Published on August 19th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Janet Gardner On Her New Album “Synergy” With Husband Justin James, Vixen’s Legacy & More

Known for being the lead vocalist of the popular female rock band Vixen, Janet Gardner’s powerful vocals propelled Vixen to the top of the Billboard charts with crossover hits “Edge Of A Broken Heart” and “Cryin’” and AOR rockers “How Much Love” and “Love Is A Killer”; Vixen ultimately reached Gold-selling status. Over the years Vixen toured extensively, grinding out 200 shows per year many years, opening for the likes of Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, KISS and Bon Jovi.

Teaming up with guitarist, songwriter, producer and Justin James — who has worked with members of Staind, Collective Soul and Tyketto on various projects — Gardner ventured into the solo realm to unleash a new side of her musical creativity. Together, Gardner and James have penned a new collection of emotionally charged songs with gritty grooves, infectious hook and inspired lyrics that merge hard rock influences from the last 4 decades. Pavement Entertainment signed the duo, leading to the release of an acclaimed full-length duo album in the Fall of 2017.

Now, the duo is back as Gardner/James. Together, they bring you Synergy, which features the single “Wounded,” an emotionally-charged tune with powerful vocals and guitar that fuses the 1980s-style hard rock with today’s brand of radio-played hard rock. Synergy came out via the aforementioned Pavement Entertainment record label earlier this month on August 7, 2020.

As embedded below, I had the pleasure of speaking with Janet Gardner via Zoom on August 19, 2020. More on all things Gardner/James can be found online via

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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