From Auckland, New Zealand to Brooklyn, New York, Janine and The Mixtape – known to her family and friends as Janine Foster: singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has been performing her original songs at open mic night since the age of 14. Being encouraged by her father to play the guitar and write songs, she soon flourished her own unique alloy of Indie, R&B, Pop, and Hip Hop.
Janine graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelors of Music in 2010, and won the University Award for Singer/Songwriter of The Year. Releasing her debut single, “Bullets”, in 2012, Foster moved to New York to work on the Dark Mind EP. Influenced from some of the resilient obstacles in her life; as well as sexual abuse, the EP was released in 2013 earning Foster a Critics Choice Award nomination at that year’s New Zealand Music Awards. Two songs from Janine’s Dark Mind ‘s EP was featured on Two of VH1’s television reality series: Black Inc Crew and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.
You like me more when I am broken Is that why you just try to hurt me? You had your mouth full of forever’s; forever’s for me when I’m weak; Forever’s for me when I’m weak.
Baby don’t let me down Got a lot goin’ on right now And I need you to hold me.
Releasing her latest EP XXEP May. 12, 2015 containing 6 songs: We Could Be Better, When I’m Broken, You Deserve It, Old Beside You, Lose My Mind (Sampling DMX Party Up), This moment; mixing genres of Hip Hop, Indie layers, and R&B. With vocal range combinations like; Christina Aguilera with her soulfulness and power – to Aaliyah’s groove and softness. In 2015 she was nominated for the Best Urban/ Hip Hop Album: XXEP for New Zealand’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, where she also performed. In a brief interview at the 2015 Vodafone New Zealand Awards Janine said to be on the lookout for an album in 2016 until then you could check out her music here.