Janien stepped on stage to sing with the Scinta family when it became obvious that Chrissi Scinta wouldn’t be able to open at The D with her brothers, Frankie and Joey, as planned. Janien shares the same heritage and same hometown as the Scintas, as a Sicilian from Buffalo, NY. Starting dance and music lessons at the young age of five, Janien landed her first recording contract at 16, but decided to continue her education at Niagara University, where she graduated cum laude. She moved to Vegas when she landed a starring role in Starlight Express. She has also starred in other musicals, such as Carmen, under the direction of Cirque founder, Franco Dragone. Janien appeared in the hit revue, Peepshow, for over three years, and sings with an opera trio named Poperazzi. This comedienne, actress and singer tries to live by the Helen Keller saying: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Catch Janien at The D, singing with the Scintas, Wed-Sun evenings at 9:00pm.
STRIPLV: If not an entertainer, then what?
JANIEN: My guess is a teacher – I love kids.
STRIPLV: Favorite free time activity?
JANIEN: I love being with my family, but if I get any “me” time, you can catch me reading the latest thriller.
STRIPLV: What makes you happy?
JANIEN: I love cooking and sharing meals with friends, but I’d have to say, next to the obvious (my kids), I love singing and performing.
STRIPLV: What turns you on?
JANIEN: I love a strong man with a sense of humor.
STRIPLV: What turns you off?
JANIEN: I am turned off by anyone who is too clingy or needy.
STRIPLV: What excites you?
JANIEN: Traveling! I love experiencing new cultures and foods.
STRIPLV: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?
JANIEN: I would definitely have dinner with Jesus. It would be amazing to gain firsthand knowledge of his journey both on this earth and after. If he could also share the meaning of life, I would be grateful!
STRIPLV: If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
JANIEN: Well, I know this is typical, but pay off my mortgage, and buy a new BMW, of course!
STRIPLV: One thing that’d surprise people?
JANIEN: I’m kind of a nerd. I love learning and I’m always trying to feed my brain. For instance, I’m currently taking a course on nutrition online.
STRIPLV: What’s something on your “bucket list” that you must do?
JANIEN: I must get to Sicily!!!