About the Artist
Damoyee Janai Neroes, known professionally as Damoyee Janai, is an award-winning, classically-trained American musician, composer, singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist who started studying piano, music theory, and composition at the age of 2. Damoyee Janai has the distinct and rare gift of absolute pitch. As a vocalist, she is a contralto with a three-octave range and can flawlessly sing from C3 over an octave below middle C to soprano C6. As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays piano, keyboards, synth, guitar, bass guitar, melodica, ukelele, dulcimer, and many percussion instruments. Damoyee Janai has over 16 years of music theory and composition training, and is highly proficient with Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, MainStage, Ableton, and Sibelius.
Damoyee Janai was born October 4, 2000 in Dallas, Texas. She is currently a student at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones). She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for 4 years to attend Berklee College of Music (Lalah Hathaway, Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Charlie Puth, Esperanza Spalding) beginning in the fall of 2019. At Berklee, she plans to major in ﬁlm scoring and minor in music production & sound engineering.
Damoyee Janai is an award-winning musical artist. She has won numerous local, state, national, and international awards for her work in music theory, composition, piano and vocal performance across multiple music genres. One of her highest honors is the prestigious once-in-a-lifetime Paderewski Medal awarded by the American College of Musicians. Damoyee Janai is a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts candidate and national YoungArts winner in two categories: singer/songwriter and jazz voice. In 2019, Damoyee Janai won the DownBeat Student Music Award in the blues/pop/rock soloist category as a pianist and vocalist. Also in 2019, she became a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Vocal Soloist Award at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. Her first win in 2018 was for her performance on ‘Round Midnight by Miles Davis, arrangement by Darmon Meader of the New York Voices. In 2018, Damoyee Janai became a national silver medalist at the 40th Annual NAACP ACT-SO Competition in the music composition category for her composition, The Willow Tree. She won Best Original Soundtrack in the 2017 International Online Web Fest awards for her film score work on Fauk My Life, an independent web series.
Damoyee Janai has performed at many venues of varying sizes throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including headliner on the legendary main stage at House of Blues Dallas. In 2018, she made her Los Angeles, CA debut as a main stage headliner at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Also in 2018, she performed on program with Erykah Badu, RH Factor, and Ashlin Parker & Trumpet Maﬁa at Improvisations: A Tribute to Roy Hargrove at the Montgomery Arts Theater in Dallas, Texas. At the tribute, Damoyee Janai performed as a soloist and keyboardist on songs by Roy Hargrove and The RH Factor.
Damoyee Janai independently released her ﬁrst project, an EP titled Thankful, at age 13 for which she wrote the music and lyrics, performed piano, vocals, harmonies, and served as co-executive producer. On December 20, 2016, she independently released a 12-track studio album, From the Bottom of My Heart, when she was 16 years old. In addition to lyrics, music composition, vocals, piano, and percussion, Damoyee Janai produced the album.
Damoyee Janai released a new single titled Insane on April 26, 2019.