Killing time living in the Midwest, Jana found a guitar in her mother’s closet and taught herself to play. She became a Christian in high school through Young Life, and was involved with the youth ministry at Willow Creek Church in Illinois. While attending San Diego State University, she began leading worship for college students. Working later as the children’s director at a Forest Home Christian conference center, Jana met popular Christian children’s artist Mary Rice Hopkins, and served as her musical partner for 6 years. Simultaneously, she led worship for a college ministry in Orange County, CA, and began recording collections of her original adult praise music in 1989. Her projects today in the adult genre include: Free Indeed (1989), Here In Your Hands (1992) - both produced by Denny Bouchard; and There Will Come A Day (1995) - produced by John Andrew Schreiner. No Place Like Home (2000), was produced by Jana’s husband, Ron Alayra.
Jana has an inspiring and natural connection with children, and a knack for writing catchy, biblical songs designed just for them. Ron is a gifted producer dedicated to giving the songs fresh originality as well as depth and quality musically. Jana and Ron have recorded five collections of original children’s praise music - Jump Into The Light (1995), Dig Down Deep (1997), Believin’ On (2002), Look Out Now (2006), and Totally Transformed (2010). Ron and Jana’s songs are used in churches and groups all across the country and internationally.
Jana’s music can be found on her website: http://www.janaalayra.com/.
Edited by smiles613 on 7 Jan 2012, 23:18
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