Janice “Janny” Grein (November 6, 1946 – August 4, 2011), Christian singer, songwriter.

Janny Grein was one of the early pioneers of the Contemporary Christian music movement. Influenced by the folk-rock style of Carole King, James Taylor, and the Eagles, she began to establish herself in the music scene in Nashville in the mid-1970’s. During this time, she and her husband came to Christ after seeing the Hollywood classic film “King of Kings” on late-night television. Janny recorded a series of acclaimed and success albums for Sparrow Records in the late 1970’s, including “Free Indeed,” “Covenant Woman,” “He Made Me Worthy,” and “Think On These Things“. After leaving Sparrow, she continued to record and release albums on her own private labels.

Janny maintained a devoted following throughout her career and established a ministry with her husband, Bill. They travelled the world, leading crusades, revival meetings, and healing services, seeing many lives transformed through her music, message, and prayers. Many of her songs became early classics of the Jesus movement and were covered by other artists. These included hits like “Bread Upon The Water” and More Than Conquerors/Count It All Joy.”

She also wrote an influential book about ministering through music that has been an important resource for worship leaders. She recently was part of the “Beginnings” Tour with other early CCM artists, such as Barry McGuire, Chuck Girard, Don Francisco, and David Meece. The group recorded a concert DVD. Janny died after a battle with cancer.

Visit the official Janny Grein website: www.janny.com

On a personal note, she was one of my earliest influences as a young Christian musician. Her powerful voice and gifted songwriting continue to comfort and inspire me.