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Frank was born in Steenbergen Holland in 1964. Country Music has always been
His great passion for he grew up with Country Music, his parents were huge fans
of Johnny Cash. Frank's favourite artists include Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Merle
Haggard, Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam.
From the age of 13 years to 15 years he lived with its family in Tanzania, there he learned guitar and the English language.
Up to 1994 music was a hobby for Frank, then he took guitar lessons and he determined to make a success as a country music singer/songwriter.

In 1994 Frank made a tape with a number of cover songs plus one of his own songs. This tape reached Bob Grady Records in Calhoun (Georgia). The first 2 singles were released which both stayed at the #1 position for three months in the European Top 100 Indie Charts. This success took Frank to the U.S. to record his first album "You're A Phonecall I Need To Make"with top studio musicians like John Hughey (Steelplayer with Vince Gill). This album was very succesfull and was choosen for album of the year in his native Holland (Gram Award) 1998 and resulted in 4 nominees by the European C.M.A.
In 1999 his second album "My Way Or The Highway"was released again on Bob Grady records and follows the style of the first album with 5 of Frank's own songs.
In july 2000 the album "My Way Or The Highway" was choosen for album of the year by the European CMA.
Frank has toured in England 5 years in a row now and play at festivals in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain and France.
He has been on stage with BR5-49, Rhonda Vincent, Dale Watson, Heather Myles, Gail Davis, Mike Bella and many more.
May 2002 was his third album "Lolene" released, this time on Country Discovery Records run by Mike Headrick in Tennessee U.S.
This album has 2 covers and 8 songs by written by Frank.

Review CMP
It's been three years since I reviewed Jansen's debut album, You're A Phonecall That I Need To Make, at which time I was quietly impressed by what I heard. Produced by Chester Lester, that album was released on Bob Grady's Label, one that specialises in solid honky tonk music. Jansen is Dutch and Grady sat for hours with the young artist, making him listen to the phrasing and diction of many of the greats in that particular field.
This time around, Grady's only contribution is in the writing of Lonely Lady and collaboration with Jansen on Me And My Memories and Another Place And Time. Jansen is once more produced by Chester Lester and the musicians are the same as those who backed him previously. The results, as before, is good, solid honky tonk music with ample fiddle and steel.
Clay Baker has provided two songs, the title track and Don't Play This, whilst the closing number, the bouncy if fairly inconsequential Cheatin' For A While, comes from the pen of one Mary Ann Pont, whom Jansen informs me is British, although he has yet to find anyone who has heard of her.
The remaining five songs are jansen originals, a couple of which, notably If You Ever Need A Fool, are strong enough to be pitched at names currently much bigger than Jansen's.
Vocally. he demonstrates a genuine understanding for the music and it is a good, well produced honky tonk album.

Review (CMP)
Bob Grady heads a small, independent label which strives to preserve authentic honky tonk music. Headrick has produced three tracks on newcomer Frank Jansen's album, Dwight Yoakam's The Heart That You Own, on which it is clear that Jansen has been listening very closely to Yoakam, a slow, wholly acoustic version of Amarillo By Morning, and the excellent title cut, You're A Phonecall That I Need To Make, a Grady original, but production on the remaining tracks has been handed to Chester Lester.
Apart from the title track, Bob Grady also penned Wish I Could Take Back Her Tears, The Sound Of Closing Doors and Someone New To Take Your Place, demonstrating his love and understanding of honky tonk music. Producer Lester provides another four originals, Long Lonesome Moan, Leave Well Enough Alone, The Blame Lies With Me and Drivin' Your Memory Away, all ideally suited to Jansen's appealing honky tonk vocal style.
Among the featured musicians are Mike Baker, who currently plays lead guitar in Vern Gosdin's band, Mike Schrimf, the keyboard and harmonica man who regularly tours with Loretta Lynn, John Hughey who played steel for Conway Twitty until the latter's untimely death and now tours with Vince Gill, and David Russell, an outstanding session fiddle player who has been featured on countless tracks for major artists. These, along with bass and sensible percussion provide Jansen with excellent backup and those who are partial to honest honky tonk will be more than satisfied with generous helpings of fiddle and steel and piano.
Frank Jansen is a welcome addition to the Bob Grady stable. He understands the music and, his is a name to watch.

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