows at small bars and venues. The band broke up soon after and I moved back to LA to form another band.

I met musicians on Craigslist and soon after we were performing at rock venues on the Sunset strip. I was very inspired by the LA rock scene during that time.

With musical differences with the new group, I was playing out with we decided to part ways. I moved home to Phoenix and begged Brian to play guitar with me for a few shows that I had booked. In 2015, I formed Jane N’ The Jungle with many musicians coming and going. Brian later decided he was going to stay and continue with the band. We met Big B while we were playing shows together with Dirt Moon. We asked Big B to come out to the studio with us in Chicago and play bass for some songs off our “Concrete Jungle” record in 2018. We had great synergy while in the studio and have been together ever since. We are very fortunate to have really great drummer friends that perform with us depending on the show, project. Yuichi Ikeda is a great drummer in Los Angeles that has been playing with us and recorded drums on our 2020 releases as well as our new singles we are releasing in 2021. 

Behind the name:

The name came after people kept telling me that I was so quiet and shy and then I would belt out on stage and turn into this character that really shocked them. A few people mentioned as a joke that I was like Jane and the Jungle and it clicked, and that’s how the name came to be. 

Inspiration:

We are inspired by many things but during the pandemic, I think we were most inspired by each other and the pure joy of just creating music. We would have skinny margaritas and be inspired by different riffs. There is not a band or musician that inspires us the most. However, for the first time, Dave Grohl inspired us with our new single “Trouble.” The guys told me I should belt out the song like Dave Grohl, so I did.

With “Concrete Jungle” we were inspired by just trying to create music we liked, it was a very organic, free-flowing project. We have a bunch of songs written but don’t have a set album planned. We hope that we can get into the studio soon and work on one.

Teamwork:

We usually get together and have food, drinks, and jam. The guys are very patient with me and will do riffs as I freeform lyrics and melodies. I do the approach where I just say the first thing that comes to mind, sometimes it makes sense sometimes it doesn’t. “Trouble” was written in about an hour and came very easily for us.

COVID-19:

We haven’t been performing live shows for over a year now since the pandemic. We’ve learned new ways to connect with our audience through live streaming. I think the pandemic has brought us closer as a band and helped us realize that we need music.

Fun facts:

Oh gosh, I could go on all day! (laughs) One time, one of our hosts in Santa Monica played Bruce Springsteen concerts blasting all night thinking that it would turn us into fans and we got like 2 hours of sleep. Bruce Springsteen is now a band inside joke. One time, we performed a fake show but didn’t know it until we were there. It was so embarrassing…

Jane is actually in my name = JordANWhitE

I participated in American Idol and Katy Perry told me I sounded like Heart without a Heart.

Thank you for all the love and support for our music! We look forward to releasing a few singles this year and hope we can perform live shows with everyone as soon as it’s safe!

Jordan’s message

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